Harvard announces major NFL study

Jan 29, 2013

Photo by Ed Yourdin

Harvard University is partnering with the National Football League on a $100 million research project looking into serious health problems among NFL players. The initiative announced in today's Boston Globe will focus on 1,000 retired NFL players to better understand and potentially treat a wide range of physical ailments.

Much attention has focused recently on the repercussions of repetitive brain trauma for football players, especially after the high profile suicide of Patriots' former linebacker Junior Seau. The study will look at that issue along with reduced life expectancy, arthritis and prescription pain killer abuse and other concerns.