Maybe it's because I'm female, maybe because I grew up in countries that liked soccer (though they did call it "football") more, maybe it's because I've lived in areas in the US where there were far more things to do than watch football games on Friday nights, but I just don't have a deep and abiding love for the game of football. I know people that do (looking at you, Amato) and I sort of understand it, but I just cannot understand why there hasn't been more outcry from the fans to address the issues of traumatic brain injury.
Of course, as science has advanced, we've learned concussions are more than just pain. Recent research on the pathology of brains, conducted by the Boston University Center, suggests that over time a high level of exposure to intense physical contact can cause permanent brain damage. Potential risks include chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which can cause depression and suicide in older athletes. Many suspect that CTE, a condition caused by a high number of concussions, could have led to Junior Seau's recent suicide.
It's more than Seau's suicide. Many other former NFL players have committed suicide after suffering from the effects of CTE, even if it hadn't yet been diagnosed. How is this okay with any real fan?