Merril Hoge Pumps Breaks On CTE Hysteria … Big Ben Agrees With Me!


All the hand-wringing over CTE and its link to football needs to SLOW THE HELL DOWN … so says Merril Hoge — who tells TMZ Sports he’s getting support from NFL stars like Ben Roethlisberger.

Merril — an ex-Steelers RB and former ESPN analyst — makes the argument in his new book, “Brainwashed: The Bad Science Behind CTE and the Plot to Destroy Football,” that football does NOT necessarily lead to CTE, as some reports have strongly suggested.

In fact … Merril tells us it was those articles that made him want to write the book in the first place.

“You look at a headline and all of this fear that is driven from CTE, I wanted to understand the science.”

Merril’s findings?? CTE does exist and is a problem … but he wants to know more about the condition and what causes it before pointing the finger at football. 

Hoge tells us A TON of current and former players that have read the book couldn’t agree more — including Big Ben!!

“I have not had a player that has said anything negative

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