What does Jovan Belcher, Ray Esterling and O.J. Murdock Have in common? They all were famous football players who commented suicide. Each player had something called chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. This is a condition where sufferers have had repeated hits to the head that leads to concussions and ultimately head trauma. In this paper we will review the data NFL to see could they have prevented CTE in these players if they had placed the player’s safety first.
In this paper you will be introduced to each player from my thesis statement above. According to USA Today (Mihoces, 2013) Jovan Belcher loved to play sports especially wrestling and football in his early years before going on to be drafted in the NFL. He was drafted in 2009 with the Kansas City Chiefs and defied the odds by being a great defensive player. On December 1, 2012 he killed his girlfriend and himself (Mihoces, 2013). His mother is currently suing the Kansas City Chiefs for a wrongful death suite to the many concussions that he received while on the football team (Skretta, 2014) Ray Esterling played for the Atlanta Falcons and for many years and retired at the age of 35. He committed suicide at the age of 62 and an autopsy was done and CTE was found inside his brain (Tierney, 2012) His family has also opened a case against the NFL for a wrongful death suite as well. Last but not least there was O.J. Murdock loved sports as well. He was the superstar player in high school and later in college continued playing the game. However O.J Murdock never played NFL. He took his life while sitting in the parking lot of Middleton High School (ESPN New York, 2012). Each player was believed to have CTE an...
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D. Skretta January 1, 2014 http://www.hutchnews.com/news/article_e774de34-8a9a-5c75-8336-114d7fd86614.html
Mike Tierney (7/26/2012)
ESPN New York , 7/30/12
Jason La Canfora, Aug 3, 2012
League could suspend players for helmet-to-helmet hits
Peter Berkes on Aug 8 2013, 9:00a
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