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  •  I read something chilling... (7+ / 0-)

    in the USA Today story on Seau.

    One year ago Wednesday, on May 2, researchers at Boston University issued a report on the autopsy of [former NFL star] Dave Duerson, who had shot himself months before.

    Duerson, a former defensive back, had brain damage common to chronic head trauma, they said, citing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which had also been found in more than 20 other deceased players.

    In his last note to his family, Duerson had asked his brain be sent to researchers. He wanted the world to know what had enveloped him.

    You look at last May 2, and you look at this one, and you can't help but notice the similarities.

    Late in his life, Duerson pleaded guilty to domestic battery...

    Duerson shot himself in the chest, an act which preserved his brain for study.

    Police say Seau apparently shot himself in the chest as well.


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