A study commissioned by the National Football League reports that Alzheimer’s disease or similar memory-related diseases appear to have been diagnosed in the league’s former players vastly more often than in the national population — including a rate of 19 times the normal rate for men ages 30 through 49.
I don't know what it is now, but several years ago, while handling the divorce of an NFL player, the minimum mandatory annual salary in a contract was $760,000. Big risks for big money. And football, unlike golf, is not a sport that you can play forever . . . there's a reason there are no "seniors" games in the sport.
Anyone makes a crack about how this explains John Madden and I'll kick your arse. We love John and miss him sorely this season!