Why NFL Concussion Outrage Dwarfs Public Concern For NASCAR Crashes, NHL Fights

March 19, 2015
International Business Times

Once a feared enforcer, former New York Rangers winger Derek Boogaard spent his final days as a shell, battling mood swings and loneliness, before his death by overdose in 2011. An autopsy revealed years of hard checks and NHL-condoned bare-knuckle brawls had left Boogaard, 28 when he died, with brown spots on his brain associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The circumstances of the hockey player’s demise were the subject of a feature story or two, and then largely faded into obscurity – a cautionary tale of how physical deterioration is part of an athlete’s job description.

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