Retired NFL Players Are Depressed And Don't Even Know It: Study

The most striking aspects of the new head-trauma study of former NFL players published in JAMA Neurology are not the formal findings per se. In many ways, those merely quantify and validate suspicions that even casual fans likely hold. The rub is that 40 percent of the retired players that researchers in Texas… »2/05/13 12:15pm2/05/13 12:15pm


Dave Duerson Had Less Than $20,000 In Assets When He Committed Suicide

Dave Duerson was a millionaire and a successful CEO after the conclusion of his 11-year NFL career. But when he shot himself in the heart last year, leaving behind a note that asked his family to donate his brain for dementia testing, Duerson was going through bankruptcy proceedings. He owed hundreds of thousands of… »3/07/12 12:40pm3/07/12 12:40pm

25 Years And Four Presidents Later, The 1985 Bears Will Finally Visit The White House

The '85 Chicago Bears are one of the most iconic championship teams in NFL history. Payton. The Fridge. Ditka. McMahon. Buddy Ryan and his 46 defense. That rap song. A 15-1 record in a season that ended with playoff shutouts of the Giants and Rams followed by a 46-10 drubbing of the Patriots in Super Bowl XX. »10/05/11 11:40am10/05/11 11:40am

The Dave Duerson Autopsy Report Is Predictably Heartbreaking

The Miami-Dade County medical examiner has released her final report on the death of former NFLer Dave Duerson, who shot himself through the heart last month and instructed that his brain be donated to head trauma research. Confirmed by the report is that Duerson complained of "memory loss and inability to spell," and… »3/23/11 12:05pm3/23/11 12:05pm

"You Have To Accept My Pain": An Interview With Dave Duerson Three Months Before His Suicide

On Nov. 27, I spent an hour on the phone with former Pro Bowl defensive back Dave Duerson. It had been seven years since his mother's death and 364 days since his father's burial, and the following day he would celebrate his 50th birthday. Less than three months later, he sent some text messages to his family and shot… »2/23/11 9:15am2/23/11 9:15am