This hour: the National Football League.
Just hearing those words once beckoned vivid mental images -- scenes of athletes entertaining millions with their heroic throws and jaw-clenching tackles.
In recent years, however, the NFL's image has darkened -- clouded by concerns surrounding athlete behavior and a brain disease known as CTE.
So what lies head for American football? Coming up, we take a closer look and we also hear from you.
- Lisa McHale - Director of Family Relations at the Concussion Legacy Foundation and wife of former NFL athlete Tom McHale
- Dr. David Wang - Director of Sports Medicine at Quinnipiac University and Clinical Director of Elite Sports Medicine at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center; he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut (BIAC)
- Harry Bellucci - Hartford Public Schools coach and chairman of Connecticut’s football coaches committee
- Dr. Keith Penney - Orthopedic surgeon at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, Connecticut; he’s also a football team physician and father of three sons
- Katherine Snedaker, LCSW - Executive Director of PINK Concussions and mother of three sons
Chion Wolf and Evan Sobol contributed to this show, which originally aired on December 8, 2017.