Concussion Will Smith

Two weeks ago, Sony released the trailer for Concussion, a new movie about Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

As I watched the trailer, my first thought was, “FINALLY! A sports movie that isn’t preaching about how amazing athletes and their coaches are.”

Okay, okay. That was my second thought. Honestly, my first thought was “YES WILL SMITH!!!”



Yes, I do enjoy many different movies that are all about awesome athletes, the power of teamwork, and inspiring pep talks by coaches
Remember the Titans, 42, A League Of Their Own, Bend It Like Beckham, and Cool Runnings are my favorites. They tend to leave me feeling teary-eyed and oddly inspired to go out and become a pro sportsball player.

But then I remember how clumsy I am, plus the fact that running is nonexistant in my repertoire of skills, and I decide to leave professional sports to the skilled, in-shape people of the world.

There is nothing wrong with sports, and inspiring movies about them… but in real life, being a part of a professional sports team is often much more stressful and dangerous than movies will show. That is why Concussion is so important.

A majority of people have no idea what CTE is, or who Dr. Omalu is, because the NFL doesn’t want them to. They have worked very hard to silence his findings, even though CTE has proven fatal for at least 17 former NFL players. If CTE was more well-known and understood, then the NFL would have many more lawsuits than they already do on their hands.

The thing is, NFL players are being placed in danger every season, because league officials, owners, and investors want to keep making money. If players were made to be aware of how much worse the health risks are than what was originally known, they might not be as willing to sign a contract with the NFL – and the players are important to them continuing to earn money.

Will Smith’s role as Dr. Omalu in Concussion will be bringing important, eye-opening information into the lives of people everywhere, and that could mean some big changes are coming for the NFL, and organized sports in general.

Watch the trailer, and get ready to experience what promises to be an epic sports drama on December 25, 2015.

This Media Monday post is the beginning of my second Alliteration Agenda week.
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