Head injuries have been the biggest focus of CFL discussion this week thanks to Doug Brown's comments on players' life expectancies and other frightening research. Naturally, his comments prompted some backlash, and that's understandable; if the statistic Brown cited about players having an average life expectancy of 55 is accurate, it would be awfully hard to keep players and fans on board with the league without serious changes. However, even if that one piece of information proves not to be entirely applicable, it doesn't mean the league and its players can shrug off the rest of the mountain of evidence that concussions are not only disturbingly prevalent in football, but also have significant impacts on the post-football lives of those who suffer them.
The question marks about the life expectancy statistic are worth investigating, though. Dave Naylor points out that only one player from the 1983 Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts is known to be dead, and that applies to only twoRead More »from Data debate doesn't mean concussions can be ignored