September 20, 2009

Kyle Turley & Head Trauma

Kyle Turley, who retired from football a year and a half ago, is now facing crippling long term health effects from the head trauma he received in his years as a player. And as his grim prognosis makes itself clear, Turley is now considering a lawsuit against the NFL.

turley and his doctors believe he may have a neurological condition called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), which has proven fatal for several other NFL players. Turley believes the NFL did not keep him properly informed and treated during his career, a concern that many have when they look at how the NFL treats head injuries. See the article below for details...

Kyle Turley & Head Trauma
yahoo news

More than a year and a half removed from his playing days, Turley is now experiencing symptoms of head-related trauma.which, he and his doctors fear, could point to a chilling prognosis...Late last month Turley, with no apparent cause or warning, collapsed while listening to music at a club near his Nashville-area home and passed out for several seconds. Shortly thereafter, while battling vertigo, he began vomiting uncontrollably as Stacy rushed him to a nearby hospital...

Kyle Turley & Head Trauma

Posted at September 20, 2009 4:51 AM

It is sad that you have made the leagues so much money, but to them you are but an asset or a debit. I pray you will win your fight both for your health and lawsuit. The lawsuit may prevent this from happening to someone else. You are in my prays.

Posted by: Sad at September 20, 2009 9:02 AM

So the fact he used to head-butt everything in sight as a player has nothing to do with his self inflicted condition? I would throw this suit out of my court in a New York minute.

Posted by: Rastalo at September 20, 2009 10:44 AM

I can't believe that through all the years he played Kyle did'nt realize that football is a violent and sometimes deadly sport. While I feel very sad that he is suffering from this disorder now, common sense tells you that ramming the human head into things at high speed is going to cause trauma.

Posted by: Jerry at September 20, 2009 10:50 AM

Sueing the NFL? How lame...these pro athletes know very well what they are getting themselves into when they get paid millions to join the professional league. They willing abuse their bodies for the sake of the sport...unfortunately debilitating head trauma can be a consequence...and sueing will never change that fact

Posted by: Meredith at September 20, 2009 11:28 AM

He chose to play football, he liked the money, he should have used his brains and learned about the injuries associated with ramming into another 250 lb person at full speed before scrambling them. Now its some one else's responsibility to make him aware of the possible learn term effects? Give me a break and toss his lawsuit out.

Posted by: HUH at September 20, 2009 11:28 AM

Kyle's a great guy, I wish you well Kyle and will pray for you.

Posted by: RICK at September 20, 2009 12:15 PM

I'm sorry that this injury comes as a result of pursuing a life long dream. This injury can also affect high school and college players as well especially since this sport is revered by millions. The NFL. NCAA have a responsibilty to the players and fans to addres this burgeoning problem. Everyone makes money off these young men. To treat them like cannon foder is inexcusable.

Posted by: Anonymous at September 20, 2009 12:21 PM

I agree and disagree with Anonymous. The people do make money off the men. However, the men make money off their employer, whoever it is. Anyone with any sense would know there was a risk involved. I'm sure they all have watched many a game with injuries!! I too pray for him as I would like to have people pray for me. I have cancer. I still work, but not for those kind of $$$.

Posted by: waitin at September 20, 2009 12:33 PM

Kyle is a friend of mine and this news is saddening. I recently lost another friend, Jesse Marunde, who was a professional athlete himself. I firmly believe Kyle knew what he was getting into by playing pro football, as I firmly believe the governing organizations (NFL) have a responsibility to their pro athlete employees to ensure the safety and to reduce the longterm effects, while providing a safe and normal livelihood after the athletes retire. Kyle is one of, if not the toughest human beings I've ever met. While playing pick-up baseball as kids, I remember Kyle going after a high fly ball and crashing full force into a parked truck as he made the catch. it only seemed natural for us to be more concerned for damage to the truck, than any minor scratch Kyle might have received. Kyle knows no other way but all-out, full force, 100% all the time. People like HUH and Meredith that once cheered Kyle for his impressive and amazing NFL skills, are now condemning him for doing what he thinks is right. How lame. Give me a break. I'm willing to bet both of them would sue Ford or Chevrolet in a heartbeat if one of their vehicles caused some longterm personal and potential life threatening damage. They both know the risks of driving a car everyday. Meredith obviously is misguided in her assesment that suing the NFL will never change the sport. Perhaps not the sport, but it will hold clubs more responsible for the well-being of their players. Meredith needs to look at her son closely if she has one, and realize that its not the money. Don't be short sighted on this, Meredith. And Kyle, if you happen across this... I back you 110% and believe fully that people will disregard their own personal jealousies and discontent and see a man fighting for not only himself, but for the brethren...

Posted by: jon lane at September 20, 2009 12:33 PM

My prayers go up for Kyle, that he will win the battle against this horrible injury and regain health.

Posted by: Layla at September 20, 2009 12:42 PM

All I can say is money always seems to trump common sense.

Posted by: Anonymous at September 20, 2009 1:12 PM

Get real??? Someone should warn the Andrettis, the Michael Phelps, the Peekaboo Streets and the Michael Jordans and the Mohammed Allis, etc., that they might get hurt while they "sell" their bodies to pursue fame and fortune. I'm more than sympathetic to his loss of "quality of life" but the blame lays with the one who made the decision to enter the sport - HIMSELF! If this isn't checked, what will be next? Will the fans who buy tickets get sued for cheering and seducing the athletes into competing?

Posted by: Peter Hauser at September 20, 2009 1:20 PM

There is something called assumption of risk in which Turley certainly knew what he was getting into playing professional football. The pounding these guys take game in and game out is astounding. Watching on television does nothing to show how violent and fast this game is. I have seen the affects of what playing football does to the body and most of these guys will have health problems for as long as they live, most all of them will have knee problems and have trouble getting up and around once they reach 50.

this is why the teams should start setting aside money now for the retired players fund. If each team would begin kicking in $500,000 per season you could grow this fund in 10 years time to $250 million or so. Earl Campbell who is only 51 cannot even walk today and there are dozens of other players as bad or worse off than him. The owners should realize it is the players that made them rich old bastards and should begin giving back. $500,000 per year per team is not going to break any of these organizations.

Posted by: Phil at September 20, 2009 1:27 PM

It's unfortunate he has long term problems, but ridiculous to think he will "sue" someone for it..It would be analagous to a bull rider suing the PBR for getting hurt while rodeoing! What kind of idiot attorney would represent someone in a case like that anyway?

Posted by: mh at September 20, 2009 2:29 PM

Why should anyone tell him the risk, he was a grown man when he entered the NFL, and he knows the risk associated with sports, but it is all about making the big bucks and not using the common sense that God gave him.

Posted by: Anonymous at September 20, 2009 2:56 PM



Posted by: CYNTHIA TURLEY at September 20, 2009 4:45 PM

God Bless you Kyle as you face your health challenges...Best wishes for a complete recovery...My prayers are with you.

Posted by: Tom Schimmels at September 20, 2009 4:52 PM

What did he expect? He knew it was a violent game when he got signed his contract for all that money. This is a sad situation but he should blame himself for the choices he made.

Posted by: Michael B at September 20, 2009 5:07 PM

Lot of comments lambasting him for wanting to sue but I think most are missing the point. He isn't suing them because of his injury he is suing them because they (the teams/league) may have been negligent in either not telling him of his condition or hiding it. More recently the NFL has started a program where, at the beginning of each season each player takes a battery of neuro tests to establish a base line. If they suffer a head injury they cannot play until they come back to normal. The Dr who established this program is Joseph Maroon out of Pittsburgh

Posted by: baggadonuts at September 20, 2009 8:29 PM

This is a sad commentary on the state of the human heart. Yes, he knew what he was getting into, and yes he probably was paid very well but that does not change the fact that he is dealing with a very serious health issue. I would agree football is a very violent and dangerous sport. It can be compared to the gladiatorial,and animal
bloodletting in ancient Rome. The crowds loved it, Even though it was ugly, death dealing.
Is there any really difference in "modern day football". Death, quadriplegics,broken bodies.limbs. Millions love it. What a sad testament to our technological age, blood sports
bring so many so much exitement. No matter what the argument -here is hoping a fellow human gets

Posted by: MABROWN at September 20, 2009 8:46 PM

This is a sad commentary on the state of the human heart. Yes, he knew what he was getting into, and yes he probably was paid very well but that does not change the fact that he is dealing with a very serious health issue. I would agree football is a very violent and dangerous sport. It can be compared to the gladiatorial,and animal
bloodletting in ancient Rome. The crowds loved it, Even though it was ugly, death dealing.
Is there any really difference in "modern day football". Death, quadriplegics,broken bodies.limbs. Millions love it. What a sad testament to our technological age, blood sports
bring so many so much exitement. No matter what the argument -here is hoping a fellow human gets

Posted by: MABROWN at September 20, 2009 8:49 PM

Football is a very tough sport on the body. I was a running back through high school and into college. After sustaining a second concussion I was told I had to play at my own risk.... no insurance would cover medical treatment for a third concussion or resulting infirmaties caused by one. I reluctantly hung up my cleats and with deep regret, quit playing football at 20 years of age. I almost certainly wasn't going to the NFL yet I would have weighed the option of playing at my own risk if I had a chance to play football for a living. 29 years later I have lingering joint and shoulder problems from the constant pounding I took. Chronic headaches have plagued me since before I quit. I don't regret playing however and I don't hold anyone responsible for the subsequent injuries but myself.

Posted by: Steve c at September 20, 2009 9:15 PM

Although Kyle may have been aware that he was sustaining concussions or head injuries. No one can imagine the long term effects unless they have experienced it first hand. It is up to the NFL amd/or the medical personnel assiciated with the players to explain in as much detail as possible the cummulative and long term effects of even concussions. They should have someone who is living with the effects talk to those players and explain to them the long term effects so when they make a choice to continue to play, they will at least have been informed of the gravity of the long term effects of TBI. The way concussions and more severe head injuries are handled needs to change from little league to professional sports. In the case of little league, the parents need to be informed.

People in general have no idea of the long term effects on their life. Our brain controls everything. Without our brain working properly, who are we?

Posted by: Neuro at September 20, 2009 10:00 PM

football has been around too darn long, and alot of other contacts sports as well. this would set a no win precident for all involved. how many atheletes would come out of the wood works to claim their injuries(no dahh!!!)could have been avoided, but their respective associations didn't spell it out for them. why do ball player "moms" always worry about their boys(and girls). because our noggins are "precious", and size doesn't matter. i'm torn because i'm not clear how can a football player sue for head injuries. is it because information regarding past injuries were not disclosed? or is he saying someone should have told him what could happen???

Posted by: no win situation at September 20, 2009 10:37 PM

My best friend is one of Kyle's best frienda and I will say this. What I know of Kyle is that he probably has enough money to live the rest of his life just fine. He would sue to change the fact that no one holds these leagues and their doctors accountable for the players/employees safety. They rather the players push the limits without knowing it because it makes these greedy human beings money. Someone above said it correct. He would sue not over having a resulting injury, but over not being informed that he had a condition so he could make a responsible decision to stop playing. He thought he was fine. The rest of you just want something to complain about and say things as fact when you do not even know the person. CYNTHIA, he is in my prayers as I'm sure he is in Tim's as well.

Posted by: Doug at September 21, 2009 12:06 AM

TYPO: 'friends'

Posted by: Doug at September 21, 2009 12:08 AM

Its sad that he faces something like this but he has made millons and we have our military members who face worse and dont make even 1 year of his salary in their careers.

Posted by: kerry at September 21, 2009 12:25 AM

My prayers are with Kyle and his family that he will live a long life. I do believe he has every right to persue the NFL on this. As an old fan when he gave his all for the New Orleans Saints, I say thank you and God Bless

Posted by: nolalady0403 at September 21, 2009 2:06 AM

What a fool , I love hearing of his disability and relish in the pain and misery it will cause him HOORAY. And may it not kill him to quickly so that he may suffer for as long as possable, thus prolonging my joy AHH love it. Hey any body have a story about pro wrestlers being crippled, those are great too. And my fav, anybody hit a tree skiing lately ala BONO, never laughed so hard! I,m in heaven thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Player at September 21, 2009 2:47 AM

This is about Recognition of the potential life threatening injures one may endure playing contact sports. As a fellow athlete who suffered many concussions before the age of 20 I applaud him for bringing this to the forefront. As well as the ex-NFLer's donating their brains to science. Its a serious issue when players are killing themselves years after their careers were over due to depression etc...

Posted by: Davis at September 21, 2009 2:59 AM

I was/am angry at what "THE MAN," is going thru at present.Kyle Turley is a football player who comes along once in a great while.
Mike Ditka,Jack Lambert,Dick Butkus and Kyle.
Better health bra,

Posted by: Dan Maloney at November 19, 2009 1:08 PM

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