Throughout the National Football League there’s so many things that we could laugh and joke about, but there’s even more that we need to take seriously. One of them is the ongoing issue surrounding CTE, also known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
CTE is a progressive degenerative disease that is most commonly found in people who have had severe and or repeated blows to the head. Unsurprisingly, it’s athletes that tend be diagnosed with it more often than not, however the twist is that it can’t actually be discovered until after death.
As you may have pieced together by the title, we’re taking a look at just nine of the many, many notable incidents of CTE stemming from american football.
The 10 Most Underrated Players In The NA LCS
While a select handful of players get most of the attention, others often fall through the cracks. We highlight two players from each role that we should be talking more about...
A solid quarterback to Raiders fans, and yet Ken Stabler's legacy extends so far beyond the gridiron. After passing away due to colon cancer, Stabler insisted that his family donate his brain in order for it to be studied as he clearly wasn't all there mentally. Thank god they did so, too. Source: Vice
Possible NA's best support, Smoothie rarely receives the due attention on a Cloud9 roster loaded with stars such as Jensen and Impact. Able to excel with a variety of champions and play styles, Smoothie has developed into a consistent performer for Cloud9. Along with his duo Sneaky, Cloud9's bot lane may be NA's best.
A player who has bounced in and out of the LCS, not much was expected of Altec heading in to this split. While most of the attention is deservedly given to team leader Hai, Altec has quietly had a very strong season for FlyQuest. In the top half of all ADCs in KDA, Altec has still been able to turn in multiple strong performances during their recent slide.
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When people talk about NA's best ADCs, Stixxay needs to be included in that conversation. The MSI's most outstanding ADC, Stixxay surprised everyone when he replaced Doublelift on CLG and they appeared better off for it, capturing the NA LCS title. A team player with solid mechanics, Stixxay is the type of player that could make almost any team better.
Known for his experimental picks and off-meta strategies, Keane is an invaluable member of the Team Dignitas roster. His bilingualism will be essential as the team embed two Korean talents into the squad.
A veteran of the LCS scene, Xpecial brings a wealth of experience and leadership to a Dignitas. Though he struggled out of the gate, the emergence of Stunt seemed to give him the necessary push to bring Xpecial back to form. As playoffs approach, Xpecial and his lane partner LOD are a duo to watch.
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We aren’t here to make light of the situation and we aren’t here to provide any answers, because we don’t have them. The only thing to do is mourn the loss of every single human being that has been struck by chronic traumatic encephalopathy, as the world continues to search for answers in order to ensure a safer future for the players of today.