| Mar 6, 2014
| 12:14 PM
A Stanford distance runner became the first active Division I-A athlete to sue the NCAA over concussions Wednesday.
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Jessica Tonn accused the NCAA of inadequately educating...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 6:46 PM
Jim McMahon recalls hanging out with former Super Bowl XX Bears teammate Dave Duerson about a month before Duerson committed suicide, shooting himself in the chest Feb. 17, 2011.
“He was a lot more quiet than I originally had known him to be,&...
| Jan 28, 2012
| 4:04 PM
The question was one Hunter Hillenmeyer didn't want to answer.
It was 2010, and the Bears had just placed him on injured reserve after the third publicly documented concussion of his eight-year career. After meeting with reporters at Halas Hall, he was...
| Feb 11, 2012
| 9:03 PM
On Friday, a mother and her four children will drive to South Bend, Ind., to place flowers by a mausoleum.
They will say a prayer.
They will drive away, break bread, and then they will turn the page.
That is how Alicia Duerson and her children —...
| 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.
| 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...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 7:00 PM
A foundation named after former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson, who committed suicide last year, donated 80 concussion kits on Friday to football programs at Chicago public high schools.
“It is our hope and duty to contribute to a safer game of football...
| Sep 22, 2012
| 2:54 PM
A heroin dealer in upstate New York. A juvenile court judge in Tennessee.
A Stanford grad overseeing $500 million in pension funds for Florida state retirees. A felon who watched his son win the Heisman Trophy from a jailhouse TV.
These are your 1994...