Obesity Could Be the True Killer for Football Players

Head injuries have received much deserved attention in the news, but there’s a 350-pound problem that few are discussing

Roosevelt Brown (pictured left), a star tackle for the New York Giants from 1953 to 1965, was 6’3” and 255 pounds. Michael Oher, offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, stands at 6’4” and weighs 315 pounds. (Al Paloczy/Daniel Gluskoter)

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Rose Eveleth is a writer for Smart News and a producer/designer/ science writer/ animator based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Scientific American, Story Collider, TED-Ed and OnEarth.

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