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Merril Hoge is a former NFL running back who worked as an analyst at ESPN for twenty-one years, helping launch ESPN2, NFL Live, and Fantasy Football. Hoge is chairman of the board of the Highmark Caring Foundation and on the board of the Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research. Active in concussion research and in the prevention and treatment of brain injuries, Hoge testified at a congressional hearing on football head injuries in 2009 and was appointed to the NFL Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee in 2010. In 2018, Hoge helped launch Your Call Football and is the author of Find a Way: Three Words That Changed My Life. He lives in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.
"Brainwashed is a must-read for any parent] ]there is still so much
unknown in the realm of head injuries and concussions. We both feel
more educated after reading Merril's book." -- Ben Roethlisberger
and Ashley Roethlisberger "Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback;
"Brainwashed turns discussions [about CTE and concussions] upside down and gives them a good hard shake. A very interesting read." -- Cris Collinsworth "Analyst on NBC's Sunday Night Football and former NFL player"
"I urge you to read Brainwashed. Thank you, Merril, for presenting us with perspective and taking to task the people who have owned the narrative of CTE." -- Suzy Kolber "Host of ESPN's Monday Night Countdown"
"Merril Hoge and Dr. Peter Cummings have produced a detailed, well-documented, first-hand account of the issues that surround the sport of football and the potential for brain injury." -- Dr. Julian Bailes "Director of neurosurgery and codirector of the NorthShore HealthSystem Neurological Institute"
"Reading Brainwashed was an eye-opening experience. It exposes the hidden agendas at play and bad science at work." -- Trent Dilfer and Cassandra Dilfer "Super Bowl champion; former collegiate athlete"
"Whatever your position on the subject of CTE may be, you should read this book. It contains information every parent and athlete should carefully review." -- Bill Polian "Former NFL general manager"