ALEX PIERSCIONEK, 19, defensive lineman with South Elgin HS (IL), blacked out after a head-on collision with an offensive lineman and woke up hours later in an emergency room. He had collapsed on the field and was airlifted to the hospital, events he does not remember. He has suffered from headaches, depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Pierscionek is suing the Illinois High School Association in an effort to protect future student athletes from concussions.–“Parents face difficult decision when it comes to football and their kids”, Newsday.com 8/10/15, John M. Crisp, Tribune News Service. “Suit Tackles Risk of Concussion in High School Football”, NBCnews.com 5/24/15, John Yang.
JOE DeLAMIELLEURE, 63, a guard with Buffalo and Cleveland, 1973-85, has been diagnosed as having CTE. The Hall of Famer suffers from anxiety, depression, chronic insomnia, mood swings and suicidal thoughts. He believes he’s had over 100 concussions. He believes the facemask made the helmet a weapon. He’s fighting for healthcare from the NFL.