Samuel Kerr

Frank Gifford 1930 - 2015 (aged 84)

Frank Gifford 1930 - 2015 (aged 84)

Joe Perry 1927 - 2011 (aged 84)

Joe Perry 1927 - 2011 (aged 84)

Ollie Matson 1930 - 2011 (aged 80)

Ollie Matson 1930 - 2011 (aged 80)

Earl Morrall 1934 - 2014 (aged 79)

Lew Carpenter 1932 - 2010 (aged 78)

Cookie Gilchrist 1935 - 2011 (aged 75)

Ken Stabler 1945 - 2015 (aged 69)

Forrest Blue 1945 - 2011 (aged 65)

Forrest Blue 1945 - 2011 (aged 65)

Ray Easterling 1949 - 2012 (aged 62)

Dave Duerson 1960 - 2011 (aged 50)

John Grimsley 1962 - 2008 (aged 45)

Chris Henry 1983 - 2009 (aged 26)

2017

Since 2005, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) has been detected in an increasing number of American football players. This neurodegenerative disease is commonly found in people who have suffered multiple head injuries, notably those participating in contact sports on a regular basis.

Currently, CTE can only be definitively diagnosed after death, though many living NFL players (including O. J. Simpson) are suspected of having the disease. Symptoms of CTE include disorientation, dizziness, headaches, memory loss, social instability, impulsive and violent behaviour, vertigo, deafness, dementia, depression and suicidality.

Despite the severity of the disease and the resulting tragedies inflicted upon the lives of many American football players, the NFL’s hesitance towards accepting responsibility, as well as a failure to raise awareness of the issue, treats its athletes like commodities, prioritising monetary gain over the health and safety of the individual.