Being a professional football player does come with certain risks, but ultimately the NFL and the team is responsible for preventing player injuries. Over the past couple of years, many players and former players have started talking about the concussions they suffered on the field and some of the dangerous effects they have had, but nothing is more dangerous than suicide, such as the suicide of former Denver Bronco Michael Current, who admitted to suffering several traumatic brain injuries throughout his career.
The man’s body was found on Jan. 16 after years of complaining about headaches and issues related to his head. In the end, it seems the successive on-field concussions finally got to Current and police believe he shot himself in the head with a shotgun.
While Current’s suicide is certainly a tragedy, the NFL has also had several other players commit suicide or sustain permanent brain damage from years of getting hit in the head. On average, the typical NFL player will receive 15-20 concussions from the start of high school football through the end of their professional careers. It also appears that some doctors don’t believe concussions will ever heal, meaning that a single concussion can lead to complications much later in life.
There will always be a certain degree of risk for people playing football, but the sheer number of concussions players face throughout their careers indicates that NFL teams are not doing enough to protect their players’ brains. While most people in Colorado don’t play professional football, concussions can happen in any workplace and at any job. Part of an employer’s responsibility is to prevent against these types of accidents, so anyone that suffers a TBI at work should look into a workers’ compensation claim.
Source: HULIQ, “NFL player Michael Current kills self as Duerson: concussion suicide remembered,” Dave Masko, Jan. 20, 2012