[New York, December 18, 2015] - SNY, the official television home of the New York Mets, Jets and all things New York sports, will take the growing concussion crisis head-on in GEICO SportsNite with Head Games: The Concussion Crisis. During the week of December 21st, the five-part special will premiere a new segment nightly in GEICO SportsNite at 10:30pm. These segments will closely examine the current state of concussions in the National Football League and the potential fallout that may result as researchers continue to learn more about the life-altering effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
Over the course of the week, SNY's Jonas Schwartz will sit-down with former NFL athletes, leading doctors from NYU Langone's Concussion Center, and outspoken members of the media to present both sides of the debate. Some of the notable figures featured in Head Games: The Concussion Crisis include:
DR. WILLIAM BARR DR. DENNIS CARDONE
Clinical Neuropsychologist, NYU School of Medicine Co-Director, NYU Langone Concussion Center
HARRY CARSON ERIK COLEMAN
NFL Linebacker (1976-1988) NFL Safety (2004-2012)
RAY LUCAS DAVID MORSE
NFL Quarterback (1996-2002) Actor, "Concussion"
WILL SMITH TOM TAYLOR
Actor, "Concussion" Writer, Sports Illustrated
The following are a few of the striking quotes featured in Head Games: The Concussion Crisis, airing nightly in GEICO SportsNite Monday, December 21st through Friday, December 25th at 10:30pm:
HARRY CARSON, former New York Giants Linebacker
On what is feels like to have a concussion:
"I think what it feels like is you're dazed, not physically but mentally, you're just dazed."
On his low point:
"I remember once or twice thinking that I should drive my car off the bridge, like getting on the bridge there right outside of Tarrytown, I should accelerate and drive my car right through the guardrail."
On if he would have played football with the knowledge he has today:
"Knowing what I know now, personally from my own personal experiences, and from the experiences of so many other people, I never would have played football."
On if we would let his grandson play football:
"My grandson is six and he doesn't have a choice and I've already told my daughter he's not playing."
RAY LUCAS, former New York Jets Quarterback
On if the NFL has failed its former players:
"Failed is a big word. I would really like to know what they know… I want to know in 10 years, am I gonna be OK? Like am I gonna be able to walk down the street and not forget where I'm going…. it's pretty scary."
On his actions if faced with an ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) diagnosis linked to football injuries:
"I'd kill myself anyway right then and there just so they (family) could get the three million (dollars)….I'd roll myself right down the stairs, that would be it."
On the future of the sport:
"CTE is something that's gonna be in this business for the rest, the duration. The guys are getting bigger. Someone's gonna die."
On if he would do it all again:
"In a freaking heartbeat."
JEFF MILLER, NFL Senior Vice President of Health and Safety Policy
"The league has no higher priority than the health and safety of its players. We continue to make changes to our game and invest in independent research that will improve the health and safety of players at all levels and across all sports…. The game is changing, and improving player health and safety will continue to be a priority."
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