Former Eagles quarterback Jim McMahon is the poster child for the CTE connection.

By Peter Gleason

A Congressional hearing on Monday afternoon resulted in an admission that has the potential to do more damage to the NFL than Ray Rice, Deflategate and every other scandal combined.

A top official with the NFL made a stunning admission, agreeing with a neuropathologist before a Congressional panel that a link exists between football-related brain injuries and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The league had never before publicly acknowledged such a connection.

Jeff Miller, the NFL’s senior vice president for health and safety, was speaking at a roundtable discussion on concussions convened by the House Committee on Energy & Commerce. When asked by Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-Ill.) if a connection between football and CTE had been established, Miller replied, “The answer to that question is certainly yes.”

“The NFL has spent the last decade trying to convince the world that that link wasn’t real,” Nowinski said. “And a lot of people have based a lot of decisions, whether to sign their child up or whether to ignore their concussions, based on a certain trust with the NFL.

“And I think this will change the behavior of a lot of people, this will have legal implications. It’s just about damn time.”