Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Communication, Technology, and Society
Denham, Bryan E
Scott , David T
Sanderson , Jimmy
This study addresses the influence of a trigger event on mainstream news coverage of injuries in professional football. In 2002, four-time Super Bowl winner and NFL Hall of Famer Mike 'Iron Mike' Webster passed away due to what is known today as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a condition that develops in the brain after multiple impacts. It has been confirmed that Webster sustained CTE from his 17-year NFL career, although medical evidence at the time of his death did not exist, and his passing was instead attributed to heart failure. This is an empirical analysis of how the trigger event of Webster's death impacted mainstream print reports of injuries in the National Football League.
Moe, Alexander, "Banging Heads - Media Portrayals of Injuries in Professional Football Before and After the Death of Mike Webster" (2014). All Theses. 1923.