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NFL to Hire Chief Medical Officer

NFL to Hire Chief Med Officer TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
NFL to Hire Chief Med Officer
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BOSTON, February 1, 2015 (Staff and wire service report) - The National Football League has hired Elizabeth Nabel, president of the prestigious Boston-based Brigham & Women’s Hospital, as the American football league’s first-ever Chief Medical Officer, according to a report by Bloomberg News’ Scott Soshnick posted to the newswire’s site on Super Bowl Sunday. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could not be reached for comment and spokespeople for both the league and the hospital declined comment. NBC Sports reported Goodell had declined an interview request from the network which was broadcasting the league’s biggest game of the year today

The Bloomberg report noted, 'Commissioner Roger Goodell during his Jan. 30 state of the league address said the most-watched U.S. sports league would create the chief medical officer position as part of the NFL’s commitment to making the game safer. Goodell said since 2012 concussions in regular-season games have dropped to 111 from 173.'

“There’s more to do on player health and safety,” said Goodell during the press conference. “Carefully reviewing and approving our concussion protocols will be a focus of our medical committees this offseason.”

“This individual, who we expect to have in place very soon, will oversee our medical-related policies, ensure that we update them regularly, and work closely with our medical committees, our advisers, and the NFL Players’ Association,” Goodell noted. 

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