That's all true. Maybe he wouldn't have lasted as long had he stayed. It's hard not think that it cheated his legacy at least a little, though. Highest numbers matter more when we get farther removed from the time that the player actually played.
If anything has marred his legacy, it's playing for like 10 teams in the last 3 years. I wonder where he'll go to next? Then again, he needs to be traded from Florida as they're not a Cup contender.
One more reason to love Jammy. He's the best, wish he wasn't on a team in our division.
I wish he played for us. We could add a few more years to his career. Would fit in well with our roster type. I've never been the biggest fan of signing old players, but he's played for every team besides the Wings so I'm feeling bad he's never played for us.
BTW, I've never heard that nickname. Sounds like something the model would call him. Is there something you're not telling us?
Did they? I thought much of the research on CTE is fairly recent?
The research is, but it's basic common sense that getting punched in the head for a living isn't good for you. These guys had concussions. They had to have known they didn't feel OK. They must have thrown up many times after games. They couldn't have been oblivious to the dangers of their specialty.
Unfortunately, in those days enforcers didn't want to tell coaches about concussions, because it would make them look weak and not invincible. I remember reading an interview with Ryan Vandenbussche where he stated something similar about being afraid to admit he played with concussions.
The research and the recent player deaths/depression have shed more light on this issue and the long-term effects. However, I refuse to believe guys like Probert and Ewen didn't know that what they were doing was hazardous for their health.
It is. There is no way these jobbers could have ever known what was specifically at stake, because *scientists* didn't even know.
First off, Probert wasn't a jobber. He was a pretty good player. Secondly, read my post above. Are you trying to say these guys thought getting punched in the head every night would have no long-term effects? I doubt it. Maybe they didn't give a crap and were riding the lifestyle, but they had to have known.
This is really sad, but that's how it is in sports where hits to the head are common. Every enforcer from his generation knew what risks they were taking. It's too early to tell why he committed suicide. Maybe his life was in a bad state. But if they study his brain, of course it will look different than an average person's brain. The average person didn't get punched in the head as often as he did.
BTW, for those who may not know, Todd Ewen is the only guy who ever KO'd Bob Probert. He played for many teams and had tons of other fights and big wins, but that's what I'll always remember him for most.