12-26-11: The Legacy of John Mackey
This segment originally aired on July 11, 2011.
Football legend John Mackey, known for being a revolutionary tight end for the Colts of Baltimore, died in July at the age of 69. In addition to being a football great, his head injuries–which led to a decade-long battle with frontal temporal dementia–brought attention to the brutality of the sport.
Tom Hall speaks with the legacy that John Mackey has left in terms of players’ rights–and in terms of attention paid to brain injuries–with Mark Hyman, a sports journalist and the author of Until It Hurts: America’s Obsession with Youth Sports and How It Harms Our Kids. He’s currently working on a book about the business of youth sports, and his next book will be about head injuries in sports.