Liguori: Harry Carson On Concussions And Suicide

Harry Carson: Watch my NFL expose before your kid plays football

They are recognizing that their husbands are having neurological problems, some who now suffer dementia, depression, have problems focusing, long after theyve left the game Troy Aikman recently said on television that with all the information now out about concussions, he doesnt know if he wants his 10-year-old to play football. It was on my Sports Innerview radio program last year, when Carson admitted that had he known that he would suffer long term effects from all the concussions he had throughout his football career, he would never have played football. Playing football was not my first goal. I studied to be an educator, Carson said at Thursdays Head Injury Association program. Liz Giordano, CEO of the Head Injury Association says, Once the diagnosis is post concussion syndrome, there is no treatment for it. There is not much you can do except learn to manage your life differently. You avoid the triggers. For example, you avoid flashing lights. You avoid being around loud noises which are known to bring on headaches. Those who suffer with depression take anti-depression medication. Perhaps Carson summed it up best when he said, I saw this 15-20 years ago.

Harry Carson doing all he can for concussion awareness

Former New York Giant lineback Harry Carson will

Before his 13-year career with the New York Giants, he only thought he understood the dangers of entering into a sport which, by sheer virtue of its rules, encourages head-on collisions. When I played, nobody really knew the residual effects of concussions and what it could lead to dementia, Alzheimers and ALS so we were, in my era, in my generation, basically flying in the dark, Carson said. HEAR MORE: Carson Tells CBSNewYork He Never Wouldve Played Football Had he foreseen the tragic effects of the game on the human brain and the subsequent suicides of players like Ray Easterling, Dave Duerson and Junior Seau the football star said he never wouldve played. In this undated photo, Carson takes a breather as he reclines on the field prior to a game circa 1980s. Carson played for the Giants from 1976-88. (Photo by T.G. Higgins/Getty Images Sport) From a physical risk standpoint, I knew that you could get hurt physically and I assumed that risk, the Super Bowl champion said. But from a neurological risk standpoint, I didnt know. So knowing what I know now, I would never have played football. Carson is joined by fellow NFL legends like Terry Bradshaw and Joe DeLamielleure in saying he would warn others, including his own grandson, not to play football.

NFL Hall Of Famer Harry Carson Says He Never Would’ve Played Football Had He Known Effects Of Concussions

NFL Hall of Famer Harry Carson (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Out of the game for 25 years, Carson says he was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome that he says resulted from the hard hits he took repeatedly during his playing years. Many retired players have sued the league, claiming that years of injuries led to neurological damage, dementia and other illnesses. And it’s not just about pro football; Carson says injuries start accumulating negative effects when players are young. “Parents need to know what they’re signing up for,” Carson, 59, told reporters Tuesday at the TV press tour in Beverly Hills. Carson has already decided what the answer will be for his 3-year-old grandson. “Knowing what I know now, I do not want him to play,” he said. “I’ve told his mom, my daughter, that he’s not gonna play football.” Not surprisingly, producers said the NFL refused to cooperate with “League of Denial.” But Carson says the public was shaken by the suicide last year of Junior Seau, a former Pro Bowl linebacker.

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You have thoughts like you’re going crazy.” Duerson, who committed suicide in February 2011, had evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Former safety Ray Easterling, who killed himself last February, had severe CTE. An autopsy on Seau, who committed suicide in May, was inconclusive regarding CTE. Former linebacker Jovan Belcher , who grew up in West Babylon , committed suicide Dec. 1 after murdering his girlfriend. It is uncertain whether evidence of brain injury can be found, given that he shot himself in the head. A study of 85 brains donated by the families of deceased veterans and athletes with history of brain trauma, — released this month by researchers at Boston University ‘s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy — found that 34 of 35 former pro football players’ brains showed evidence of the disease. Carson believes he could have convinced Duerson and Seau, and perhaps Belcher, not to take their own lives. It haunts him that he couldn’t have done more.


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