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Drew Brees

The NFL Is Far from Fixing Concussion Problem

2/27/2013 4:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Long-term brain damage remains a serious issue among NFL players ... and the league still has LOTS of work to do in order to fix it ... so says New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees.

Brees said, "I think it's a major issue. It's something that we need to continue to put research [into] and treatment protocols at the forefront to try to find ways to treat guys that have those long-term head and neck injuries when they leave this game."

He added, "It is definitely a serious problem."

You'll recall, pro football has recently come under intense scrutiny for its long-term health risks -- following the high-profile suicides of several NFL stars like Junior Seau. The deaths have been attributed to a brain disease stemming from injuries the players sustained during their careers.

Last week, Adrian Peterson -- one of the greatest running backs of all time -- said he would never let his son play the game.

Even President Obama has said he would have to think twice about whether he would let a son of his play football due to the health risks.

The NFL has diverted a lot of resources to address the problem ... but not much has been done ... and the players are getting pissed. 2,700 players have already sued the league, claiming the NFL intentionally kept the long-term dangers of playing football a secret.

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exlax    

just another locker room cry baby that likes to shower with men

600 days ago
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tdr9    

We need more news

600 days ago
33.

Timmy Boy    

Do those stupid helmets, the big shoulder pads don't cut it?

600 days ago
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ladidaaa    

Our boy Drew sure has a lot of haters! That's ok, he'll be laughing all the way to the bank next season while the rest of our state is once again in that Superbowl win afterglow now that the dream team (Brees and Payton) are back together! WHO DAT!

600 days ago
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RobH    

I think we have cut Brees enough slack and it is now time for him to shut up. Perhaps he should have spoken up about the injuries and his concern for other players when his defense was getting paid to hurt people.

600 days ago
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Jay W.     

LOL... NFL keeping the long term dangers of playing football a secret. Huh?

600 days ago
37.

LSU_kitten    

Who Dat! I love Drew Dat! Great answer breezy. Haters are gonna always hate Dat!

600 days ago
38.

lifehacker    

Hey what's the problem here? Football injuries are just part of the game. If a bunch of men want to wear tights, run, grab, head butt each other for money, let them do it. Most of them ain't that smart anyway. And besides, a permanent injury always makes good entertainment.

600 days ago
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Saints fan    

The Saints were used as scapegoats by the NFL to make it look like they were actually doing something about player safety. The truth is that they only had a pay for performance pool going. If they actually were trying to hurt someone it would have been shown on tape and it wasn't there. The NFL and That prick Roger Goodell only cares about the money and could give a damn about the players. They're playing CYA right now. Who Dat bitches!! We're coming back in 2013 and the haters are scared! Love you Drew!

600 days ago
40.

Tony626    

1. Danger is no secret in football. 2. I doubt they'd finish college and forego being paid to play the game. I know they weren't all making millions, but they've been getting far more than an average American is paid for decades.

600 days ago
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Mrugowsky    

Tom Brady won't be such a pretty face in 20 years when he has concussion induced dementia.

600 days ago
42.

McSmack    

Hey, let's hold off on elevating AP to "one of the greatest running backs of all time", he may have rushed for 2000 yards, but get a Ring and we could MAYBE include him with Jim Brown, Emmitt Smith and the 2 Greatest Running Backs EVER, Barry Sanders and Walter Payton.

600 days ago
43.

SPEAK-the-TRUTH    

To quit hearing people, players, critics and everyone in between make them sign a waiver in their contract.. They know the physical anise they are going to put themselves in.. They make a lot of money but know the dangers of playing this sport!! Make a video to everyone coming from college to the nfl if they want to risk Injury or something leave school an go to the nfl if not make something of yourself and get a degree. Know the dangers before you go into a profession.. Injuries are going to happen you can't prevent anything!!

600 days ago
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Jeff Portlance    

Th NFL is not solely responsibile for football related Brain injury. It started in Pop-Warner football into high school and onto college. Don't tell me that those years of hits meant nothing and that only in the NFL did it mean anything. If I am the NFL I pull in all football on all levals as defendants if it came to it.

600 days ago
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maria    

I will never understand how these players think the NFL should/could fix their concussion problems. It's a brutal sport with brutal guys playing it. Alot of them hit to hurt, and unless they were bubble wrap from head to toe, there are going to happen.

600 days ago
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