Essay about Is Football A Sport?

1627 Words Nov 5th, 2016 7 Pages
Football is one of America’s favorite sports, with 114.4 million views for the Super Bowl alone. However, recent studies have begun to prove that the popular sport is deadly. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease which affects the brains of people who have suffered repeated concussions and traumatic brain injuries 1, and it is the reason why football needs to become a sport of the past.
The main reason that the sport of football needs to be banned is the tragedy of Chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy was first discovered in 2002, when Dr. Bennet Omalu performed the autopsy on Mike Webster 1, and since then, the knowledge that Chronic traumatic encephalopathy exists has not made enough of an impact on the existence of football. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a progressive degenerative brain disease that has been found in individuals with repeated brain injuries and/or concussions and its effects are grim. These effects seen in an individual with Chronic traumatic encephalopathy include memory loss, erratic behavior, and most noticeably, the increased rate of suicide. Famous professional football players such as Junior Seau (who shot himself in chest), Dave Duerson (who also shot himself in chest), Andre Waters, and Ray Easterling (who shot himself) have been added to the list of players that have tragically committed suicide due to their Chronic traumatic encephalopathy 4. These suicides should be a…

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