Delay, Deny, and Hope They Die

Ex-professional football players expect to live with pain, the byproduct of a job well done, says Paul Solotaroff. What they don't expect is the shabby treatment afforded them by the game for which they squandered their good health. And with union representation like Gene Upshaw, who needs hostile team owners to do 'em dirty?

"'Every reputable expert says that blows to the head'll cause damage if they happen enough,' [Brent] Boyd says. 'But the NFL happens to have the only neurologists who say that the jury's still out.'"

Read it and weep.