Target: Jeff Miller
Goal: Applaud Jeff Miller for admitting link between brain disease and football.
NFL Senior Vice President for Health and Safety Jeff Miller has acknowledged that there is a link between football-related injuries and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This is the first time that an official from the NFL has admitted a link between the sport and the brain disease which is linked to memory loss, attention deficit, depression and progressive dementia.
Despite several studies linking football with the disease, the NFL has never officially linked the disease to injuries sustained by football players. In a sport where there were 14 concussions after just a few weeks of the season, the lack of honesty about the link between the disease and injuries contributed to a dangerous environment for football players. The sporting body has been criticized by players for employing doctors who deny the link between the sport and CTE. Studies linking CTE to football found an increased risk of the disease even for people who played football in high school. This admission comes almost a year after the NFL paid out a one billion dollar settlement to over 5000 retired players who were suing the NFL for allegedly concealing the risks of concussion.
Whether you enjoy football or not, it is important for sports to be as safe for athletes as possible. Professional sports are often a means for people to escape poverty. Athletic careers are short but the consequences of injuries can last lifetimes, requiring athletes’ families to take on the burden of care. The admission of a link between CTE and football related injuries is an important step toward making the sport safer for the players. Sign our petition to applaud NFL Senior Vice President Jeff Miller’s statement that football injuries can lead to CTE.
Dear Mr. Jeff Miller,
As NFL Senior Vice President of Health and Safety it is your job to ensure that football is as safe as possible. While it is troubling that your office was this slow to make a statement admitting the link between football injuries and CTE, your admission that there is a link will allow the industry to move toward making the game safer for players. For that we would like to applaud you.
This is, however, not the only action that needs to be taken in order to ensure the safety of the players that make your organization possible. We hope that this congratulations will help bring about deeper changes in the sport so that players might enjoy their careers and also be able to enjoy the rest of their lives without fear of mental decline.
[Your Name Here]
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