The stories were side-by-side on TSN’s website. Both involved football and, maybe, its inherent dangers.
Former CFL receiver Ken Evraire is donating his brain to Boston University, which conducts post-mortem tests to determine brain damage suffered by former players. Evraire is 52. He played for three CFL teams, including the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and in the story, he joked that doctors might not even find a brain in his head. But Evraire admitted to having some memory issues.
The other story: former NFL nose tackle Lester Williams died at home at the age of 58. No other details were immediately forthcoming. Maybe Williams died of natural causes. Maybe something else. But there’s no joking around when a former pro athlete dies at such a young age. Immediately it’s assumed the athlete was suffering from the pounding he took during his career. It’s not fair to assume that. But considering how many athletes have been inflicted by brain disease, that’s not fair, either.