Is Football Over?
Published on January 28, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I wrestle with my feelings about football.

Basically, I enjoy watching it, but I'm becoming more alarmed by the research suggesting it causes an array of health problems, such as CTE, later in life.

Here's an excerpt:

For Christmas, I received two New England Patriots-themed gifts: a winter hat with the team’s logo on it and a hooded sweatshirt just like the one coach Bill Belichik wears on the sidelines, minus the cut-off sleeves.

The sweatshirt is nice and warm and I wear it at home. I wear the hat when I ski and go for walks, and hope people don’t throw rocks at me or yell nasty things. Up until last weekend, when the Patriots were summarily embarrassed on their home turf and sent packing, I was proud to wear this hat. Now I feel a little silly when I put it on.

The Patriots’ loss marked the end of the NFL season for me. Yes, I’m bitter. And I hate the Baltimore Ravens.

But there’s more to it. I’ve become increasingly troubled by football and what we’re learning about the game’s impact on players. I’ve enjoyed watching games this season, but as the season has progressed, I’ve also felt increasingly guilty.

My guilt peaked early last week when researchers at UCLA reported that signs of the crippling degenerative disease known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, had been identified in living ex-NFL players for the first time. Using brain scanning technology, the researchers detected the presence of an abnormal protein associated with CTE, which is linked to dementia, memory loss and depression, and is triggered by repeated head trauma, such as concussions.

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