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Book – Goodell inherited concussion “nightmare” Dan Leberfeld

There is a new book out about the NFL and concussions by Mark Fairanu-Wada and Steve Fairanu. It’s called, “League of Denial.”

“ESPN Magazine” ran an excerpt in it’s latest issue.

The authors feel Roger Goodell inherited a difficult situation when he became commissioner.

“When Roger Goodell took over as commissioner in September 2006, it was hard to ignore how his predecessor, Paul Tagliabue, had dumped a mushrooming health crisis in his lap,” the authors wrote. “In 1994, Tagliabue had created the NFL’s Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee, a research body that insisted repeatedly – in scientific papers and public statements – that NFL players were impervious to brain damage.”

Bob Stern, a Boston University neuropsychologist, told the authors, “Commissioner Goodell inherited a nightmare, truly inherited a nightmare.”