Dr. Bennet Omalu, who cuts open dead people for a living, has distinguished himself in the medical arts through his detailed examination of brains. It was in this practice that his life intersected with the death of Pro Football Hall of Fame center Mike Webster of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The result was Omalu’s discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in professional football players. The impact is that America’s biggest-money game has forever been changed.You no longer can belt some defenseless player’s head into the next millennium, thanks largely to Omalu’s work. Lots of people say such a reform takes some thrill out of football, and there is truth to that, just as there is that a third of the men who play the pro game wind up with damaged brains and shortened lives of suffering.