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Concussions are one of the most common injuries in the NFL, and nearly every week at least a few are on the injured list having suffered this medical illness. A concussion is a common injury in all contact sports, but they can occur in almost any recreational activity. With its prevalence in football, many NFL stars have come forward in recent years to discuss the dangers of experiencing brutal hits to the head. Consequently, many have suffered brain damage that has led to severe memory loss, depression and sometimes bouts of uncontrollable rage.
Jamie Dukes was born on June 14, 1964, in Schenectady, New York, USA as Jamie Donnell Dukes. He is an actor, known for Bell Rung (2012), SportsNite (2004) and Unshackled (2000). Former NFL Total Access and &NFL HQ During NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football schedule, Dukes, Paul, and Bucky Brooks can be seen providing complementary coverage on NFL.com/LIVE: Thursday Night Football, providing “live look-ins” of the game, highlights and instant analysis of each matchup from NFL Network’s Los Angeles studios. As a champion in the fight against both adult and childhood obesity, Dukes founded the ‘Put Up Your Dukes’ foundation in 2009, working to bring awareness to the battle against obesity and encouraging the healthy adoption lifestyles among American families.
In March 2009, Dukes, along with Falcons owner Arthur Blank and other current NFL players partnered with U.S. Senator Representatives to reintroduce the Fitness Integrated with Teaching Kids Act (FIT Kids Act). The FIT Kids Act works to combat childhood obesity by strengthening physical education programs throughout the country. Dukes is also an active supporter of NFL Network’s Keep Gym In School initiative, which works to provide funding and support physical education programs in schools nationwide. Also, Dukes has partnered with Ethicon Endo-Surgery to fight obesity and currently is a national spokesperson for the REALIZE© Adjustable Gastric Band. In July 2008, Dukes had bariatric surgery to address issues with obesity post-career and, in partnership with EES, works to helpanother retired player
In 2011, Sanders, along with Faulk were a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s induction class. Additionally, in May 2011, he was one of 14 players and two coaches to be named to the National Football Foundation’s 2011 College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision Class. Sanders, who holds the NFL record for career return touchdowns (19 by kickoff, punt, interception and fumble), also added the game analyst to his versatile resume in 2006, with an impromptu appearance in the broadcast booth during Cowboys vs. Falcons on NFL Network with Faulk, filling in for Dick Vermeil. Sanders and Faulk returned to the NFL Network booth in 2007, providing color analysis for Bengals vs. 49ers and Steelers vs. Rams, and again in 2008 for Ravens vs. Cowboys. Sanders retired after spending the 2004-05 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. Previously, he was an analyst on CBS’ The NFL Today pregame show from 2001-03.
An eight-time Pro Bowler, Sanders played 14 NFL seasons for the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens. He has 53 career interceptions – 22nd all-time – and his 25.1-yards per interception return average ranks second in NFL history (minimum 30 interceptions). Sanders is also tied for second all-time with nine interception-return touchdowns, ranking behind former NFL Network analyst Rod Woodson (14). In 1994, Sanders helped the San Francisco 49ers win Super Bowl XXIX and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Among his six regular-season interceptions for the 49ers, he returned three for touchdowns and became the first player in NFL history with two 90+ yard INT-returns for touchdowns in a season. He also had INTs in the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XXIX.
A year later the versatile Sanders won his second consecutive championship, helping the Dallas Cowboys to a Super Bowl XXX victory. During that postseason, he caught a 47-yard pass in the Super Bowl, had a key 35-yard third-down reception in the NFC Championship Game, and scored on a 21-yard reverse in the NFC Divisional Playoff. A two-time All-American at Florida State, Sanders was the first-round draft choice of the Atlanta Falcons in 1989. He is the only person in professional sports history to play in the World Series and the Super Bowl.
Dr. Jackson is a Board Certified Neurological Surgeon. He specializes in both minimally invasive spinal surgery (outpatient microdiscectomy and percutaneous fusions, etc.) as well as aggressive spinal tumor resection and reconstruction with instrumentation. He also remains interested in cranial surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, and Chiari malformations. Dr. Jackson is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the North American Spine Society and maintains an academic appointment as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Dr. Kevin Dennis, MD Pharm.D
Dr. Dennis is a Board-Eligible Emergency and Family Physician who was trained as a Pharmacist before his transition to medicine. Dr. Dennis was born in Monterey, CA and later commuted to Orlando, FL as a youngster. He graduated from Meharry Medical College and completed his residency training between Dallas (Parkland) and Nashville (NGH).
Dr. Dennis serves as a staff ER physician and Clinical Medical Laboratory Director of CSL Plasma. Dr. Dennis specialized in the research and formulation of cancer reducing nutritional intravenous infusion products. Dr. Dennis is a strong advocate of nutritional replacement therapies, and his expertise is in this field is complementary to current concussion (CTE) advancements.
Harvey Ray Farmer (born July 1, 1974) is a former professional American football player and former general manager of the Cleveland Browns.Farmer played cornerback at Duke University from 1992 to 1996. He was all-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) twice, and as a senior, he led the team in tackles with 111 and played in two collegiate all-star games. After graduation with a degree in sociology, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 1996 draft, and played three seasons at linebacker. His career was ended by a knee injury.Farmer was formerly the general manager for the Cleveland Browns. Prior to his position with the Browns, he was director of pro personnel for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2006 to 2012 and a scout for the Atlanta Falcons from 2002 to 2006. Before working in the NFL, he was the academic coordinator for football at Duke University in 2001, and worked in TV and radio from 1998-2000.
Dr. Beaty, of Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery in metro Atlanta, specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, nose and neck, and has been practicing since 1997. He offers individualized rejuvenation surgery, including facelift, browlift, eyelid lift and skin resurfacing, with a patient-centered focus designed to best correct the specific problem areas identified.
Often, contour-changing procedures such as rhinoplasty, otoplasty, and facial implant placement are recommended to achieve a better aesthetic balance of the patient’s face and enhance features by changing their shape or size. Dr. Beaty also performs liposuction and fat modification of the face and neck when indicated to change soft tissue contours.
When possible, he uses minimal-incision and endoscopic approaches to minimize recovery time. Dr. Beaty offers non-surgical options for cosmetic improvement of the face including Botox, injectable fillers, and non-ablative laser treatment. Rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty are performed with attention to maximal improvement in both appearance and function.