NEW YORK -- In the land of three-letter abbreviations, there aren't too many more recognizable than NFL. But there's another three-letter abbreviation that's making up for lost time -- CTE.
As recently as a week before this year's Super Bowl, the NFL denied any link between football and the degenerative brain disease, but it looks like someone has finally knocked some sense into the NFL's head honchos.
On Monday, Jeff Miller, the NFL’s Executive Vice President of Health & Safety Policy, admitted to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy & Commerce that there was a link after all.
“Well, certainly Dr. [Ann] McKee's research shows that a number of retired football players are diagnosed with CTE," Miller said. "So the answer to that question is certainly yes."
It's been a long road to an NFL employee finally admitting that there's a correlation.
So now what? Does the game we know and love disappear forever?
Based on some of the money that's just been given away in free agency, likely not -- although it's already changed the way some teams prepare. Ivy League football coaches have decided to eliminate all full contact hitting from practices during the regular season.
Also, the amount of contact in NFL practices was already scaled back before this latest admission.
Maybe one day, those three letters may turn into four -- NFFL -- the National Flag Football League.