"We have to accept that football is dangerous to the brain," Nowinski says. "It's like smoking and lung cancer. If you smoke fewer cigarettes per day and smoke for fewer years, the risk of cancer goes down. We can apply that same knowledge to football. If we shorten the years we take off the front end, and limit hits to the head through reforms like we've seen from the NFL to colleges to high schools ... then suddenly, the future is tremendously brighter for football players. That's what Kevin Turner taught us."
"What Kevin Turner's case shows is that when you start playing football at 5 years old, and you're successful, it destroys your brain," said Chris Nowinski, a founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundation.