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  August 5, 2016

Anthony Davis and the Repercussions of a Football Career

Robert Scheer sits down with famed USC and pro football player Anthony Davis and USC dean Jeremy Rosenberg to discuss how brain trauma from years of playing football forever changed Davis' life.


Robert Scheer is the editor-in-chief of Truthdig. He's also a professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and host of the KCRW podcast Scheer Intelligence. For decades, Bob was the national correspondent, and then columnist, for the Los Angeles Times. He's the author of many books, including The Great American Stickup, The Pornography of Power, and most recently They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.

USC legend Anthony Davis co-wrote Kick-Off Concussion: How the Notre Dame Killer Recovered His Brain "with USC dean Jeremy Rosenberg in 2014, chronicling Davis' discovery of his brain's trauma after his football career ended and the later rehabilitation he received to help his cognitive function. Davis tells Robert Scheer about when he realized that the various cognitive issues he was having needed to be dealt with. They discuss whether there can be such a thing as a completely "safe" sport. And finally, Davis tells Scheer the plan he hopes the NFL implements in the future to monitor players brain trauma and keep them safe.

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