Hall of Fame runningback Tony Dorsett and multiple other former NFL players have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a debilitating brain disease and a result of numerous concussions.  


Dorsett spoke with ESPN's "Outside the Lines" about his condition. He says he's struggled with depression, memory loss and anger issues since retiring from the NFL. 



"I'm too smart of a person, I like to think, to take my life. But, it's crossed my mind." (FLASH) I get frustrated. I look at myself ... You're not Anthony, Tony Dorsett. You're not him anymore. Who are you?"


According to Boston University, CTE is a brain disease, "...found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including symptomatic concussions ... CTE has been known to affect boxers since the 1920s. However, recent reports have been published of neuropathologically confirmed CTE in retired professional football players and other athletes … "


"There's no cure for the brain disease. Dorsett is trying a vitamin and nutrition program, hoping to slow it down and hopefully reverse some of the damage."


Researchers at UCLA diagnosed Dorsey with the disease -- one of the first times it's been discovered in a living player's brain. Evidence of the disease has been found in other, deceased NFL players brains, many who've taken their own lives. 


Sadly, dozens of former NFL players have reportedly committed suicide -- 


-- and researchers believe the brain disease CTE was a contributing factor. 


That, among other reasons, is why the 4,500 players and their families sued the NFL. They allege the league withheld information about the dangers of concussions. The NFL agreed to a $765 million settlement. 


CTE has no cure, but doctors say this recent study is a extremely helpful in treating it. Dorsett played for Dallas Cowboys for 10 years and the Denver Broncos for a season before retiring. 


NFL Legend Tony Dorsett Has Concussion-Related Brain Disease

by Matt Moreno
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Nov 7, 2013

NFL Legend Tony Dorsett Has Concussion-Related Brain Disease

(Image source: Flickr / John Liu)

BY Matt Moreno

(Image source: Flickr / John Liu)


Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett and multiple other former NFL players have been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a debilitating brain disease that can be caused by repeated concussions.


Dorsett spoke with ESPN's "Outside the Lines" about his condition. He says he's struggled with depression, memory loss and anger issues since retiring from the NFL. 


"I'm too smart of a person, I like to think, to take my life. But it's crossed my mind. ... I get frustrated. I look at myself. ... 'You're not Anthony, Tony Dorsett. You're not him anymore. Who are you?'"


According to Boston University, CTE is a brain disease "found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain trauma. ... CTE has been known to affect boxers since the 1920s. However, recent reports have been published of ... CTE in retired professional football players and other athletes."


"There's no cure for the brain disease. Dorsett is trying a vitamin and nutrition program, hoping to slow it down and hopefully reverse some of the damage." (Via KTVT


Researchers at UCLA diagnosed Dorsett with the disease — one of the first times it's been discovered in a living player's brain. Evidence of the disease has been found in deceased NFL players' brains.


Sadly, dozens of those deceased NFL players took their own lives, and many researchers believe CTE was a contributing factor. (Via CNN, ABC)


That, among other reasons, is why 4,500 players and their families sued the NFL, alleging the league withheld information about the dangers of concussions. The NFL agreed to a $765 million settlement earlier this year. (Via The New York Times


Although there's no cure for CTE, researchers say the ability to see the disease in living athletes could help doctors better understand and treat it. Dorsett played for the Dallas Cowboys for 10 years and the Denver Broncos for a season before retiring. 

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