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For First Time, NFL Acknowledges Link Between Football and Brain Disorders

For what's believed to be the first time ever, a senior NFL official acknowledged Monday that there's a direct link between playing football and developing degenerative brain disease - a significant shift in the discussion over head trauma caused by America's most popular sport.

Jeff Miller, the NFL's executive vice president for health and safety policy, acknowledged the connection during a roundtable discussion convened by the House Government and Commerce Committee, which is investigating concussions in the military, sports and other dangerous pursuits.

Asked by Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, whether he believed "there is a link between football and degenerative brain disorders" like chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, Miller noted research by Dr. Ann McKee of Boston University and said: "Certainly, Dr. McKee's research shows that a number of retired NFL players were diagnosed with CTE, so the answer to that question is certainly yes."

Schakowsky, as if surprised by the answer, interrupted to repeat, "Is there a link?" To which Miller replied, "Sure" - before noting that he is not a doctor.

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