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.

More:

“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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