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Lorenzo Mauldin of the New York Jets is carted off the field after suffering a concussion in a game on Sept. 13.Rich Schultz/Getty Images
His body wrecked at 36, Antwaan Randle Elregrets ever playing in the National Football League. After he died of an overdose of pain medication at 27, Tyler Sash was found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head. Concussion diagnoses have increased by about a third since the league let independent medical officials assess players. And it seems that with each N.F.L. veteran’s death, another diagnosis of C.T.E. is revealed.
How can fans enjoy watching a game that helps ruin players’ lives?