February 2, 2015 |
PHOENIX - For the second straight year, and in his second year of eligibility, Philadelphia native Marvin Harrison didn't garner enough support to be selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night. The former Colts receiver will have to wait his turn, like several from this year's group of inductes, in some cases for more than a decade. Defensive end/outside linebacker Charles Haley finally made it on his 11th try; wide receiver Tim Brown got in on his sixth attempt; running back Jerome Bettis needed five years; and it took four tries for guard Will Shields to be selected.
August 18, 2014 |
A dark depression dogged Donnie Moore when, in 1989, the star-crossed reliever, recently released, put a bullet in his brain. Eighty-two years earlier, Chick Stahl, a .307 lifetime hitter in 10 big-league seasons, ingested a fatal dose of poison in his Indiana hotel room. And it was during a 1940 road trip to Boston when Cincinnati Reds catcher Willard Hershberger sliced his jugular with a razor. Locker rooms are, in many ways, fortresses. The sports sanctuaries are designed to insulate athletes from autograph-seekers, other fans and, for all but brief designated periods, the media.
November 11, 2013 |
To: Charles Eliot, President of Harvard (1869-1909) Re: Banning football Sorry, Charlie. Turns out you and all those other high-collared, high-minded, Gilded Age reformers were right when it came to football. More than a century ago, when you were calling for its prohibition, you better understood the nature of the game than we do today. You saw the grim toll of injury and death and weren't afraid to call the sport "barbaric. " You condemned it as "a fight whose strategy and ethics are those of war. " And, unlike your successors as America's university presidents, you weren't afraid to call for its abolition.
January 24, 2013 |
ADD JUNIOR SEAU'S family to the thousands of people who are suing the NFL over the long-term damage caused by concussions. Seau's ex-wife and four children sued the league Wednesday, saying the former linebacker's suicide was the result of brain disease caused by violent hits he sustained while playing football. The wrongful-death lawsuit, filed in California Superior Court in San Diego, blames the NFL for its "acts or omissions" that hid the dangers of repetitive blows to the head.
January 12, 2013 |
Junior Seau, one of the NFL's best and fiercest players for two decades, suffered from a degenerative brain disease often associated with repeated blows to the head when he committed suicide last May, the National Institutes of Health said in a study released Thursday. The NIH, based in Bethesda, Md., said Seau's brain revealed abnormalities consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. It said that the study included unidentified brains, one of which was Seau's, and that the findings on Seau were similar to autopsies of people "with exposure to repetitive head injuries.
January 11, 2013 |
JUNIOR SEAU, one of the NFL's best and fiercest players for 2 decades, suffered from a degenerative brain disease often associated with repeated blows to the head when he committed suicide last May, the National Institutes of Health said in a study released Thursday. The NIH, based in Bethesda, Md., said Seau's brain revealed abnormalities consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. It said that the study included unidentified brains, one of which was Seau's, and that the findings on Seau were similar to autopsies of people "with exposure to repetitive head injuries.
September 19, 2012
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday to discuss his suspension that was temporarily lifted. "I've got no expectations right now," Vilma said as he entered NFL headquarters with his lawyer, Peter Ginsberg, shortly before 2 p.m. They came out a little more than three hours later, and Vilma called the meeting "very frank, very truthful. " Vilma was one of four players suspended in the bounty scandal. But an appeals panel this month said Goodell must clarify his rulings to ensure no part of his decisions was based on salary-cap violations.
August 21, 2012 |
WHILE THEY understand the public's concern over what might be perceived as an apparent hazing incident involving Prince Amukamara, several New York Giants insist that throwing the second-year cornerback into a tub of ice water was a football tradition and not bullying. Amukamara and Jason Pierre-Paul, the Pro Bowl defensive end who threw him into the metal ice tub, maintained Monday that they are friends and there was nothing personal involved. Neither would say what triggered the obscenity-laced incident.
May 6, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - Bobby Ross was a rookie NFL head coach in the spring of 1992 when linebacker Junior Seau turned and watched a pass sail downfield during a passing drill in the last practice of the San Diego Chargers' minicamp. "I said, 'Repeat the play - Seau loafed,' " Ross said. The words hit Seau just as hard as he hit running backs and quarterbacks. "He turned on me real fast: 'What are you talking about?' "I said, 'You didn't run to the ball, Junior. What if the ball was tipped?
May 4, 2012 |
JUNIOR SEAU'S death has been ruled a suicide by the San Diego County medical examiner's office. An autopsy Thursday confirmed that the former NFL linebacker died of a gunshot wound to the chest, the medical examiner's office said. The office said further details would be released in a final investigative report, which may take up to 90 days to complete. Officials said they were awaiting a decision by the family on whether to turn over Seau's brain to unidentified outside researchers for study.