This broke earlier today with a Tweet from ESPN‘s Adam Schefter:
Some of the retired players may remember Elliot Pellman as the other ‘Dr. No’ who once chaired the re-named NFL ‘Mild’ Traumatic Brain Injury Committee. While Pellman is actually a doctor, he received his medical degree as a rheumatologist in Mexico years ago and NOT as a neurologist. Pellman stepped in as Chair of the committee after Ira Casson stepped down following an embarrassing grilling in front of a 2009 Congressional hearing on concussions and football (which went nowhere in the end).
At the urging of Commissioner Roger Goodell, Pellman “retired” as “medical advisor” after working with the League for 30 years in various positions (and as former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue’s personal physician).
NFL medical advisor Elliot Pellman retires
NFL medical advisor Dr. Elliot Pellman is retiring after reportedly being prompted to do so by commissioner Roger Goodell.
Goodell also announced the NFL will hire a full-time chief medical officer.
Pellman has worked with the league for 30 years, spending time with the New York Jets and the league itself. He is best known for his role in leading the NFL’s Mild Traumatic Brain Injury committee, which repeatedly denied the link between football, concussions and long-term brain damage. Pellman, who was chairman of the committee, is a rheumatologist and not an expert on the brain.
The NFL’s long–held stance that football does not cause brain trauma has been discredited by researchers at Boston University and elsewhere, and the league has been sued by a number of former players.
You can read the rest of the piece from Sports Illustrated by clicking HERE.
All we can say is, “Don’t forget to flush, Roger!”