| Aug 15, 2013
Football periodically faces extinction, but never has the game been enveloped in a crisis as odd as the current one. Just when the game plays safer than at any time in its 144-year history, its critics threaten to make the game history. Sportswriter Frank...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 2:12 PM
In December of 2012, Kay Morris, her three sons and daughter were gathered around the bedside of Larry Morris at Presbyterian Village in Austell, Ga. He has stopped eating and drinking, and was in a semi-comatose state.
They talk to him, but they are...
| Aug 31, 2013
| 4:31 PM
The story of the 1963 Bears, Chicago's overlooked champions, begins at the end of the 1962 season.
That year, the Bears won four of their last five games, including a 3-0 season finale against the Lions that many of the players recall as one of the...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 5:54 PM
During the pregame show before February's Super Bowl in New Orleans, Deion Sanders shared his thoughts about the thousands of former football players filing concussion lawsuits against the National Football League.
"The game is a safe game," the...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 8:28 AM
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took issue with the notion that the league's $765 million settlement with former players is a paltry sum compared to the sport's revenues.
"This is a significant amount of money," he said Wednesday. "The plaintiffs also...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 9:00 AM
One way to describe the NFL's handling of concussions and their debilitating effects on football players — studies have pointed to brain-altering consequences such as CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) — is as a costly fumble. Whether it's...
| Aug 17, 2013
| 9:50 PM
The lawsuit by former NFL players against the league claiming lack of warnings to players about the dangers, and alleging studies showing damage were covered up, has generated massive public focus.
There is a lawsuit in its early stages brought by...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 10:53 PM
LANSING, Mich. -- A former college football star who disappeared in the Michigan wilderness during a fishing trip died of pneumonia caused by inhaling his vomit, after he became disoriented possibly because of a painkiller combined with having a...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 6:37 PM
A new study by a Chicago-area researcher casts doubt on the idea that football players are suffering the degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, but the findings still show an elevated risk of cognitive problems later in...
| Jun 23, 2013
| 5:05 PM
Since I became alarmed some 30 years ago about the lack of certainty for long-term consequences caused by concussions suffered by my superstar NFL clients, the news has gotten progressively more discouraging.
Breakthroughs in brain research and...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 5:39 PM
LOS ANGELES -- The family of former San Diego Chargers star Junior Seau, who killed himself last year, sued the NFL on Wednesday, saying that brain damage he suffered during his 20 years in the league led to his suicide.
Seau's children and ex-wife,...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 10:34 AM
The family of football star Junior Seau is suing the National Football League, asserting that he committed suicide because of the brain injuries suffered during his career....