The NFL and Player Concussion

Friday, November 29, 2013


Currently, a class-action suit by more than 4,000 former NFL players against the NFL is in the process of being settled. The issue? The players claim the league covered up a link between football and brain damage. Last year, Bob spoke with Mark Waller - the NFL’s Chief Marketing Officer - about public service announcements the league was running last year about head injuries.


Mark Waller

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield

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RT from Santa Clara

In the course of Mr. Garfield's interview (some time in 2012?) Mr. Waller says

"It's a flawed comparison ... our body language is nothing like when those [tobacco] guys stood up in Congress. We've taken this issue on transparently, publicly and full-on..."

Two words: "Ira Casson".

_On the Media_ surely has access to

Hearings Before the Committee on the Judiciary
House of Representatives
One Hundred Eleventh Congress
First and Second Sessions
October 28, 2009 and January 4, 2010
Legal Issues Relating to Football Head Injuries (Part I & II)

Dec. 01 2013 05:43 PM
Coleen Sullivan from Pennsylvania

The conclusion of Bob Garfield's interview with the NFL's Mark Waller was offensive. Someone should remind Mr. Garfield that brain damage, early senility, suicide and depression are not joking matters. This interview ended like a puff piece for the NFL. It's jocular tone was completely inappropropriate.

Dec. 01 2013 03:36 PM
Alison from SE PA

Just wondering how old this interview is, as Mr. Garifield makes note of the Eagles needing to protect Michael Vic, even though Michael Vic hasn't played the past three games (that we've also won? Hmmmm). E. A. G. L. E. S. ... ya'know.

Dec. 01 2013 10:44 AM
bob minder from wbur

look, i don't want to sound unctuous when i say that bob 'missed' here, because i am not any better, watching all the time myself; but but but, when the fellow he interviewed touted the NFL's efforts by saying we're letting it all be known so that parents and children can make up their minds {whether to play or not} and you ended, as if satisfied, well... that's the place to let out a hurricane-size guffaw from the belly because look how our culture really presents this choice: want to be the idol of millions, make the achilles' choice of fame's immortality... or do you want to be the one who missed the opportunity nonpareil? come on, who isn't gonna want to be amongst those who 'give their all,' and know that comraderie that is only available on battle or football fields. no, seems to me--though i'm not sure since he literally spoke only a couple of lines at the segment's start--that bob costas was getting at the cultural consideration/analysis i wish you had undertaken. what do you think? bob minder

Dec. 01 2013 10:16 AM

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