Rise and shine Hawk fans, the regular season begins at Mile High Stadium this Sunday when our Seattle Seahawks face the Denver Broncos at 1:25, making today the first official Blue Friday of the 2018-'19 season. If you're tuning in to a professional or collegiate game this weekend, consider the fact that players on both sides of the line are risking their brains to play a game so many of us love. When reflecting on how 110 of the 111 football players who were autopsied had Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (or "CTE" for short), the likelihood that every player who has ever played the game has suffered, or will suffer, from the degenerative brain disease, it's hard to view the game the same. The league had been able to keep that secret until Dr. Bennett Omalu exposed the truth, a reality most fans would rather not face. The truth is, with every hit, every collision, every fall, every tackle, the players are putting their brains, of which we all only get one, at risk. It's time as fans we shifted our focus to the Athletes, and away from a game, and organization, who has exploited it's employees while concealing the dangerous effects of the game they love to play. Quality of life for the players matters; and, it's one to consider as you're watching the game this weekend, this season, this year -- forever. Repeated hits to the head causes brain damage; thus, our enjoyment of the game comes at great expense to the athletes we respect and admire. It's time we stopped taking that so lightly.