"Please, see that my brain is given to the N.F.L.’s brain bank." - a handwritten note from Dave Duerson, 50, a former N.F.L. safety who committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest.
Chronic Traumatic Encephalophathy, a degenerative brain disease which can only be diagnosed post-mortem, has been found on an increasing number of football players.
This Times piece by Bob Herbert was written a little under a year before the Saints story broke. I really don't know that I'm going to be able to watch football this year.