Giants and Jets DE Leonard Marshall diagnosed with signs of CTE
Leonard Marshall is best known to Giants fans for winning two rings and piling up 79.5 sacks in his 10 years playing on a punishing Big Blue defense under Bill Parcells. He played the 1993 Women's Marc Savard Jersey season with the Jets.
His name came up in the news this week when ESPN's William Weinbaum and Steve Delsohn reported the former defensive lineman was among a group of ex players, including Tony Dorsett and Joe DeLamielleure, who were diagnosed with signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in their brains. "I didn't want to bring attention to it (and) draw attention to myself unless I was prepared to deal with what I'm dealing with now, which is to explain the process and explain this to my family and to my child and hope for the best and that the people around me can trust this job related injury will be taken care of by the NFL."
Marshall elaborated only slightly on http://www.bruinsofficialprostore.com/Authentic-David-Krejci-Jersey the tests he underwent at UCLA he explained the research and development isn't ready for commercial use yet to find CTE in players who are still alive. It included a battery of scans, neurological exams and evaluations to figure out how the subjects retain (or don't retain) information and process it.
"I think that's some cutting edge technology," he said. "That technology is www.bruinsofficialprostore.com/Authentic-David-Krejci-Jersey what's going to change the game of professional football and sports at large."
He was also part of the class action Authentic Marc Savard Jersey lawsuit the NFL settled recently, but he didn't want to focus on receiving a piece of the $765 million settlement.
"The money is one piece," he said. "I think people get caught up in the money more than the moment. The moment is, I'd like the NFL to admit they were guilty in the process and admit they knew about this and knew about players having and developing CTE."
Marshall has devoted a lot of his time to looking at the treatment of former players and what they've endured after leaving the league. He wrote "When the Cheering Stops" with William Bendetson in 2010 about life after football, and worked on a documentary, "The United States of Football."
Part of the solution in the future, he explained, is "ignorance has to be overcome" kids playing the game now need to learn better tackling and blocking techniques. He doesn't fault current NFL players for struggling to adjust to new rules.
The bottom line for Marshall, it seems, is a message many of his fellow NFL alumni have been fighting for: He wants to see families and widows of players helped financially by the league.
"We probably played the most physical, toughest sport known to man at a professional level, yet we leave the game with no health insurance, we leave the game with nothing but what we came with and what we were able to take," he said. "And that's it."
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