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OT: Remember Steve Smith, former PSU fullback?


#1

Frank Bodani: Former PSU fullback Steve Smith still has strength to fight

http://www.ydr.com/ci_15492485?source=most_emailed

Inspiring article. Really makes you count your blessings.


#2

I have to wonder if his ALS was brought on by concussions. I read some articles last week regarding whether or not Lou Gehrig really had ALS or if it was brain damage from concussions mirroring ALS.
http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2010/08/17/report-scientists-evidence-connecting-head-injuries-athletes-lou-gehrigs/


#3

My daughter told me about CTEM and that ironicaly Lou Gehrig may not have died of the disease that was named for him.
I lost a good friend and neighbor to ALS last September and I want to share the linked article with his wife and find out if he had
any head injuries earlier in life.
I remember seeing a 60 minute show some 15 years back (or so) that tried to explore the incidence of either 3 or 4 San Francisco 49’ers, all teamates on a early 1960’s team, suffering and eventually succumbing to “ALS”. The odds of that many on a team of 4 dozen or so players all contacting ALS obviously out of whack with any probability tablesWith these new findings one would suspect that the head trauma for them and for Steve Smith would seem the more likely cause of the ALS symtoms and that CTEM the more likely culprit.


#4

Thanks for sharing Cappy.

Having attended PSU during the mid-80’s, I had the pleasure of getting to know a number of the great players to ever don the Blue and White. Many of those great players from that '86 championship team were also great people. Guys you could easily approach on campus and have a conversation with. I recall Steve as being one of those. Happy to hear he’s keeping a positive attitude and has a loving family to help him along the way.


#5

Penn State Football Lettermen Support Steve Smith in his Battle Against ALS

http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/100411aad.html

A true champion: Penn State teammates rally around 1986 captain Steve Smith; fullback engaged in lenthy battle with ALS

http://blog.pennlive.com/bobflounders/2011/10/a_true_champion_penn_state_tea.html


#6

[quote=“JakkL, post:2, topic:1307”]I have to wonder if his ALS was brought on by concussions. I read some articles last week regarding whether or not Lou Gehrig really had ALS or if it was brain damage from concussions mirroring ALS.
http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2010/08/17/report-scientists-evidence-connecting-head-injuries-athletes-lou-gehrigs/[/quote]

Unfortunately yes, according to the info on the link below.

Steve’s story was featured on HBO’S Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel in August 2010, exploring how toxic proteins that form after brain trauma may cause ALS. It is believed that Steve’s brain trauma occurred from head injuries sustained during his football career.

http://stevesmithfund.org/steves-story


#7

I’ve got a close friend with ALS. He was exposed to an unbelievable amount of toxins in his job ‘decommissioning’ all the mills that have closed in Maine over the past two decades. So there was a strong suspicion that things like heavy metals were behind his illness.

There are a lot of theories about ALS, but it is poorly understood. The concussions and heavy metals theories may turn out to be right, but it has appeared to me to still be less than definitive.


#8

ALS is likely to be the end result of potentially several different causes. There are known versions of it that are directly linked to certain genetic defects and run in families, but the majority of cases do not have a specific known genetic linkage.

So it’s quite possible that concussions and also other toxic substances could contribute in some cases. Diseases like this are often hard to study because there is often such great variabilitiy in the causes.