It's a tough year for the NFL. Last week, Pewaukee's own J.J. Watt suffered a season-ending fracture in his leg. The same week, NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. of the Giants broke his ankle. And this week it hits closer to home, with Aaron Rodgers possibly out for the season with a broken collarbone. Football injuries are nothing new, but these last three seem to highlight the inherent violence of the game. After all, all three injuries occurred on legal plays, with nothing much that could have been done to prevent them.
The whole debacle calls to mind a recent study released by the medical journal JAMA, which showed a very strong relationship between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative brain disease thought to be caused by repeated trauma to the head.