ALS Advocacy

ALS Advocacy
Lou Gehrig's Disease - Motor Neuron Disease - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Thought it had been cured by now? Still no known cause. Still no cure. Still quickly fatal. Still outrageous.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Rick Telander Tells An Important American Football Story

What football did for us and ... what football did to us

... But even that's not enough for Mary Hilgenberg, Wally's widow, who resides in Florida. She believes that CTE can be the catalyst for Lou Gehrig's disease, that concussions, even mild ones, set the stage for brain horrors down the road.
''I believe Wally died of CTE that caused ALS symptoms,'' she says. ''There were days as a player when he didn't know he'd played in a game. I know when the big concussion happened -- 1968. He was out cold. Two players dragged him off the field -- it was on national TV -- so the Vikings weren't charged with a timeout. After he died, Dr. McKee saw that on his brain.'' ...


Perhaps it's time for some serious off-season study. Perhaps it's past time.

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