Yesterday, The Deep Dish noted Rick Telander’s column in the Sun-Times in which Telander noted the lifetime reminders of serious injuries suffered by football players in college and NFL games.â†µ
Today, Telander writes about his friend and teammate, NBC-5 sportscaster Mike Adamle, who now suffers seizures because of football-related head injuries:â†µ
But there is the head issue. Was playing football worth it?â†µ
‘’Yes,’’ says Adamle, who began in pre-med before switching his major to broadcasting.â†µ
‘’Because we were all together,’’ he says. ‘’Because of the camaraderie. Because of the time in our lives. Because we punched holes in our tickets we could never punch again.’’â†µ
We’re finished eating, and the waiter takes the dishes away. Adamle looks down.â†µ
’’I’m scared,‘’ he says. ’’I have two girls, and I don’t want them to see me with a drool cup. I combat this by doing the Ironman, by hustling up the Hancock, having people say, ‘How did you do that?’ My mom had Alzheimer’s, and she didn’t know who I was at the end. My dad had it, too. And I said, ’That’s gonna be me.’ I’m a perfect candidate.’’â†µ
Adamle says it was worth it. But really, given all that, was it?