‘They use you up’: Hall of Famer Dorsett suing NFL — Tony Dorsett, star running back for the Dallas Cowboys in the late 70s and 80s, alleges the NFL never has and is not now doing enough for players who’ve suffered concussions and other head injuries in games. Now that they’re retired, many have serious issues that no one really banked on. There are a lot of names in this article I remember from their playing days; it’s pretty shocking. Head injuries in the NFL have been in the news a lot lately, but there’s still not a lot being done, really. I suspect what needs to be done would make the game less attractive to fans, though.
Gordie Howe’s dementia fight personal and public — Howe played for the Red Wings from the 40s into the 70s, and came out of retirement to play for the Winnipeg Jets, largely so he could center a line with two of his sons, at least one of whom was notable in the game in his own right. He’s 83 now and was already involved in fighting dementia in honor of his wife, who passed away from a form of it. Now he has it too. He played maybe most of his career before helmets became mandatory in the NHL, but there’s no way of knowing whether his condition is a result of repeated head injuries (and he’s old enough now to where anything could’ve caused dementia).