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 Posted: Sat May 13th, 2017 10:49 pm
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Maybe the most damaging remarks from ex-NFL player with symptoms of CTE yet.  Nick Buoniconti, HOFer and middle linebacker on 2 Super Bowl winners including the 1972 Dolphins' undefeated season, is making a lot of waves with his recent health decline and comments. 

Buoniconti was one of the NFL's fiercest defenders to the point that when his son was paralyzed for life in a college game in 1985, he still insisted that football was safe and that he had no regrets allowing his children to play the game. 

Buoniconti thought he escaped unharmed and was not only highly-functioning deep into his life, but a lot more successful outside of the game.  He earned his law degree while playing football and became an agent, once called by George Steinbrenner the toughest negotiator he ever dealt while representing Bucky Dent shortly after the famous Fenway home run.  Buoniconti also became an executive (and famous cancer denier) for U.S. Tobacco.  He also co-hosted HBO's "Inside the NFL" for 23 years.  He made millions for himself and millions more for his charity, the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, becoming a household name in Florida for his civic work and generating deep business and political contacts throughout the country. 

Buoniconti is now using his platform and those millions to speak out against the NFL after he began experiencing noticeable mental decline 2 years ago.  Buoniconti was 74 at the time and looking for help, but the NFL tried to write it off as normal cognitive decline due to age. Buoniconti can no longer go to the bathroom by himself or figure out how to tie his shoelaces or use a cell phone.  He was falling down an average of once a month and several of those times needed to be rushed to the ER for stitches.  Although CTE can't be officially diagnosed until after death, his doctors disagree with the NFL and believe his impairment is a direct result of playing football.  He's been told he has less than 6 years to live as an absolute best case scenario, at which point he'll donate his brain and be officially diagnosed.  Buoniconti is speaking out about the level of care he was able to get for himself as a millionaire as opposed to the care the NFL supposedly "reimburses" other ex-players his age for, most of them penniless now and unable to get much in the way of medical treatment at all.  He is now trying to prove that the funds from the $1 billion concussion lawsuit is not being distributed fairly by the NFL and is in most cases useless.  Buoniconti was good friends with Jim Kiick, who was almost homeless before being institutionalized last year with dementia at the age of 70, one of the more recent embarrassments to the NFL, and he is using him as an example.

Strange but possibly important side note:  One of the many important and powerful executives who Buoniconti befriended is none other than Donald Trump.  Buoniconti turned on the Democrats he supported most of his life and campaigned for Trump for President, who he's known for 30 years.  He is now is trying to get a meeting with him about the NFL, and some within the NFL are terrified that he'll do just that because they have no idea how Trump might react.

A movie of Buoniconti's life is being talked about that is hoped to be more effective than the "Concussion" film.  With his permission it is supposedly going to cover all aspects of his life, including the really bad parts when he was about as evil as evil can be while defending Big Tobacco even as his own brother was dying of lung cancer.  The third act will be his redemption and quest to take down the NFL.  

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 Posted: Sun May 14th, 2017 11:44 am
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I don't know.

74 years old is a ripe for the gross manifestation of cognitive disabilities.

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Yeah fuck this guy. He's 74 and only has six years left? Cut down in the prime of life at 80. No Thoughts No Prayers. It seems that the guys who really had a problem from the concussions started manifesting serious symptoms in their 40's and early 50's. What exactly is he looking to get out of all this? Turning the NFL into flag football or one last huge payday.



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 Posted: Sun May 14th, 2017 08:14 pm
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Just another reason to hate the undefeated Dolphins team.

In all seriousness though anyone who watches football for more than a few minutes can tell it is a dangerous game that is played by people who are willing to play it. Nobody is forced into a NFL career (I'm sure the mob forced someone at some time to do something but you know what I mean) they grow up playing football hoping to make it.

It's not the NFL's fault that someone chooses to play, it's also not the NFL's fault that some players don't finish college and prepare for life after football.

You have college kids now that can't wait to get to the NFL half assing college. Then you have the older broken down guys saying "it's dangerous give us money take care of those who didn't take care of themselves". Change the rules and make it so you have to get a masters degree before you are draft eligible including mandatory classes that deal with handling finances, concussions and CTE so these guys have no excuses to not be hireable post NFL or to say they didn't understand the risks.

Would Nick's post NFL business career have even existed if he didn't have his NFL exposure? Maybe but it would have been a lot harder without NFL on his resume.

Should big business do more to help those that helped them? Sure but at the same time they can't help everyone and help those that hurt themselves Time and Time again along the way



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This should be Konstantine Kyros' next racket. Find NFL players pushing 75-80 who just started having cognitive decline in old age.

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 Posted: Mon May 15th, 2017 11:41 am
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Papa Voo wrote: I don't know.

74 years old is a ripe for the gross manifestation of cognitive disabilities.

He's actually 76 going on 77....fuck this guy..



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Avereage American Male life expectancy is 78 to 79. So if he makes it 6 more years he's done better than expected for the general population.

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