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While we’ve been obsessing over LeBron James’s decision and Brett Favre’s indecision, a real story – one of staggering importance – has pretty much been ignored. It’s a story of the NFL finally facing the truth about the frightening nature of head injuries, a story that could one faraway day lead football down the same path as boxing, one that has already persuaded me to ban my son from ever playing organized football.

There’s been precious little angst or public discussion to this point even though America’s current national pastime, professional football, is very quietly trying to figure out what to do about the biggest crisis the sport has ever faced: head injuries. The NFL, less than two weeks ago, produced a poster warning players of the dangers of concussions to the point of admitting that multiple head injuries can lead to permanent brain damage.

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