(Image Source: Bleacher Report)

BY DAN KENNEDY
 
BY NATHAN BYRNE
 
Iconic NFL linebacker Junior Seau took his own life last year — and now a team of scientists says it may be because he was suffering from a debilitating brain disease likely caused by two decades worth of big hits. An exclusive report from ABC News explains the team’s findings.

“Seau’s brain showed visible signs of CTE -- Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. The concussion-related brain injury that sinks and hardens brain tissue like this.”

The 43-year-old left behind four children and an ex-wife last May. Seau was never officially diagnosed with a concussion but a writer for one Miami newspaper blog says many questioned whether brain injuries and concussions contributed to his death.

For hope in finding out, his family donated his brain to neuroscientists -- who were unaware it belonged to Seau. They diagnosed his brain with CTE.

One doctor tells ABC News that patients with CTE display symptoms “such as impulsivity, forgetfulness, depression, [and] sometimes suicidal ideation.”

ESPN reports CTE is a progressive disease associated with head trauma that wasn’t discovered in football players until 2005. But since then, more than 30 NFL players have been diagnosed with disease. The NFL Network names some of them...

“Here’s a list of notable players who were CTE identified following their passing. Along with Junior Seau, the cause of death for Dave Duerson and Andre Waters also listed as suicide.”

The NFL released a statement saying in part, “The finding underscores the recognized need for additional research … The NFL clubs have already committed a $30 million research grant to the National Institute of Health … We have work to do, and we’re doing it.”

“There’s no other signs that Junior was exposed to the kind of head trauma that he had in football. That’s obviously another dramatic piece for the NFL and the NFL community to deal with.”

Seau played 20 seasons with three teams, most notably for 12 years with the San Diego Chargers. As for his family, none of his children play football anymore.

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Jan 10, 2013

Junior Seau Brain Injury Findings Could Impact Football

(Image Source: Bleacher Report)

BY DAN KENNEDY
 
BY NATHAN BYRNE
 
Iconic NFL linebacker Junior Seau took his own life last year — and now a team of scientists says it may be because he was suffering from a debilitating brain disease likely caused by two decades worth of big hits. An exclusive report from ABC News explains the team’s findings.

“Seau’s brain showed visible signs of CTE -- Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. The concussion-related brain injury that sinks and hardens brain tissue like this.”

The 43-year-old left behind four children and an ex-wife last May. Seau was never officially diagnosed with a concussion but a writer for one Miami newspaper blog says many questioned whether brain injuries and concussions contributed to his death.

For hope in finding out, his family donated his brain to neuroscientists -- who were unaware it belonged to Seau. They diagnosed his brain with CTE.

One doctor tells ABC News that patients with CTE display symptoms “such as impulsivity, forgetfulness, depression, [and] sometimes suicidal ideation.”

ESPN reports CTE is a progressive disease associated with head trauma that wasn’t discovered in football players until 2005. But since then, more than 30 NFL players have been diagnosed with disease. The NFL Network names some of them...

“Here’s a list of notable players who were CTE identified following their passing. Along with Junior Seau, the cause of death for Dave Duerson and Andre Waters also listed as suicide.”

The NFL released a statement saying in part, “The finding underscores the recognized need for additional research … The NFL clubs have already committed a $30 million research grant to the National Institute of Health … We have work to do, and we’re doing it.”

“There’s no other signs that Junior was exposed to the kind of head trauma that he had in football. That’s obviously another dramatic piece for the NFL and the NFL community to deal with.”

Seau played 20 seasons with three teams, most notably for 12 years with the San Diego Chargers. As for his family, none of his children play football anymore.
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