The following appeared shortly after the Super Bowl inThe New York Review of Books: 


"Every current NFL player can expect to suffer from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative disease that leads to memory loss, impaired judgment, depression, and dementia.

Football players are also four times more likely both to die from ALS and to develop Alzheimer's disease.

An NFL player can expect to live twenty years less that the average American male. By that measure, each season costs an NFL player about six years of his life. Football fans, in other words, must ignore the fact that we are watching men kill themselves."


Rutgers 1000 wishes to ask Robert L. Barchi, politely and with all due respect, a question that, as a physician and neuroscientist,* he seems to us more qualified to answer than anyone else currently serving as president of an NCAA Div IA university, namely:

Do or do not the same consequences hold proportionately for those playing football for Div IA college franchises?

We will publish Dr. Barchi's answer, when his office issues a public statement on this matter, in this space.

In the meantime, those interested in the way college and NFL athletes are used by a rapacious system of commercial and marketing forces might be interested in this related item:

The Lonesome Saga of Tony Dorsett


* According to the Rutgers public relations office, Robert L. Barchi, M.D. is a fellow of the American Neurological Association and the American Academy of Neurology and once did research supported by the National Institutes of Health.