Emily Kaplan, NFL Players, and ‘Concussion’
The debate about the role football plays in the manifestation of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is getting the Hollywood treatment in the upcoming film Concussion. MMQB staff writer (and former Penn Stater intern) Emily Kaplan ’13 watched an advanced screening of the film with 70 former professional football players. The reaction from the ex-NFLers was powerful. Here is a sampling of what happened:
“It was difficult to watch, but a good difficult,” said Danny Buggs, a Giants and Redskins wideout from 1975 to ’79.
Keith McCants, the fourth overall pick in the 1990 draft, drove six hours from Tampa to see the movie. When he exited the theater, he retreated to a bench in the lobby. Tear-soaked, the 47-year-old former linebacker hovered over his cane. “This touched my soul,” he said. “It was outstanding, but I can’t process it all, not right now. I watch this movie and I know we were paid to hurt people. We were paid to give concussions. If we knew that we were killing people, I would have never put on the jersey.”
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Bill DiFilippo, online editor