| 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...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 11:07 AM
Former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson’s family today sued the NFL over his suicide last year, claiming the league for decades had known that concussions from playing football cause brain damage but deliberately concealed that information from players,...
| 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 5, 2012
| 6:51 PM
Just hours before the 2012 NFL season kicked off, a new study suggested that professional football players were three times more likely to have neurodegenerative diseases than the general population.
When researchers specifically looked at Alzheimer's...
| 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...
| Sep 27, 2012
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At some point your mom or dad probably said, “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.” Ralphie from “A Christmas Story” knows what I’m talking about.
Many people participating in activities...
| Feb 18, 2011
A roundup of state and local news-review and weekly political chat shows. Descriptions provided by the broadcast outlets in most cases: Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review (WTTW): Host Joel Weisman with Mary Mitchell (Chicago Sun-Times), Mike Flannery...
| Feb 28, 2011
Clinton Portis' seven-season stint with the Washington Redskins has ended. The 29-year-old running back, coming off back-to-back seasons cut short by injuries, was released by the team Monday after opting not to restructure his deal. Portis, who spent his...