Transcript for How Will the NFL Tackle Its Concussion Crisis?
legend, hall of famer and former Monday night football analyst frank Gifford died of natural causes in August. But a team of pathologists saying that Gifford had cte, a disease results from brain trauma. That's detectable only after death. The Gifford family saying our suspicions that he was suffering from the debilitating disease were confirmed. NFL commissioner Robert Goodell said -- we're not waiting until science provides all the answers. We're working now to improve the safety of our game. Still, cte and the effects of head injuries on players has had a big impact on the league. So, what would be the impact of these new revelations? Let's bring in "Usa today" columnist Christine Brennan. And Chris Nowinski. Christine, I want to start with you. You wrote in your column this week that a national conversation that we should all having of concussions should come easier with frank Gifford. Because he's a national name that crosses over from sports, ma that, into our culture. Save the HIV with rock Hudson and with magic Johnson, that conversation was advanced. Addiction with Betty Ford. Very different issues all. But the common theme there is a big name that crosses into all households and you can say, now, frank Gifford had this? Everyone knows frank Gifford. There's not a person that doesn't know him. A football player frank crossed over into our lives in a big way. Chris, I saw you listening to the quote from roger Goodell. Saying we're not going to wait for science we're going to make the game safer. You said over and over again that the NFL is too powerful, will this change anything for them? Well, I don't think it will change much for the NFL. But the big conversation we need to have, if this dose responsible relationship, we look at youth football. The problem is, the NFL is making some moves to their game, they can't make the youth game safe, but they're marketing it to so many children. You played football, high school college? Yes. You said you have some effects of this? Absolutely. I likely have cte. I'm really motivated that our researchers can find a way to diagnose this and treat people like me. And, Christine, I interviewed the head of the health program at the NFL, the chief doctor at the NFL, she was going through what we do for concussions. You pull them at this time. I have to say, I keep thinking, but we don't really know about that much of concussions, are you comfortable with what they're doing now? It's better than what they were doing before. But last week there was a quarterback that kept playing with a concussion. They had a conference call. This is still a work in progress. It's not just football. Girls' and women's soccer, it's a huge issue there. I wonder 50 years, will we have football? We're going to have it the next 20, 30. 50 years, I don't know. What happens with those kids especially maybe the suburban kids, will they choose football or other sports? Moms and dads will say we're worried about this for our kids. Chris, should we have football in 50 yours? I don't think it should be for kids. The doctor said she thinks there will be a trickle-down effect that will help the kids. There's only so much we can do to help kids. In football. No, concussions not the issue. It's hundreds of hits to the kids is terrible for any developing brain. Thanks very much to the both
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