The NFL

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

It gets harder to watch everyday:


Dave Duerson, a former NFL player who committed suicide in February, had "moderately advanced" brain damage related to blows to the head, according to the researcher who made the diagnosis. "It's indisputable" that Duerson had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disorder linked to repeated brain trauma, Dr. Ann McKee said Monday. 

 The findings were announced as part of an effort conducted by the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University's School of Medicine. The CSTE Brain Bank has the brains of more than 70 athletes and military veterans, with football players comprising more than half of the athletes. 

Duerson played safety in the NFL for 11 seasons, seven with the Chicago Bears, and was chosen for four Pro Bowls before retiring in 1993.

I can't even name the dude the Cowboys picked in the first round. I know Cam Newton went number one, but it's a blur after that.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/05/the-nfl/238232/