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Boomer Esiason: CTE in 'All Football Players Probably'

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Former professional football player Boomer Esiason believes. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 08 Aug 2017 06:14 PM

Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason said on his radio show Monday that he and all football players probably have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by head impacts over time.

Esiason was discussing the issue on “Boomer and Carton,” his New York sports-radio show, because the deadline was Monday for former NFL players to register for part of a $1 billion class-action settlement over the league’s handling of brain injuries, The Denver Post reported.

“All football players probably have it, the way I read it and the way I see it,” Esiason said, according to USA Today. Esiason made reference in his comments to a recent Boston University School of Medicine and VA Boston Healthcare System study that showed that 110 out of 111 former NFL football players who allowed their brains to be studied showed signs of the disease.

Up until now, doctors have only been able to diagnose CTE after a person’s death, but Esiason said he thought that within a few years it might be possible to diagnose living players with the disease, The Denver Post reported.

Esiason said that players of other sports could have CTE as well, including his co-host Craig Carton, who suffered multiple concussions as a soccer player, The Denver Post reported.

Terell Davis also referenced the study during remarks ahead of his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction, saying, “I can’t lie, we’re all scared. We’re concerned because we don’t know what the future holds,” The Denver Post reported.

Fans and former players analyzed his comments alike, with some taking issue with his blanket characterization.

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Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason said on his radio show Monday that he and all football players probably have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease caused by head impacts over time.
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