NFL donates $30 million to NIH for medical research


On the day the NFL kicks off a new season, the league made its largest donation to date, giving $30 million to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

The donation was made to fund medical research, specifically toward brain injuries.

The NIH with administer the research designed to benefit athletes and the general population, including the military, which the league has taken a closer working role with.

According to the league’s release, the specific plans are being developed, but the research will focus on “chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE); concussion management and treatment; and the understanding of the potential relationship between traumatic brain injury and late-life neurodegenerative disorders, especially Alzheimer’s disease.”

They will also look at other athletics-related health issues, such as cardiac problems, heat and hydration issues, and chronic degenerative joint problems and “the detection and health effects of performance enhancing substances, including human growth hormone.”

“We hope this grant will help accelerate the medical community’s pursuit of pioneering research to enhance the health of athletes past, present and future,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in the release. “This research will extend beyond the NFL playing field and benefit athletes at all levels and others, including members of our military.”

It’s a generous gift, and to be applauded, even as it comes at a time when the league is being sued for its inattention to head injuries by more than 3,000 former players.

11 responses to “NFL donates $30 million to NIH for medical research

  1. Good. Current NFL players might need medical help if the replacement refs are around blowing calls all season.

  2. That’s good news, it really is. Now go “donate” 30 mill to the NFLRA so we can have legit refs and not some guys who just reffed a Pacific State vs Virginia Wesleyan game.

  3. It looks like a big chunk of money but, in the grand scheme of things, it’s probably a fairly cheap way of generating positive P.R. (for both the public and the courts). They get P.E.D. research out of it, too, so it’s win-win.

  4. Funny that we know obesity causes heart disease and diabetes and theres no issue with the linemen.

    If the NFLPA really cared about player health, they would make this an issue too. The problem is theres no money in it so they focus on concussions instead.

    Simple solution: let the players know… “If your fat, its terrible for your heart and long term health. If you keep getting hit in the head, its terrible for your brain and can possibly affect your long term health… Now that you know that, do you still want to play and collect your millions of dollars?”. 99.999% of them will still play.

  5. Looks like they’re just rubbing it in the Ref’s face now. Ref’s are trying to mask their greed behind the red herring of Safety, I’m sure this is going to make them lose ground on the one position they had the upper hand on.

  6. I agree that this is a great gesture by the league. The NIH does so much in the fight to find cures for numerous diseases and disorders. 30 million will go a long way and it is great that the nfl donated to this cause.

    As a former college football player who is a huge fan of the nfl I thank you for this donation. I applaud your donation because I myself have a genetic disorder that the NIH persistently studies and organizes clinical trials and research in the hopes of finding a cure. Without donations like this people suffering from disorders like mine would not have hope of a possible cure someday.

  7. I would applaud the NFL for this most gracious donation “IF” it was done in good spirit. But, GODell/NFL is all about P.R. these days and I think everyone knows why the NFL did this – They’ve been losing the P.R. battle for a good couple of months now and this will help get them back in the green!!!!

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