The NFL's top executive for the health and safety of players, Jeff Miller, was the first league representative to admit a link between football and the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.
This week on SCHOOLED, The Professor discusses how concussions were (not) handled back in the day, walks us through modern concussion procedures, and Miller explains how biomechanical engineering is going to revolutionize the helmets of the future.
And who knew Clayton spoke German?
Kevin Mawae played for 16 years in the NFL, was a six-time Pro Bowl selection, served as President of the NFL Players Association, and will be - if The Professor has anything to do with it - a future Hall of Fame Center.
On this week's SCHOOLED, Clayton digs deep into the great example Mawae is for players. He was the whole package: talented, hard-working, and smart! As President of the Player's Association, he negotiated the most recent collective bargaining agreement against multi-billionaire owners to better ensure the safety and well-being of NFL players.
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Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Charles Haley is the only player in NFL history to win 5 Super Bowls. Yet he was traded in his prime (twice!) because he had become so difficult for players and coaches - even the media. He was, in his words, "an a--hole."
In this week's SCHOOLED, Haley talks with The Professor about confronting mental illness, overcoming his demons, and what advice he gives young players struggling with similar issues. For the whole story, read Haley's fantastic new book "Fear No Evil."
Drew Bledsoe was the 1st overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft by the then-flailing New England Patriots. With Bledsoe at QB, the Pats reached the playoffs 6 times, and made it to the Super Bowl after 8 seasons of no postseason play. But after a nearly fatal injury in 2001, he was replaced by a young upstart named Tom Brady, and, even after being medically cleared, never took the field for N.E. again.
This week, The Professor talks to Drew about being replaced (and how common that is for NFL players), why playing QB for the Cowboys is like pitching for the Yankees, and his new life as a Northwest winemaker.
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