| May 3, 2012
Through her tears, Luisa Seau said that there had been no warning of this. How could her son, Junior, who had so much promise in his life and during a glittery football career, want to kill himself? "I don't understand," she wailed.
But Seau, 43, a...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 2:59 PM
Former Chicago Bears defensive back Shaun Gayle has filed a lawsuit against the National Football League, joining hundreds of former players who say repeated head injuriesthey suffered on the field have produced debilitating health effects.
| May 2, 2011
| 5:54 PM
For the family of Dave Duerson, the announcement Monday that scientists found signs of damage in his brain may shed some light on the Chicago Bears star's erratic behavior.
But for the National Football League, the findings add to questions about whether...
| Mar 23, 2011
| 10:38 PM
More details have emerged about the suicide of Dave Duerson, with an autopsy report describing how the former Chicago Bears safety placed a folded American flag at the head of his bed before shooting himself in the chest.
The autopsy report from the...
| Apr 22, 2011
To properly know who Ronnie Lott is, and what he has become, it is important to know who he was.
Also, it needs to be established that Lott will be 52 on May 8, which makes him, in the ongoing discussion of the long-term impact of NFL injuries, a...
| May 11, 2011
| 6:31 PM
I have an update to a story I brought you a couple of months ago. Examination of the brain of Dave Duerson shows signs of the degenerative disease linked to concussions.
Duerson killed himself and left instructions to study his brain. Duerson had at...
| May 3, 2011
The chilling news that Chicago Bears star Dave Duerson suffered brain damage from repetitive blows to the head raises an obvious question for parents of young athletes: How can we protect our kids?
One free strategy is to “dramatically reduce the...
| May 14, 2011
| 12:22 PM
Stefan Duma is unlikely to join Bruce Smith, Frank Beamer and Michael Vick on Virginia Tech football's Mount Rushmore. But his contributions to the game may prove as enduring as any sack, game plan or touchdown pass.
A professor at the Virginia Tech-Wake...
| Aug 26, 2011
The scowl that creased Troy Piccinini's face on a recent afternoon was not the game face of a football player, at least not this fall.
Piccinini, 16, just had struggled through tests of his short-term memory and other cognitive functions. After suffering...
| Oct 6, 2011
| 9:43 AM
We knew this was a unique story. After a quarter century, the Chicago Bears were coming to the White House for a celebration of their victory in Super Bowl XX.
The long delay was a product of tragic circumstances. Two days after the Bears beat the New...
| Aug 3, 2012
| 5:00 PM
Are you ready for some football? First, however, are you ready for some autopsies?
The opening of the NFL training camps coincided with the closing of the investigation into the April suicide by gunshot of Ray Easterling, 62, an eight-season NFL safety...