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The devastating blow

Originally Published: January 26, 2005
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

In the time of Mike Webster, concussions probably were no less frequent than they are today -- it's just that they were not often recognized. Despite thousands and thousands of collisions in his 17-year NFL career, the Hall of Fame center was never diagnosed with a concussion.

Today, the NFL has become, relatively speaking, a place on enlightenment. Quarterbacks Steve Young and Troy Aikman were forced to retire in recent years after they sustained multiple concussions. New York Jets wide ...

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