To mark the 50th anniversary of the Ice Bowl on December 31st the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel posted an outstanding oral history about the game that had this nugget:
Two players declined to participate in this oral history, saying they had been diagnosed with dementia.
Enter Clemson University, a college football power.
Wide receiver Hunter Renfrow #13 of the Clemson Tigers makes a 2-yard game-winning touchdown reception against defensive back Tony Brown #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the fourth quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. The catch in the final two minutes gave Clemson a 35-31 win over the Crimson Tide. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Today, researchers from Clemson University are using football to battle the persistent damage brought on by dementia. Faculty and graduate student researchers are studying the effectiveness of a reminiscence therapy program that uses memories associated with Clemson football to address many of the debilitating effects of dementia.
The program uses football history, footage and memorabilia to provide a multisensory intervention for memory decline.