On Christmas Day, Will Smith’s new film, Concussion, premiers in theaters. Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a pathologist whose discoveries of brain damage in retired football players has become the forefront of the concussion controversy.
KDL carries many resources on this topic including the newly released companion book to the film written by Jeanne Marie Laskas.
Omalu’s story was also told in Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru’s League of Denial. The reporters examine recent discoveries concerning head trauma and the reaction of the NFL. The book also became a PBS Frontline special, League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis.
Earlier this year, two writers penned books on both sides of the debate. Mark Edmundson’s Why Football Matters details his positive experiences with football. Edmundson believes that the sport taught him self-discipline and teamwork and was a necessary part of his growth as a young man. The counterpoint is Steve Almond’s Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto. Almond writes from a fan’s perspective and how he became troubled following a sport that arguably advocates for violence and greed.
A lighter, but no less entertaining perspective of football is covered in The Last Season: A Father, a Son, and a Lifetime of College Football. Stuart Stevens writes about his relationship with football and his 95-year old father as they attend a full season of Ole Miss football games together.
Posted by: Kip