|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.
Last edited on Sun May 14th, 2017 03:00 am by srossi
This thread was great before AA ruined it.