In the days leading up to Super Bowl LII February 4th, most of the country was preparing for what is referred to as “The Big Game” and the City of Minneapolis was covered with posters that said “Welcome to The Bold North”, likely referring to the below freezing temperatures that Minnesota is famous for in the winter.
Visitors and locals alike stayed warm indoors, but the men who paved the way for the “Big Game” as we know it today were forging a different path that didn’t lead to a field or stadium, but to an office located in the Historic Medical Arts Building in Downtown Minneapolis, where former NFL players such as Mike Singletary, Carl Eller, Earl Campbell and Mike Haynes joined their fellow colleagues to attend the PPHA and Project Rose Sleep Program Health screening.
Mike Singletary, BEARS/49ers [Linebacker & Head Coach]
Earl Campbell, OILERS/SAINTS [Running Back]
Mike Haynes, PATRIOTS/RAIDERS [Cornerback]
Carl Eller, VIKINGS [Defensive End]
The freezing cold winds of the Bold North didn’t stop former NFL players from attending the 2-day NFLPA sponsored sleep apnea screening provided by Project Rose Sleep Program and Pro Player Health Alliance on February 1-2, 2018.
All screenings were performed by Dr. Mark Wilson, DDS a periodontist with over ten years of training in dental sleep, Dr. Gregory Ross DDS a Diplomate of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and otolaryngologist Dr. Inell Rosario
Upon arrival, the retired professional athletes completed screener forms that determine if they are at risk for sleep apnea, Dr. Rosario reviewed the findings and, when medically indicated, ordered home sleep tests (HST). Project Rose provided the HST devices for the players for overnight testing. All results were immediately uploaded and reviewed the following day and treatment options were provided.
Dr. Mark Wilson, DDS and Dr. Greg Ross, both sleep dentists and Diplomates of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy (ASBA), were able to take digital scans which were forwarded Gergen’s Sleep Appliance Lab in Phoenix AZ to begin fabricating instantly. David Gergen CEO of Gergens Orthodontic Lab only refers ASBA Diplomates to treat the former NFL players due to the high level of satisfactory feedback and reviews they have received from the NFLPA and former players.
Sleep dentists working in collaboration with an ENT who is board-certified in sleep, [Dr. Rosario] ensured a quick, efficient and effective service for the players that impressed participants of the event. Former NFL Linebacker Rick Graf said, “I was so happy to hear about this happening this week. I knew I needed to be tested. I snore, but I knew there was something wrong with my breathing at night too. I’m hoping this oral appliance will change my life. My former teammate, Andre Collins, made this program a reality and I’ll be forever thankful to him.”
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The ASBA will also be hosting their annual Sleep & Wellness Conference April 13-14 in Las Vegas, which will be attended by the NFL greats mentioned in this article. You can learn more about the Conference here