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BLOG: Time to give up pro football?

Tom Jackson • Jun 5, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Remember Jamal Lewis, the former star running back for the Cleveland Browns who tried to buy Maui Sands last year? The deal fell through when Lewis went broke instead.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer ran an interesting article by the PD's excellent science reporter, John Mangels, about the "alarming holes" in Lewis' memory, apparently produced by brain damage from too many tough hits in the NFL.

For a longer Mangels story on pro football brain damage, go here. Here's a piece by two economists speculating that football may be headed for a decline. (This sentence on pro football fans seems a little snide: "To the extent that fans replace football with another sport (instead of meth or oxy), high-octane basketball is the natural substitute.")

The recent spate of pieces on the damage that NFL players suffer in their careers raises tough questions for sports fans. Now that it's become clear what pro football does to the people who play it, do we still want to support it?

I've made my choice.

I'm still an Indians fan and I'm still a Cavaliers fan. But I won't go to Browns games, I will avoid reading stories about them and I won't write about them here.

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