Comedy Central: NFL’s PR Video of Dr. Joseph Maroon Conducting the Perfect Neurological Exam

The National Football League’s new PR website,, has a video demonstrating how Dr. Joseph Maroon, team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers, might examine a player who has been concussed. The clip, which Maroon describes as a kind of “two-minute drill” showing how a trained professional can check out a player “efficiently and expeditiously,” is unintentionally comical.


The obvious flaw here is that the person Maroon is examining passes all his markers perfectly. Is the NFL representing this as a typical outcome?

A companion piece might be a skit with the cast of Saturday Night Live reenacting the anecdote about the player who, the coach is told, doesn’t know his name. “Well, tell him his name and get him back out there!” the coach says.


Irv Muchnick

1 Response to “Comedy Central: NFL’s PR Video of Dr. Joseph Maroon Conducting the Perfect Neurological Exam”

  1. 1 Joe Bloggs June 20, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Hey, Joe did not even recommend ImPact. He just gave a coaching lesson on how to answer his 2 minute screen – great idea. You could have let ATCs and the front office do their normal job and coach players. Joe is cutting those educators out.

    I am sure in the side conversation he let’s them know his magic neutraceuticals (reverstrol, omega-3 etc.) supplemented by fountain of youth drugs, that is, testosterone, HGH, and steriods and a touch of a stimulant we make everything better (Oh, sorry the protocol of substances Joe pushes are banned unless used to mitigate aging, I guess).

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