Mac Engel: Widow of Cowboys great Ralph Neely says his final years were destroyed by CTE

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram

FORT WORTH, Texas — As a result of playing football, Ralph Neely had dementia, a bad back, a bad neck, replaced knees, a hip and a shoulder, scoliosis of the spine, and by the end he was in so much pain he told his wife he no longer wanted to live. “He said he would do it all over again,” said Neely’s widow, Janis, in a phone interview. Last week, one of the greatest players in the history of the University of Oklahoma and the Dallas Cowboys died. Ralph Neely was 78. Few could could have known the price that Neely paid to play football, and the lengths he went to be compensated by the NFL as p…

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