The NFL is still coming to grips with the dangers of professional football — a brutal sport that makes the league tremendously wealthy.
Chad Ochocinco was let go by the AFC champions on Thursday. Ochocinco expressed his gratitude to Pats fans via his preferred social media outlet.
He is not the first football player to have committed suicide, and experts worry that it may be linked to repeated concussions.
Friends and former team-mates say they never would have expected the player's suicide.
Former linebacker's apparent suicide, three years after retiring, renews denunciations of football's culture of toughness and the incidence of head injuries. Junior Seau had sustained multiple concussions, friends and family say.
Six players in Super Bowl XLIII have Polynesian heritage – a record number for the big game.