PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – With the NFL admitting the link between playing football and degenerative brain diseases, Steelers Hall of Famer Mike Webster’s son, Garrett Webster, joined The Starkey and Mueller Show to discuss this latest news.
Garrett, the family-player liaison for the Brain Injury Research Institute, says it’s about time the league admits what has been obvious for years.
“It’s 10 years, my dad’s was discovered in 2006,” Webster said. “That’s 10 years since this has basically become a pretty accepted conclusion that sub-concussive blows, especially some from football, result in brain damage and CTE specifically and other kinds of damage to the brain.”
When asked about saying he feels like his family has been exiled by the Steelers organization, Garrett responded by saying there’s evidence to back those feelings up.
“I don’t think it’s how I feel, I think it’s fact,” Webster said. “There was the anniversary of the first Steelers championship team, I think that was last year or two years ago, we didn’t get an invite. Last year there was an event they held where Steelers’ Hall of Famers came down and got a ring or something like that. I mean we didn’t even find out about it until it was on Facebook. We’re pretty much ignored at every opportunity, and it’s really sad.
“I think the Steelers did reach out at a certain point in time to try to help out my dad and my family, but the unfortunate thing is that since dad passed away, there hasn’t been any real – and we’re not asking for anything more than what the third string backup on the 1980’s football team – and we’re just pretty much ignored with all of that with nobody even reaching out or returning our phone call,” Webster added.
Click the audio link below to hear more from Webster as he talks about his dad letting him play football growing up and if he would ever let any potential children of his own play the game.