‘Duerson Suicide Shows NFL Body Count Rising Like WWE’s — But With New Intrigue’ … today at Beyond Chron

‘Duerson Suicide Shows NFL Body Count Rising Like WWE’s — But With New Intrigue’
February 21, 2011
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February 22, 2011

The gruesome decades-long underground American saga that is the football concussion crisis has never gotten in our faces quite like the story of the suicide last week, at age 50, of one-time National Football League defensive player of the year Dave Duerson.

How many levels are there to the news that Duerson put a gun to himself, but not before texting family that he wanted his brain donated for research on the brain-trauma syndrome now known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)? Let us, like Elizabeth Barrett Browning, count them. It begins with the fact that he shot himself in the chest – perhaps with supreme confidence that by avoiding his head and leaving intact his postmortem brain tissue, it will confirm that he is around the 21st diagnosed case of CTE among former football players.

Duerson is the latest casualty of a sport that has evolved, via training technology and industrial design, into a form of gladiatorialism whose future human and economic viability is questionable. The New Yorker and The New York Times have started assessing this cultural phenomenon with their own brands of competence and Ivy League restraint. From the closeted gutter of pro wrestling, where all the same venalities play out with less pretense, I’m here to tell “the rest of the story” – such as how the same corrupt doctors who work for the NFL also shill for World Wrestling Entertainment, and how it’s all part of the same stock exchange of ethics for profits and jock-sniffing privileges.



1 Comment

  1. joe bloggs says:

    Maybe Joe Maroon and Mark Lovell can be elected to both the NFL and WWE hall of fame. The tag team “Doctors of Death.” The kill their opponents with medical negligence.

    Think about it. These guys could be the best “heals” since the Iron Sheik.

    We all know wrestling is fake and so is their medical advice.