First trailer for ‘Concussion’ paints NFL as ruthless villain

This December, the film “Concussion” will hit theaters. The movie tells the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the Nigerian forensic pathologist who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative brain disease that has been linked to concussions.

It just so happens that the first trailer for the film, in which Omalu is portrayed by Will Smith, was released on Twitter today by Monday Morning Quarterback, and it paints the NFL as something of an evil corporate villain.

Simply put, the trailer alone makes this film a must-see for any football fan who has followed the tragic saga of CTE, which has claimed the lives of a number of beloved former football players including Dave Duerson, Mike Webster and, perhaps most notably, Hall of Famer Junior Seau.

Though the trailer does make the NFL look awful, it should be noted that (spoiler alert!) the league has gotten better addressing the growing concussion problem over the past several years, all thanks to Dr. Omalu’s work. Parts of this short two minute clip may seem a bit dramatic, but such is the magic of Hollywood.

“Concussion” is set to hit theaters on Christmas Day.

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to Sports Illustrated

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