A new study of the brains of more than 200 former football players finds almost all of them show signs of the brain disease known as CTE.
The study, led by Boston University neuroscientist Dr. Ann McKee, doesn't confirm that CTE is common among football players. But the percentage of brains studied that had CTE went up with the level of play.
1590 WAKR football analyst Jay Brophy, who played at the University of Miami and with the Miami Dolphins, joined Jasen to talk about the study, what football teams and leagues are doing to combat brain injury, and what high school teams should be doing to protect young players.
Buddy Teevens, the head coach of Dartmouth and inventor of MVP Mobile Dummies spoke with former NFL linebacker Jay Brophy to talk about minimizing concussions by practicing with these dummies at all levels of football.
The time has come. The teams are ready. St. Vincent-St. Mary and Hoban are set for another edition of the "Holy War."
Kickoff from Infocision Stadium is set for 7 p.m.
The City Series, football league the Akron Public Schools has been one of the hot topics in the greater Akron area, and one of the former players and coaches in the city spoke about where things are headed with the athletic side of things.
Jay Brophy sat down with Ron Linger, Assistant Athletic Director with the Akron Public Schools in studio to talk about some of the history and where the league is going moving forward.
One of the biggest issues with the City Series is facilities, and Linger talked about how they are looking to improve that aspect of things.
Ron and Jay also talked about the Superintendent's committee that is looking at these issues head-on.
They formed last year and meet with APS Superintendent David James monthly.
Coming off a big win over Barberton in Week 4, the Copley Indians are ready to face rival Revere in the Battle for the Bell this week.
Indians head coach Scott Chouinard says this game is a rivalry that runs deep and is important for the entire Copley community.
Copley is 3-1 heading into the game with the Minutemen, who are also 3-1 on the season.
For the full interview with Coach Chouinard, click here.
The Cleveland Browns are 0-2 after their loss to the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium. They are down to their third quarterback in as many weeks with rookie Cody Kessler starting against the Dolphins next week.
Sports Director from Cleveland 19 Tony Zarrella joined hosts Jay Brophy and Justin McKinney to talk about the Browns and their development moving forward.
The "U" has a new head coach and one former 'Cane is excited about what he could bring to the table.
Former Buchtel, University of Miami, and NFL linebacker Jay Brophy Sr. joined the Average Sports Show to discuss former Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt being named the new football coach of the Miami Hurricanes.
Brophy seems to think that the hire is a home run for a team that is looking to reclaim their glory days.
"It's a perfect fit because he is a quarterback guy, and he can help their young quarterback Brad Kaaya," Brophy said.
"He understands the area, the recruiting, and he offensively, is going to make a big difference."
Richt replaces Al Golden, who was fired in the middle of the season at Miami.
Mother Nature couldn't have been more kind to the 6th Annual Thanks4Giving All-Star Football Game.
The game kicked off Thursday morning at Stow-Munroe Falls High School, with food donations and ticket sales benefiting the North American Indian Cultural Center.
"Since January, we've probably served over 500 families in Summit County with food and other assistance," said NAICC Program Director Cindy Kemp.
Jay Brophy is one of the coordinators. He says the game sets a stage that goes well beyond the game itself. The roster consists of high school football seniors from most schools in Summit County.
"We just know that by bringing the community out together and letting these kids play one last game together that, as a community, it hopefully springboards into more things happening and more donations and more money and whatever we can give, we know it's helping someone who is less fortunate than us," said Brophy.
Kemp says they just gave away 90 turkeys and she says that's the biggest need among Native Americans and others ... food.
"We have a lot of multi-generational families and large families because of the situation with the economy, they're all living together and large families are hard to feed."
Brophy is glad the game has become more popular each year because it helps the core mission.
"We're not out there pushing for bright lights or anything else," said Brophy. "All we want is the community to come together and help support the less fortunate in our area and there's a lot of it."
The NAICC also gives away school supplies and helps in other ways, such as scholarships and job assistance. Kemp says their core recipients are Native American but the organization also reaches out to others.