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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:34 PM

Doctors: Junior Seau's brain had CTE

SAN DIEGO -- Junior Seau, who committed suicide in May, two years after retiring as one of the premier linebackers in NFL history, suffered from the type of chronic brain damage that also has been found in dozens of deceased former players, five brain specialists consulted by the National Institutes of Health concluded.

Seau's ex-wife, Gina, and his oldest son, Tyler, 23, told ABC News and ESPN in an exclusive interview they were informed last week that Seau's brain had tested positive for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease that can lead to dementia, memory loss and depression.

"I think it's important for everyone to know that Junior did indeed suffer from CTE," Gina Seau said. "It's important that we take steps to help these players. We certainly don't want to see anything like this happen again to any of our athletes."

She said the family was told that Seau's disease resulted from "a lot of head-to-head collisions over the course of 20 years of playing in the NFL. And that it gradually, you know, developed the deterioration of his brain and his ability to think logically."


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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:52 PM

1. Enjoy football while you can.

This stuff will kill football as we knew it. And I think it should.

That's why I like baseball better.

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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 11:21 PM

2. It's part of the deal.


Everyone knows the risks. You want to make a ton of money, be a gladiator for the adulation of the crowds? You might have these consequences or you might not.

Ron Jaworski had over 100 concussions and he's fine, some guys get one or two and are screwed.

It's up to the individual whether or not they want to risk it.

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