American Rhetoric: Movie Speech
Dr. Bennet Omalu Addresses the NFL Players Association on CTE and Football
A small boy came to me and said, "Mister, why do you hate football?"
I said, "I don't hate football."
He said, "Yes, my father said you hate football."
I said, "You tell your father to come see me."
My wife watches the games. And she will scream, and she will jump. She startles me a lot. But through her eyes, I can see the beauty, and the grace, the power.
I said to her that I wished I'd never met Mike Webster. But that was before I knew him.
He has given me a great gift.
When a man is a soldier, he knows what is at risk. He may be injured or even killed. But when a man is a -- is a football player, he knows he may break his arm or his leg. He does not know that he can lose his mind, his family, his money -- his life.
They have to know.
By dying, they speak for the living. And I speak for them. That is all I do.
Be at peace.