The NFL Concussion Crisis: Trailer for New Movie ‘Concussion’ Starring Will Smith – Written by:
As we’re already enjoying pre-season football games, Will Smith and audiences around the globe are gearing up for the release of the new movie Concussion. The trailer for the movie dropped 6 days ago and has caused a lot of controversy in the news. Brain concussions have long been one of those issues that have been swept under the table for years! How will the NFL address this movie?
Will Smith stars in the movie as Bennet Omalu, the real Pittsburgh forensic pathologist who according to Vox, was credited for discovering a neurodegenerative disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the brains of football players. CTE is the result of repeated brain trauma over time and causes depression, dementia, and other behavioral changes.
This movie is based on a true story of Bennet Omalu and a 2009 GQ article “Game Brain” by Heanne Marie Laskas which reads, ” On a foggy, steel gray Saturday in September 2002, Bennet Omalu arrived at the Allegheny County coroner’s office and got his assignment for the day: Perform an autopsy on the body of Mike Webster, a professional football player. Omalu did not, unlike most 34-year-old men living in a place like Pittsburgh, have an appreciation for American football. He was born in the jungles of Biafra during a Nigerian air raid, and certain aspects of American life puzzled him. From what he could tell, football was rather a pointless game, a lot of big fat guys bashing into each other. In fact, had he not been watching the news that morning, he may not have suspected anything unusual at all about the body on the slab. ” Read more…