Tony Liscio, former Cowboys offensive lineman, passed away on the morning of Father’s Day 2017. Liscio was battling a very rare disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as ALS. The disease affects the muscle functions and currently has no cure.
His wife, Annette, stated that ‘he believed playing football contributed to his condition’, according to Sports Day. This relates to the major controversy regarding the damaging effects that football players risk out on the field.
In 2015, Will Smith starred in a movie, Concussion, which outlines the theory of professional football players suffering ‘brain degeneration’.
His brain will be sent for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) testing to determine if the sport played a factor in his disease.
Liscio is most famous for his time with the Dallas Cowboys, contributing to their Super Bowl VI win. Much of his football career was played with several injuries including back problems and knee injuries.
Please pray for Liscio’s friends, family, and loved ones.