Scared, lonely and confused: What concussions inflict upon NFL legends


Nick Buoniconti is an NFL legend. He was a defensive star on the 1972 Miami Dolphins, still the only team to go undefeated and win the Super Bowl in the same season. 

Buoniconti, of course, is still a legend — legends never die, as the saying goes. But he’s declined precipitously over the past few years, following 14 seasons of big hits and playing through pain as a pro football demigod.

That decline — equal parts harrowing and heart-breaking — is the focus of a long, painstakingly intimate profile of Buoniconti in Sports Illustrated, written by S.L. Price. You’ve may have read more concussion stories than you can count at this point, but it’s time to make room for one more.  Read more…

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