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Sylvia Mackey, left, wife of former National Football Player John Mackey, greets Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Wood before a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee about football brain injuries at the Capitol. A recent study of retired players suggested that NFL retirees ages 60-89 are experiencing moderate to severe dementia at several times the national rate. According to Wood's guardian, fellow former NFL player Robert Schmidt, Wood is a "living, breathing example of the issues of concussions and their correlation with dementia."
October 28, 2009