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Union Under Fire From Ditka

Mounting evidence of brain injuries caused by football drives debate
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Jun 28, 2007 4:38 AM CDT

(Newser) – Mike Ditka, the celebrated NFL coach who once helped subvert the 1987 players' union strike, has recently added his voice to a growing chorus of players and coaches concerned that the union is not doing enough for its retired players. The discussion is spurred by ongoing revelations of the long-term havoc a decade of football wreaks on players' brains.

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Examples include the suicide of former Eagles safety Andre Waters, whose brain at 44 resembled an 85-year-old's with mild Alzheimer's, and Hall-of-Fame center Mike Webster, who died homeless in 2002. One of his players accused Ditka of an about-face: "Mike was not one who gave a damn about the players or their injuries when he was coaching." (Read more NFL stories.)

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