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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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lander    

this story reminds me of the time when i was working at the and then the cat was out of food so we went to the store to buy that new DVD about the family thing.

516 days ago
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Nun ja biz    

I love drew!

516 days ago
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tdr9    

Brain damage is a serious issue

516 days ago
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Mrugowsky    

It's the trade off for being paid millions to play a kid's game. They should make better helmets but the game is inherently dangerous.

516 days ago
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montana23    

I get the being upset about the long term damage, but they should have known that going into one of the roughest sports there is. It just seems obvious to me, if you play a game where your getting hit by giant guys your going to getnhurt.

516 days ago
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RJMorris82    

You know how you get rid of concussions or make them happen less, you get rid of helmets and pads. Players wont hit eachother as hard because of they have to protect themselves too. You look at Aussie Rules football or Rugby and they have less injuries and concussions because they don't have a ton of Armor protecting them from injurying themselves when they hit someone.

516 days ago
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DopeLikeCoke    

Who's putting a gun to your head and making you get paid millions to get tackles every week? The answer...no one.

516 days ago
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Ace    

Save the research money, in 100 years robots will be playing the game not people.

516 days ago
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Michelle Nelson    

There is NO solution for the NFL and CTE...OUR taste for this sport must be fixed. There is NO safe tackle football, NO safe head hits.

516 days ago
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Black    

Chill out all the 2700 players that are suing all are having financial problems. Coincidence I think not. So out of the millions of players that have played and a few have "brain problems".

516 days ago
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KicksandGiggles    

Ok Better protective gear is obvious but where does the NFL obligation end to these players? They already make millions, more than enough to participate in off season training, they have access to premium sports medical care, and if they sneeze a doctor will wipe their nose. All jobs have hazards some life threatening. Its part of the job. Paint fumes are crazy dangerous but a painter is not paid thousands to paint a room. His employer is not going to provide anything other than a mask and safety instructions. If the players were all that concerned about their safety, they would stop wearing earrings and other jewelry. Like MRUGOWSKY says, its the trade off for the $$. Too bad most are not smart enough to prepare for life after the game fame.

516 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

these guys know from the time they start playing football of the risks.they play anyway then make huge money doing so then turn around and blast the very sport that was good to them.if you dont want to cut your hand off dont get a job working in a saw plant if you dont want to get a concision dont play football.simple as that.

516 days ago
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bjay    

Drew is right. 49ers dumped their QB after a concussion and he lost his starting position for good. Niners should have been fined for that... As it is they did earn alot of bad karma and probably won't see another championship for years.

516 days ago
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Truth    

MEHHH... LOOK, U WILL NEVER STOP CONCUSSIONS IN THE NFL. NO FOOTBALL HELMET IS FOOL PROOF NO MATTER HOW HARD OR INSULATED. ONCE YOU GET HIT UR OPEN TO CONCUSSIONS. NATURE OF THE GAME. ONLY WAY TO PREVENT CONCUSSIONS?? DONT F*CKING PLAY, POINT BLANK! #TRUTH!!

516 days ago
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Rich     

I'll agree with DREW, it might be the most major problem in the NFL. Obama statement just Bull **** to get his name in the papers. He has no legal sons so it make little difference as to his opinion.

516 days ago
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