“I wonder in 50 years, will we have football?” USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan mused on Sunday. “We’re going to have it for the next 10, 15, 20, 30, probably. But 50 years? I don’t know,” she told ABC’s “This Week” with Martha Raddatz.
The conversation was spurred by news that the late Hall-of-Famer Frank Gifford, who played football in the 1950s and early 60s, had traumatic brain injury that was diagnosed only after his death in August.
Although he died at age 84 of natural causes — following a long and successful sportscasting career — Gifford has now become the face of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), an ailment linked to concussions.
In a statement released through NBC News last Wednesday, Gifford’s family said he had “experienced firsthand” symptoms associated with CTE, but they did not say what those symptoms were.