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Larry Fedora, Head Coach at the University of North Carolina, recently made a series of statements to a CNN affiliate questioning studies that link football and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain disease.
CTE is currently undetectable until after death, and very little is known about the disease. Many remember the heartbreaking loss of former NFL player Junior Seau, who was diagnosed with CTE only after he died in his sleep in 2012.
According to CNN’s affiliate, Fedora said “I fear the game will be pushed so far to one extreme that you won’t recognize the game 10 years from now. And I do believe that if it gets to that point, that our country goes down, too.”
This is a highly emotional topic and Fedora’s comments have many understandably upset.
Nick Lowery, a Harvard graduate who played for the NFL for over 18 years, is a spokesperson for KannaLife Sciences and has dedicated his post-NFL career to raising awareness for CTE.