The former NHL star whose career was ended prematurely primarily by six concussions suffered between 1998 and 2000 as a Philadelphia Flyer knows about the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)and its posthumous diagnosis in so many former NFL players and in some NHLers.
And as more and more players are discovered to have developed this neuorodegenerative disorder, from Junior Seau to Ken Stabler and Frank Gifford, Lindros admits he’d be lying if he didn’t admit he is concerned, too.
“To not be worried about it would be impossible to do,” Lindros told the News. “You do worry from time to time. It’s just normal to worry about something like that, because you’re seeing more and more first-hand some of the results (with other athletes).
“You’re reading about others, seeing others in documentaries or watching in a movie theatre,” he added. “But then there are many people who feel fine and do well, too, and I hope to (always) be in that group.”
But Lindros isn’t sitting on the bench in this fight, he’s passionately active in promoting the concussion research of scientist and associate professor Arthur Brown, PhD, out of the University of Western Ontario, in part to help science drive progress but for personal reasons, as well.
Lindros, who celebrated his 43rd birthday Sunday, reports he is healthy and well and living a busy life in Toronto with a growing family and not suffering from any symptoms of the disease. The former Ranger (2001-2004) is a partner in a clothing distribution company. He lights up when he talks about his wife, 21-month-old son Carl Pierre and the couple’s five-and-a-half month-old twins, Ryan Paul and Sophie Rose.
This post was originally posted in NYDailyNews written by Pat Leonard