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Do Owners Have Greater Risks Than Players?

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Yes, it's a scandalous title, but I wanted people to consider this when they think the players are just being prima donnas (most aren't) making millions (most don't) that just want a bigger slice of the pie (they don't) and aren't thinking about past and future players, just their own bank account and who should just be happy they get to play the game of football. Oddly, no one says the owners should just be happy they get to be part of the exclusive 32 member club that rakes in billions from the efforts of 1500 players and thousands of staff and stadium employees. In any case, consider the following next time you think all football players are already lucky to be playing a game for more money than most Americans make, because most of us - including the owners making more than everyone - don't face the same risks the players do. As per the article: The brains of 49ers Hall of Fame running backs Joe "The Jet" Perry and John Henry Johnson will be examined at Boston University for evidence of a dementia-like disease brought on by repeated trauma to the head... Perry's spouse, Donna, said she suspected Perry was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The condition previously had been associated with boxers but has recently been found in a number of ex-NFL players. It affects neural activity and is linked to memory loss, depression and dementia. The condition can be studied only after death with a brain autopsy. Donna Perry said her husband's memory began to fade in recent years to the point where routine trips left him disoriented. "He was aware of (the study). He wanted to do it," said Perry, who donated her husband's brain last month. Johnson's daughter, Kathy Moppin, said she is filling out the paperwork to have her father's brain examined. Moppin took care of her father, known as a punishing blocker, for the past nine years. She said his condition affected everything about him, from his memory to his ability to speak and walk... Chronic traumatic encephalopathy has been detected in more than 20 deceased players, including former Chicago defensive back Dave Duerson, 50, who committed suicide in February. Last month, the Boston University group said Duerson's brain tissue showed a "moderately advanced" case of the condition. The NFL is not part of the Boston University study, but the league donated $1 million last year and has encouraged active and retired players to donate their brains to the study.

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