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From the CLF:
The Concussion Legacy Foundation was profoundly saddened to learn of the loss of former NFL cornerback and broadcasting legend Irv Cross at the age of 81. Our thoughts are with Irv’s wife Liz, his four children, and the entire Cross family.
Cross was a two-time Pro Bowl selection with the Philadelphia Eagles and one of the best defensive backs in the 1960s. After his playing career, he became a broadcasting pioneer as the first Black sportscaster on national television for CBS’ NFL Today and was a staple of NFL broadcasts for 23 seasons. In his 70s, Cross received a diagnosis of mild cognitive dementia. He bravely went public with his diagnosis and symptoms to help others, and he pledged to donate his brain to the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank to advance research. Irv’s brain has since been donated to the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank for research on CTE.
Always a trailblazer, Cross advocated for the first ever Pop Warner flag football league when he was chairman of the Pop Warner 50th Anniversary Celebration in 1979. Members of the CLF staff had the unique honor of visiting Cross in late 2018 to interview him on his endorsement of Flag Football Under 14, our campaign to educate parents on the risks of youth tackle football. We were inspired by Irv’s courage to publicly pledge his brain for research and speak out against youth tackle football, all in the name of making the game he loved safer.
In lieu of flowers, the Cross family has asked for donations to be sent to the Concussion Legacy Foundation or to the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation. Those interested in donating to CLF in Cross’ memory can do so at give.classy.org/ConcussionFoundation
CLF co-founders react to concerning new study data: “Who will protect the brains of college football players?”
CLF’s co-founders Christopher Nowinski, Ph.D. and Robert Cantu, M.D. have advocated for more than a decade that the best way to reduce the negative outcomes of brain trauma in football is to reduce hitting in practice.
A new study published this week in JAMA Neurology found that 72% of concussions in college football over 5 seasons happened in practice, not games. What’s more, the two men note, while preseason training accounted for only around one-fifth of the time researchers studied, nearly half of concussions occurred during this period.
Nowinski and Cantu wrote an accompanying editorial, also published in JAMA Neurology, reacting to the findings.
They wrote: “Ultimately, whether college football players experience preventable concussions in practice or preventable degenerative brain diseases is in the hands of football coaches, football conferences, schools, and the NCAA, none of whom have done enough to reform college football practice, which leads us to ask: who will protect the brains of college football players?”
November 2020, Vol. 9, No. 5
Timely reporting on developments and legal strategies at the intersection of sports and concussions—articles that benefit practicing attorneys who may be pursuing a claim or defending a client.
- Concussion Litigation Roundup – the Year in Review
- How Assisting a Concussed Student Athlete Led to the Dismissal of a Tenured Faculty Member
- Equestrian International Governing Body Fédération Équestre Internationale Mandates Protective Headgear
- Moore v. Katin-Borland: Venue Transferred in Legal Malpractice Case involving Concussion
- FIFA’s Concussion Expert Group Recommends Experimenting with Changes to Substitution Policy
- NAU Researchers Publish New Report, Recommendations to Increase Concussion Disclosure in Athletics
- NCAA Publishes Frequently Asked Questions About 2020-21 Concussion Management Updates
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