After millions watched Buffalo Bills' player Damar Hamlin collapse in a nationally televised National Football League game, an awareness of the brutality of the game was unavoidable for fans. For many players, however, the brutality takes a toll without a national spotlight and are forced to leave the game with damaged bodies and mixed job prospects, and some struggle to get the help they need to survive in a post-football life. A New York Times examination of young football players who suffered devastating injuries quotes Professor Michael LeRoy on the challenges these individuals face. “People assume the players are taken care of. But the N.F.L. loves you until you’re injured and then you’re somebody else,” he said.
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