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NFC North

NFL settlement will make football safer

NFL settlement will make football safer

Though I don't regret playing years of football, I never realized that in doing so, I would be sacrificing my central nervous system, linked directly to my brain. Fans of the game certainly remember the crowds roaring after helmet-to-helmet hits. Those sounds still resonate today, though they are totally different for those of us inside the helmet. Twenty-three years after playing my last professional football game, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. I knew my knees might suffer, and I even came to expect shoulder and back injuries. I never did realize the "Black and Blue" division — the NFC North teams known for their intense rivalries and physical style...