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The Coach Says He’s ‘Built for Football.’ His Parents Worry About C.T.E.

The Coach Says He’s ‘Built for Football.’ His Parents Worry About C.T.E.

David Gavigan, 15, just after suffering a concussion on the football field.
A Football Player’s Descent Into Pain and Paranoia

A Football Player’s Descent Into Pain and Paranoia

Daniel Te’o-Nesheim played parts of three seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He died at the age of 30.
Sporting: I Miss Northwestern Football’s Losing Tradition

Sporting: I Miss Northwestern Football’s Losing Tradition

The Northwestern Wildcats heading to the locker room before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in October.
Sporting: I Miss Northwestern Football’s Losing Tradition

Sporting: I Miss Northwestern Football’s Losing Tradition

The Northwestern Wildcats heading to the locker room before a game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in October.
On Pro Hockey: In N.H.L. Concussion Settlement, Owners Win the Fight

On Pro Hockey: In N.H.L. Concussion Settlement, Owners Win the Fight

The Capitals’ Devante Smith-Pelly (25) after being hit in the head with a puck during the playoffs in May. The N.H.L. and hundreds of retired players reached a concussion settlement on Monday.
On Pro Hockey: In N.H.L. Concussion Settlement, Owners Win the Fight

On Pro Hockey: In N.H.L. Concussion Settlement, Owners Win the Fight

The Capitals’ Devante Smith-Pelly (25) after being hit in the head with a puck during the playoffs in May. The N.H.L. and hundreds of retired players reached a concussion settlement on Monday.
For Daniel Carcillo, the Fight Against the N.H.L. Goes On

For Daniel Carcillo, the Fight Against the N.H.L. Goes On

Daniel Carcillo said he would not accept the deal between the N.H.L. and several hundred retired hockey players who accused the league of hiding the dangers of repeated hits to the head. “It’s not
The Future of Football Has Flags

The Future of Football Has Flags

Saints quarterback Drew Brees coaches all three of his sons' flag football teams.
The Future of Football Has Flags

The Future of Football Has Flags

Saints quarterback Drew Brees coaches all three of his sons' flag football teams.
Suicide, Quarterbacks and the Hilinski Family

Suicide, Quarterbacks and the Hilinski Family

Ryan Hilinski, a heavily recruited quarterback at Orange Lutheran High School in California, before a game in October. He sobbed after throwing his first touchdown pass this season, months after his
Suicide, Quarterbacks and the Hilinski Family

Suicide, Quarterbacks and the Hilinski Family

Ryan Hilinski, a heavily recruited quarterback at Orange Lutheran High School in California, before a game in October. He sobbed after throwing his first touchdown pass this season, months after his

The Ethicist: I Quit Watching Football Because It Harms Players. Can I Still Keep Up With My Team?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on balancing the negative effects of football against support for your team, and IVF against adoption.
After calling NFL safety rules “soft,” Trump says his son best avoid the “dangerous sport”

After calling NFL safety rules “soft,” Trump says his son best avoid the “dangerous sport”

While on the campaign trail in October 2016, Donald Trump mocked the National Football League for becoming “soft” by taking measures to prevent player concussions,…

Tip: How to Tackle Someone

Leave your head out of it. Lead with a shoulder and aim low.
Massachusetts Bill Would Ban Tackle Football Until After Seventh Grade

Massachusetts Bill Would Ban Tackle Football Until After Seventh Grade

Chris Borland, a former N.F.L. linebacker, testified last year in Illinois in support of a bill that would have banned tackle football for children under 12. The bill did not make it past the State