Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy (CTE) in football has become one of the biggest issues they face after finishing their careers. However, a recent study from JAMA Neurology suggests that former high school football players do not face an enhanced risk.
The findings from the study (which took on 3,904 men with an average age of 64.4 years) read as such:
Collins was a first-team All-Pro during the 2016 season and is feeling as good about the Giants’ chances as Pierre-Paul is.
The 1972 Miami Dolphins and 2007 New England Patriots are the only two teams that have ever finished the NFL regular season unbeaten. The Dolphins went on to win Super Bowl VII and end the year 17-0, but the Patriots lost Super Bowl XLII to the Giants and finished 18-1.
During the 2016 season, the Giants allowed the second-fewest points in the NFL, but were near the bottom of the league in points scored. The team addressed its offensive struggles in the offseason by signing wide receiver Brandon Marshall and offensive lineman D.J. Fluker in free agency, and drafting tight end Evan Engram in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
I think the key is we added a lot of guys and people are like Wow, this year has to be a team that goes to a Super Bowl this year,’ Pierre-Paul said. But it’s all about the hard work.
Another double-digit win season would likely be enough to get the Giants in the postseason again, but apparently the team is thinking much bigger than that.
In this cohort study using data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study among men graduating high school in Wisconsin in 1957, there was no statistically or clinically significant harmful association between playing football in high school and increased cognitive impairment or depression later in life, on average.