When An NFL Player Died, His Body Left Warnings For Everyone


When Mike Webster retired from the NFL, the former Steeler left behind a legacy of toughness, drive and a will to succeed. But it seems like his biggest battle really began once he stepped off the field.

After Webster tragically died at 50, the Hall Of Famer was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease associated with repetitive brain trauma. Now, years later, he's the center of a "Frontline" investigation into the repercussions of playing professional football.

Dr. Bennet Omalu, a neuropathologist without any ties to the NFL, examined Webster's body in the autopsy room after his death. What he found was a worn out man, one with feet and ankles that were destroyed. The state of his brain clued in doctors everywhere to the damage of a career in football.

In the video above, Webster's story raises questions about what can be done to help ensure football players are able to maintain a healthy lifestyle after they are done playing the sport they love.

While the NFL has since taken steps to make the game less dangerous, this is an important look into the future that may lie ahead for many of our favorite athletes. 

Would you let your kids play football? Let us know in the comments. 

(H/T: Upworthy)

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