'Why Can't I Remember That?' — Former NFL TE Ben Utecht, Age 35
Former NFL tight end Ben Utecht still remembers what it's like to play in front of a crowd of 70,000. But he can't remember singing at his close friend's wedding. At 35 years old, Utecht has written a book to try to preserve his life's memories.
3 Stories: Heads Up Football, A Rookie's Bad Day, Caffeine Doping
Can football actually be made safer? Can one unlucky pitcher bounce back from his nightmare major league debut? And which performance enhancer is immune from the Olympic banned substances list? Rachel Bachman of the Wall Street Journal and Will Leitch of Sports on Earth join Bill Littlefield.
'Concussiongate': Meet The School Board Candidate Running To Ban High School Football
Russell Davis is running for a position on the school board in Nevada's Clark County. Among the tenets of his platform are mandatory personal finance classes, nutrition education... and a ban on high school football.
High-Interest Loans Tempt Families Waiting For NFL Settlement Checks
While former players wait for NFL settlement checks, some are considering taking high-interest advances on their awards. But are these men, who suffered brain damage from playing football, in the right frame of mind make that decision? Karen Given has our story.
How The $1B Concussion Settlement Fails Former Players
Evidence of CTE has turned up in nearly all of the former NFL players whose brains have been examined. Yet many of the players suffering from the symptoms of CTE are unlikely to get relief under the terms of the concussion settlement affirmed by a federal court on Monday. Bill Littlefield has the story.
Concussion Settlement Affirmed, But Fight Must Continue
On Monday, a settlement to which the NFL and retired players agreed was deemed acceptable by a U.S. court of appeals. The NFL hopes that’s the end of the story that began with thousands of former players suing the league. Bill Littlefield hopes it’s not.
3 Stories You Should Know: NFL Studies, Buscaglia, Retirement Tours
Should more media attention be paid to women's sports? Have athlete retirement tours gotten out of hand? And, in the wake of another damning New York Times report, should Roger Goodell to be ousted as NFL commissioner? Sports writer Erik Malinowski and Only A Game's Karen Given join Bill Littlefield.
3 Stories You Should Know: Aroldis Chapman, Brandi Chastain, MLS
Does the MLB handle domestic violence cases better than the NFL? Why is Brandi Chastain's donation of her brain to CTE research so important? And will soccers' detractors ever change their tune? Vice Sports' Patrick Hruby joins Bill Littlefield and Karen Given.
King Henry VIII Might Have Had CTE
King Henry VIII is remembered for marrying six women...and beheading two of them. But what if Henry VIII was more than just a bad husband? What if some of his erratic behavior can be traced back to a jousting match and the same degenerative brain condition that now affects former athletes?
3 Stories You Should Know: Concussion Test, Rooney Rule, Sit-Ups
What would happen to football if a blood test could determine brain damage? Should other leagues adopt the NFL's Rooney Rule? And would anyone be sad if they were told to stop doing sit-ups? Patrick Hruby of Vice Sports and The Wall Street Journal's Rachel Bachman join Bill Littlefield.
'Concussion' Changes The Game For Players, Fans
The film "Concussion" tells the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian immigrant who discovered C.T.E., a neurodegenerative disease linked to repetitive head trauma. Can a Hollywood blockbuster starring Will Smith raise awareness about the dangers of football? "We were paid to kill people," one former NFL player said after seeing a sneak-preview of the film.
Charlie Pierce: The Week In Sports
It's Thanksgiving week, so Bill Littlefield and Only A Game analyst Charlie Pierce are talking football: NFL concussion policy, which NFL teams will play in London next season and an amazing performance by Calvin Johnson. Also, Charlie offers a tip of the cap to a 22-year-old Amish man who completed the Harrisburg marathon.