Today the trailer for the new Will Smith movie was released. He’s not fighting robots in 2035, nor is he fighting aliens on the 4th of July, but the fight depicted in Concussion is one that continues today.
Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known more commonly as CTE. CTE is the disease that is caused due to repeated blows to the head. Once only visible during autopsies, the disease has been discovered in many former NFL players, including Heisman Trophy winning Dallas Cowboy legend, Tony Dorsett, and recent Hall of Fame inductee, linebacker Junior Seau. CTE can be attributed with causing Seau’s suicide.
Concussions are the greatest threat to football as we know it. Most football players have received a concussion at some point, including myself, and the NFL’s fight to hide the worst of the worst is well documented, but this will be the most graphic and dangerous depiction the world has seen.
The movie is based on a GQ article, Brain Game, and could do to the NFL what The Insider did to the tobacco industry.
If that doesn’t send chills up your spine, this Frontline interview with Dr. Omalu tells his story.