Former NFL Quarterback Bernie Kosar Undergoing Treatment For Brain Trauma
The news that former NFL star Junior Seau was suffering from a debilitating brain disease before committing suicide last year was still fresh when reports surfaced that another former NFL player, quarterback Bernie Kosar, has been receiving treatment for his brain disorder. Behind both of these situations lies the number of concussions each suffered over the course of their playing days. What do the reports say?
According to a Reuters news agency report Seau was the victim of repeated blows to the head.
A study of Seau’s brain by a team of independent researchers found he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, likely brought on by two decades of blows to the head as a football player, the report said.
The doctor treating Kosar, Dr. Rick Sponaugle, told CBS that the trauma suffered by Kosar was similar to that of Seau’s.
Sponaugle compared the trauma Kosar experienced on the football field to that of someone involved in a head-on, car collision. “Bernie, in effect, put his head through the windshield every Sunday,” he said.
There is no question that the players of today are bigger, stronger and faster than those of just a few decades ago which begs the question, has football–a violent game to begin with–become too violent and, if so, what can be done to protect the players.