Goodell announces the concussion study, which will premier after Tuesday’s episode of A Football Life.
In response to public outcry over the danger of concussions in football, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL Player’s Association announced that 350 active football players will be removed from their teams’ practice squads to undergo intensive concussion research.
Goodell was reportedly excited to publicize the NFL’s progressive initiative, in which participating players will compete in various “skills challenges” that involve head-to-head collisions in order to study the short- and long-term effects of head trauma.
“Concussions are hurting this game and, quite frankly, this country. It is for that reason that I am overjoyed to announce that the NFL will be pledging 350 men, nearly one fifth active players, to concussion research,” said Goodell.
“The NFL has a long history of serving its players both on and off the field, and it is eager to continue that tradition with extensive laboratory testing of its own players,” said Todd Leiweke, the NFL’s chief operating officer. “The way things are, an NFL player’s career may only last for 10, 12 years if they’re lucky. We’re looking to give our assets a life after football.”
These select players will be exposed to intensive testing of new helmets, pads, and tackling techniques. One NFL representative gave a few examples of the tests, including CT scans following exercise, surveys on players’ affected memory loss, and head-on collisions with Hyundai Sonatas—the official car of the NFL.
At press time, Commissioner Goodell assured reporters and fans alike that the research would be televised exclusively on NFL Network, and is expected to net the NFL over $30 million in new ad revenue over the next year.