Concussions in the NFL: How Worried are You?

Share:

January 29, 2015

For football fans everywhere, the NFL’s concussion crisis has raised some uncomfortable questions about what it means to love a sport that’s been shown to cause lasting harm to its players. The league’s ratings continue to enjoy near-record highs, yet at the same time, scientific research increasingly suggests that football can lead to a wide range of long-term brain conditions.

In one recent poll, a majority of Americans said they expect football to be just as popular in 20 years, but 50 percent said they would not want their son to play the game. Joining the chorus of those worried about children playing football is Mike Ditka, the legendary coach of the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears, who in an interview this month on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel said, “I think the risk is worse than the reward. I really do.”

With Super Bowl XLIX just around the corner, we wanted to see what you think. How big of a problem are concussions in football? And how much have they changed your feelings about watching the NFL?

Click on any box below to share your thoughts in our interactive poll and then scroll below to read what others had to say.


Jason M. Breslow

Jason M. Breslow, Former Digital Editor

Twitter:

@jbrezlow
Chris Amico

Chris Amico, Former Interactive Editor

In order to foster a civil and literate discussion that respects all participants, FRONTLINE has the following guidelines for commentary. By submitting comments here, you are consenting to these rules:

Readers' comments that include profanity, obscenity, personal attacks, harassment, or are defamatory, sexist, racist, violate a third party's right to privacy, or are otherwise inappropriate, will be removed. Entries that are unsigned or are "signed" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. We reserve the right to not post comments that are more than 400 words. We will take steps to block users who repeatedly violate our commenting rules, terms of use, or privacy policies. You are fully responsible for your comments.

blog comments powered by Disqus

More Stories

Interview: Joe Biden on School Shootings
Then-Vice President Joe Biden discussed school shootings and gun control in a previously unpublished interview with FRONTLINE from November 2014.
May 26, 2022
Exclusive: What Joe Biden Told FRONTLINE About School Shootings and Gun Control in 2014
In remarks this week, President Biden cited his history trying to pass “common sense gun laws” — a subject he talked about in a 2014 interview with FRONTLINE, back when he was vice president and was confronted with Sandy Hook.
May 25, 2022
Two Years After George Floyd’s Murder, Minneapolis’ Efforts to Transform Safety Remain Unfinished
City leaders say they see promise in new programs that rely on civilians for some services, but recent developments have raised fresh questions about whether the MPD can be reformed.
May 25, 2022
FRONTLINE’s “A Thousand Cuts” Wins Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award
The 2021 FRONTLINE documentary examining renowned journalist Maria Ressa's fight for press freedom in the Philippines has been honored with an RFK Award in the International TV category. 
May 24, 2022