Henry VIII and the NFL

Henry VIII and the NFL
Henry Tudor, aka HRH Henry VIII, King of England, Wales, Ireland  & etc. and Supreme Head of the Church of England, was also a musician, composer, poet, firm believer in marriage, and a devoted sportsman. He liked archery, dressage, hawking and hunting, but most of all he loved jousting. HRH suffered jousting accidents in 1524 and 1525, while he was in his thirties. A later jousting accident in 1536 seriously damaged His Majesty’s leg, and Henry’s tyrannical behavior has often been attributed to that injury.

Not so fast, says Yale’s Dr. Arash Salardini; cumulative jousting blows to the helmeted royal head may have caused Traumatic Brain Injury or CTE, just like helmeted NFL players get.


“Henry VIII’s erratic behavior was likely caused by an NFL-style injury, argue Yale researchers,” Olivia Goldhill, Quartz

“What many NFL players have in common with Henry VIII: Brain damage,” Amy Ellis Nutt, Washington Post

“Is CTE what made Henry VIII kill all those wives?” Kyle Smith, New York Post


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