If performance-enhancing drugs were the scandal that shook baseball to its foundation over the past decade, then this surely is the NFL's most provocative moment. How exactly does the pro football community wrestle with this new, intense, up-close scrutiny on the cause and effects of its brutal, gladiator-like nature?
Football, particularly at the professional level, is an incomprehensibly violent sport. The toll that it creates on the human body physically and neurologically is unlike any other sport. And now, with a growing public awareness of the damage that playing in the NFL does -- whether the wounds you can see because of broken limbs or torn fiber, or the wounds you can't see from dementia, severe depression and other corrosive brain damage -- people in the sport are being forced to ask some very tough questions.