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The Movie That Could Change Football Forever

Dr. Bennet Omalu, the real-life protagonist of Concussion. (ESPN)

Dr. Bennet Omalu, the real-life protagonist of Concussion. (ESPN)

Dr. Bennet Omalu, the real-life protagonist in Concussion. (ESPN)

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.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for The Movie That Could Change Football Forever

  1. lonnieb
    9:08 pm August 31, 2015 Permalink

    I’m so tired of hearing about this. The players choose to make MILLIONS of dollars playing football. They know the risk.

    This would he Like someone who works at toyota factory and does over head work and eventually has tears in rotator cuff then sues Toyota.
    That would never fly. You cannot sue someone that pays that much money to a player to play a game that there are known risks.

    Can Ali sue boxing association for how he is now.

    Plus they have put in so many safety rules they should just play flag football and start at the 20. There is no reason for kickoff anymore. It’s so far forward 9/10 end up out of the end zone

    • Wow... Just wow
      7:27 am September 1, 2015 Permalink

      Let me break down your argument: Stawman, incorrect fact, bad analogy, false fact, nonequivalent rhetorical question, and finally the steotypical “It was better in my day” argument.

      The whole point of this movie lonnieb is that they didn’t know what CTE was. It was only discovered 10 years ago. So actually, no one knew the risk. Next time take some time to research what you’re arguing about instead of just hating people who make more money than you. You’ll be happier and being more educated can’t hurt.

    • alexi502
      8:56 am September 1, 2015 Permalink

      The players don’t know the risk. The NFL has repeatedly lied to them and spent millions over the past decade trying to cover up legitimate research. Many young football players are already choosing to quit pro football after one or two years in the league. Watch League of Denial on Netflix if you feel so inclined to have an informed opinion.

  2. Ross
    9:49 pm August 31, 2015 Permalink

    Lonnie, there are numerous activities in our country that the government restricts or even bans because of the health concerns that are related to said activity. It is said the government does have an obligation to protect its citizens from themselves. The amount of money someone makes is irrelevant to this discussion.

    • Bachelor Party in Miami
      8:47 am September 1, 2015 Permalink

      Are you coming, bro? I believe you have an obligation as well….

    • Ross
      10:33 pm September 1, 2015 Permalink


      I will be taking my talents to South Beach. Line em up! Kegs and Eggs, fellas, All day, e’ryday.

  3. lonnieb
    3:11 pm September 1, 2015 Permalink

    I’m not just hating on people. They don’t have to be rocket scientist to know repeated head trauma can ultimately cause brain damage. They may not have known the extent of the damage but that is irrelevant. 25 years ago when a player came out of a game and vomited and had headaches etc…..or even loss consciousness they had to think….hmmmmm. maybe this could cause long term problems. The money does matter because most players would not risk it now if it’s pay was 10 dollars an hour. They are choosing the risks for the money and fame. I would play if i.was good enough so I am not hating on them……just don’t bite the hand that feeds you……ALOT.

    Wow….just wow. I’m assuming you also think everyone’s health care should be equal and they should raise minimum wage as well

  4. Barstool Carl
    3:15 pm September 1, 2015 Permalink

    Moast relieved that those concussions didn’t hamper your gr8 coverage of uK football. Desales was lucky to have you in high school, and we are lucky to have you now Nicky. Love the coverage. Knowing you, you probably played through that concussion to lead the team to a big W over KCD. Proud of you NICK