In the latest chapter of what has become one of the biggest sports stories of a generation, yet another NFL player, Junior Seau, has tragically killed himself and has been diagnosed with CTE, a progressive, degenerative brain disease. In today’s paper, Belson and I report on the science of the Seau findings, but the comments from readers also provide interesting insight into the broader conversation surrounding football and head injuries. 

I spent today running around downtown mingling with Giants fans. They’re crazy, love blue. (Tweets here, reportage on the Fifth Down and here’s what went in Wednesday’s paper.)

But let us take a moment to consider this young lady as an MVP: 

But perhaps no fan was more committed than Cristina Buttler, a 17-year-old high school senior from Kings Park, N.Y., who said she boarded a 6:30 a.m. train into the city on crutches, her left leg in a boot from a track injury. She was joined by her parents, Walter and Claudia, and her best friend, 17-year-old Melanie Ritter, who also had an injured ankle. The four landed a spot on Broadway right along the parade route.

Wearing a Giants jersey and headband printed with the Giants logo and a camera hanging around her neck, Buttler said she was cold and her leg hurt. But not attending wasn’t an option, she said. “It’s the Giants,” she said. “How could I not come?”