NFL Gives $30M to Brain Research

    WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 20:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell participates in a news briefing after his meeting with U.S. Senate Majority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) June 20, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Goodell was on the Hill to discuss bounties in professional sports.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Alex Wong

    The National Football League is making its largest donation ever—$30 million—to the National Institutes of Health to back brain-injury research, league officials said. Professional football has come under fire in recent years as head injuries sustained by players have been linked to long-term health effects. “Our commitment here is to hopefully help set the standard and lead the way in research about head injuries, and we’re doing it with the leading scientists,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The NIH already spends about $81 million a year researching head injuries, which are a frequent plague of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan as well as in the sports arena.

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