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Postby Happy Mom » Fri Dec 18, 2015 6:13 pm

'Concussion' movie makes ex-Bear Dave Duerson a 'villain,' family says


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In this Aug. 14, 1989, file photo, Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson (22) scrambles for running room after intercepting a pass as Miami Dolphins Jeff Uhlenhake (63) grabs hold during a game in Miami.

Posted: Friday, December 18, 2015 5:00 am | Updated: 7:22 am, Fri Dec 18, 2015.
Chicago Tribune Report
The family of Dave Duerson, who played in the NFL for 11 seasons and on the 1985 Bears, says the upcoming movie "Concussion" unfairly and inaccurately portrays him.
“They needed a villain, someone to take the fall,” his son Tregg Duerson told The New York Times.

Dave Duerson took his own life in 2011. He was 50 years old. Later that year, Boston University researchers announced that Duerson's brain had evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.
In the movie, actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje portrays the former Bears defensive back.
Tribune sports columnist David Haugh recently saw a screening of the movie, which opens Christmas Day.
Of the film, Haugh wrote: "One of the most gripping exchanges in the movie involves a desperate (Andre) Waters asking Duerson for help in 2006 outside the league office in New York. Duerson, then a trustee on the (NFL Players Association) Retirement Board, essentially told Waters to toughen up, showing a lack of understanding and empathy for his suffering. Five years later, both men would be dead from self-inflicted gunshot wounds (Dr. Bennet) Omalu believes were related to brain trauma their careers as NFL safeties caused."
Tregg Duerson and his mother, Alicia, told the New York Times they were unhappy with the film's portrayal of Dave Duerson. Another scene, showing Duerson physically blocking Dr. Omalu from entering a medical conference and insulting him, never really happened, the family says.
The film's director, Peter Landesman, told The Times the film is not intended as a documentary or "Wikipedia entry" but as an "emotionally and spiritually accurate" depiction of the NFL's resistance to the truth about concussions.
The Bears selected Duerson out of Notre Dame in the third round of the 1983 draft. He became a starter in 1985 and played in the first of four consecutive Pro Bowls that year. In 1986, his seven sacks set an NFL record for defensive backs.
"He was a hell of a football player," former Bears coach Mike Ditka said shortly after Duerson's death. "He came in at the right time for us because that's when Todd Bell held out. He fit right in, became a starter. We liked everything about him at Notre Dame. He rounded out that defense. He fit in perfectly with Gary Fencik back there and was one of the leaders of our team."
Teammates recalled Duerson as a personable teammate and a player others rallied around. He spearheaded a drug and alcohol awareness program and was named the NFL Man of the Year in 1987. He also was one of the Bears' NFLPA representatives and a leader through the 1987 strike.
After his football career ended, Duerson's life took some harsh turns.
He became owner of Brooks Sausage Co. (later Fair Oaks Farms), which was a supplier for Burger King and other fast food chains. Under Duerson's leadership, Fair Oaks grew its annual sales to $63.5 million from $24 million.
He sold his stake in the company in 2002 and started Duerson Foods, but that company was forced into receivership in 2006 and most of its assets were auctioned off.
In 2007, Duerson filed for divorce from his wife of 24 years, Alicia, and lost his Highland Park home in foreclosure. The year before he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery and subsequently lost his position as a trustee for the University of Notre Dame.
The movie "Concussion" stars Will Smith as Omalu, a forensic pathologist credited with discovering CTE, a degenerative neurological disorder, after examining the brain of former Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster in 2002.
http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/lo ... b03ce.html
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