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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Former NFL players die at a faster rate than other professional athletes, study finds

A new study of more than 6,000 former professional athletes found that National Football League players died at a rate that was almost 1.3 times higher than Major League Baseball players. It’s the first to compare mortality rates between two groups of professional athletes; previous studies that compared professional athletes to the general population showed a lower risk of death for football players.

The findings, published Friday in JAMA Network Open, come amid growing concern about head trauma among current and former NFL players and their risk of developing the neurodegenerative disease CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The NFL players died of neurodegenerative diseases at a higher rate than MLB players, though both groups of athletes were more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than brain diseases.

“There is so much press and buzz around the neurocognitive stuff, and that was one of the important things to come out of this,” said Marc Weisskopf, an environmental epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a study co-author. “But for cardiovascular disease, the number was higher, and since it’s more common, let’s not lose sight of the fact that it’s a very important issue.” 

Previous studies looking at mortality rates among NFL players compared them to the general population and found that NFL players tended to fare better. One study from 2012 found that NFL players had overall decreased mortality as well as lower cardiovascular mortality than the general population. Another paper that year also found that overall mortality in NFL players was reduced, but did find that they had rates of neurodegenerative mortality that were three times higher than the general population.

I’d like to think that this sort of thing would help in attracting top talent- then I look at how much money the television networks would lose if football declined in popularity…..

QLE Posted: May 25, 2019 at 06:04 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: football, mortality, players

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Diamondbacks prospect uses anger over Giants’ Daniel Jones pick to smash three home runs

Since picking Duke quarterback Daniel Jones sixth overall in the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday, general manager Dave Gettleman has been an immediate and frequent target of criticism for New York Giants fans.

To fans of the Reno Aces, however, he’s probably garnered nothing but thanks.

The same night Gettleman declared Jones as the heir apparent to Eli Manning, the Aces stomped all over the Fresno Grizzlies in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, and one of their hottest players—Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Tim Locastro—apparently drew inspiration for a career-best three-home-run night from anger over the Daniel Jones selection.

On the one hand, the energy is a positive- on the other hand, ideally the average baseball player will know as much about football as they do about polo…..

QLE Posted: April 27, 2019 at 09:31 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: football, home runs, tim locastro

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A’s Rickey Henderson, ‘gung ho’ for Kyler Murray, once had shot with Raiders

MESA, Ariz. — Rickey Henderson heard all the Kyler Murray comparisons. He knew the A’s top draft pick last year was a 5-foot-10 outfielder with speed and power, and that scouts were dropping Henderson’s name when describing Murray.

“We were all gung ho to see him here — especially me,” Henderson told The Chronicle. “You know me — I was like, ‘Who’s like me? Let me see him!’”

Henderson, the greatest player in franchise history, is in Oakland’s camp as a visiting instructor, and he had looked forward to working with Murray this spring. After winning the Heisman Trophy, however, Murray declared for the NFL draft and last Monday, he announced he is going to pursue football full-time.

Given how loopy Rickey! normally is, I’d rather not imagine what playing football would have done to him….

QLE Posted: February 19, 2019 at 04:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: football, rickey henderson, two-sport athletes

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

How Cubs manager Joe Maddon helped recruit Bruce Arians to the Bucs

Bruce Arians needed some convincing.

At 66, the retired former Cardinals head coach was interested in interviewing for the Bucs job, but it also became a recruiting trip of sorts when he arrived in Tampa Friday night.

That’s when the Bucs got an assist from Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

Because, when I want advice concerning taking a job in football, I always ask a baseball manager….

 

QLE Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: advice, football, joe maddon, tampa bay

 

 

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