A recent announcement by the NFL happened to come out on my birthday this year. In the article, “NFL sees significant drop in concussions during the 2018 season” http://www.nfl.com/news/story, the league claimed a 24% decrease in reported concussions, dropping from 281 in 2017 down to 214 this past season. League officials suggested the decrease was … Continue reading Again, it’s not about concussions!
We are told there is no official diagnosis, cure or even an effective treatment for the neurodegenerative disease CTE, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Because of this bleak reality, people are turning their backs on the personal stories chronicling the effects of this devastating condition. After all, who wants to keep hearing about athletes killing themselves, or … Continue reading This Is Not Just Another CTE Story
I recently read comments from Merril Hoge who was interviewed about his book, “Brainwashed: The Bad Science behind CTE and The Plot to Destroy Football.” As I listened to him talk, I remembered several quotes he made a while back when he commented about his son, Beau, a QB on BYU’s 2017 and 2018 team. … Continue reading Deniers of CTE bring less than nothing to the table –
In 2013, my husband Larry was diagnosed with brain damage from years of playing football. After 10 hours of testing, the psychologist explained that in comparison to the general public for his age, Larry’s scores in the neuropsychological functioning and memory tests were below 25% with some results lower than 10%. The doctor’s report concluded, … Continue reading Is it CTE – A Wife’s Perspective
In 1968, I was a barely 6 foot tall and 185 pounds. I was the starting offensive center for the Canoga Park California High School varsity football team. That team would go on to win the Los Angeles City Championship for the first and only time in its 100+ year history (before the city was … Continue reading BYU Hall Of Fame
On Thursday, July 7, 2016 a lawsuit was filed in the federal district court of Colorado on my behalf naming the NCAA, the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and Brigham Young University (BYU) as having responsibility for traumatic brain injuries I sustained while playing football. The law group filing the complaint believed a pending settlement between … Continue reading The Lawsuit
“Life must be understood backward. But … it must be lived forward.” Søren Kierkegaard
After spending years navigating the world of brain injury and disease currently surrounding and threatening the sport I love, I have found questions without answers, denials, lies and lawsuits. However, with my wife's patience and support, eventually a path emerged that brought us peace and should provide hope to all those whose lives have been … Continue reading Never stop searching!