Head Trauma in Football: A Special Report

Monday Morning Quarterback
Matthew Stafford Comes of Age
Matthew Stafford Comes of Age
Sometimes you just feel it. And on Sunday, staring a loss in the face, the QB felt it, leading the Lions to an inexplicable victory and growing up a lot in the process. Plus, more of my thoughts from an offense-heavy Week 8
By Peter King
Open Field
Where the Game is Headed
Where the Game Is Headed
Will football fade away, or adapt and grow? We take a realistic look at the NFL a decade down the road and find a safer game thanks to technological advances, refinement of the rules and a focus on playing smarter
By Jenny Vrentas
Business of Football
The Other Lawsuit
The Other Lawsuit
Retired players settled with the NFL out of court, but they still have pending concussion litigation against helmet manufacturer Riddell. No one’s talking—there's a gag order in place—but we break down the particulars and try to predict how football will adapt to growing concerns about brain trauma
By Andrew Brandt
Open Field
You Can’t Please Everybody
You Can't Please Everybody
The NFL is doing what it can to solve its head trauma issue through an ongoing evaluation and revision of its rules. Ask the players for their take, and they'll say football needs to change. But what should that change look like? It depends on whom you ask
By Robert Klemko
Behind the Face Mask
Life After Concussions
Life After Concussions
What is it like to learn the latest information about the effects of head injuries, knowing you suffered a few yourself? Ex-NFL player Nate Jackson shares his perspective of being scared to death while simultaneously craving to play again
Open Field
The Price of Head Injuries
The Price of Head Injuries
Football has come a long way in raising awareness about the seriousness of concussions, but the resulting knowledge could end up having a negative impact on how college players are scouted before the NFL draft
By Andy Staples
Behind the Face Mask
A Clear Mission
A Clear Mission
Head trauma dominates the headlines, forcing many to debate the future of football. But a high school coach in Arizona wonders how society could ever eliminate something so beneficial?
Behind the Face Mask
A Moral Dilemma
A Moral Dilemma
Though he played football through college, a high school coach from the Northeast believes the risk of head trauma is now too grave and won’t let his children play. He questions the ethics of leading others’ kids onto the gridiron, and wonders if we should all be having second thoughts about the sport
Open Field
Lessons of a Football Father
Video: Lessons of a Football Father
Former fullback Fred McCrary on teaching his sons the game he loves and the lessons he’s learned
Open Field
‘Father Time Ain’t On My Side, That’s the Truth’
‘Father Time Ain’t On My Side’
Former fullback Fred McCrary banged heads for 11 seasons in the pros. He’s working to become an NFL referee and watching his sons grow up in the game. Life is good, he says—except for the migraines, and the fear of what’s to come
By Jim Trotter