Deceased NFL Star Junior Seau's Brain Tissue Released for Study
San Diego, CA
The question of whether NFL star linebacker Junior Seau's brain suffered damage playing football will soon be answered.
This after the San Diego County medical examiner released brain tissue from the deceased NFL star to the National Institutes of Health for study to determine whether his brain sustained damage from his football career.
"We have no information about the type of study that will be done," medical examiner's spokeswoman Sarah Gordon said.
Seau, 43, died May 2 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest. He was found by his live-in girlfriend in their Oceanside home. He did not leave a suicide note.
Seau's family allowed the player's brain to be studied to help other individuals down the road.
Seau's death was similar to that of former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest last year.
In a suicide note, Duerson had asked his family to donate his brain to the Boston University School of Medicine. Later, it was determined Duerson suffered from a neurodegenerative disease linked to concussions, and that played a role in triggering his depression.
Seau was taken as the fifth overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, where he starred for 13 years before he was traded to the Miami Dolphins.
He played for three years for the Miami Dolphins before playing his final four years in the NFL with the New England Patriots. He was a 10-time All-Pro, 12-time Pro Bowl selection, and named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.
Seau retired from pro football in 2010 and he was later inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame and the team retired his number 55.
In his career, Seau racked up 1,849 tackles and 56.5 sacks in 268 games.
- Tyvon Branch Signs Four-Year Deal with Raiders
- Saints Make Brees Highest-Paid NFL Player with $100 Million Contract
- Deceased NFL Star Junior Seau's Brain Tissue Released for Study
- Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Explains Video Appearance
- Toomer Picks Romo Over Ex-Teammate Manning
- Ochocinco Claims He Can Play Six More Years
- Donovan McNabb Expects to Return for NFL 2012 Season
- Cowboys Stoke Eagles Rivalry with Controversial Tweet to Michael Vick
- Falcons Quarterback Matt Ryan Beefs Up for Upcoming Season
- Browns Not Likely to Trade for Disgruntled Wideout Percy Harvin
- LaDainian Tomlinson to Retire as Charger
- Broncos Linebacker Tweets Team's Defensive Formation
- Ravens Linebacker Suggs Injured Achilles Playing Hoops
- Giants Give Coach Tom Coughlin Contract Extension through 2014
- Tebow to Attend Sanchez's Private Training Camp
- NFL to Hire Replacement Referees while CBA Talks Continue
- Legend Jim Brown Stands by Comment on Trent Richardson
- Giants and DE Osi Umenyiora Agree to a Restructured Contract
- Giants Wideout Hakeem Nicks Confident He'll Play in Opener
- Giants Teammates Empathize with Osi Umenyiora Holdout
- Embattled Pro Bowl Returns to Hawaii for 33rd Time
- Dolphins Replace Rivals Jets on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'
- Colts Set Sights on Cowboys Cornerback Mike Jenkins
- Cam Newton Leads Panthers by Example
- Brian Urlacher May Test Free-Agent Waters
- Jets QB Mark Sanchez Praised for Sharp Throws in Workouts
- NFL Players Union Files Federal Lawsuit Against League
- Senior Punished For 'Tebowing' on Stage During Graduation
- Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Sees Title Window Closing
- Buccaneers Reportedly Look to Trade Tight End Winslow
- Repeating as Champs will be 'Giant' Challenge
- Our Ruinous Game
- Ohio State Linebacker Andrew Sweat Picks Law Over NFL and Concussions
- Saints QB Drew Brees Frustrated by Contract Talks
- Jets Coaches Continue to Praise Tebow
- Patriots Wideout Wes Welker Likely to Attend Minicamp
- Brandon Weeden Improves During Cleveland Browns Rookie Camp
- Patriots Wideout Ochocinco Expresses Support For Goodell
- Ex-NFL Linebacker Junior Seau Remembered By 20,000 Fans
- New 49ers Wideout Randy Moss Wows Onlookers
- Jets Coordinator Sparano Fan of Improved Tim Tebow
- Ravens Linebacker Terrell Suggs Suffers Torn Achilles
- Ex-NFL Star Linebacker Junior Seau Dead at 43
- Four Saints Players Banned in Bounty Probe
- Giants Want to Retain Osi Umenyiora
- QB Shuffle? With Weeden Pick, Browns Could Deal McCoy
- Trades and Surprise Picks Abound Through NFL Draft
- Browns Trade Up to 3, Select Richardson; Luck-Griffin Go 1-2
- NFL Getting Close to Wrapping Up Saints Bounty Probe
- Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III Lock for Top Two Picks in NFL Draft
- Mike Mayock's 2012 NFL Draft Preview
- 2012 NFL Schedule Announced
- 2012 NFL Week-by-Week Weekly Schedule
- 2012 NFL Team Schedules
- Peyton Manning, Broncos Get New Era Started
- Bountygate: Gregg Williams Suspended Indefinitely; Sean Payton Out For Year
- Niners and Alex Smith Reunite After Peyton Pursuit
- Peyton Manning Finds New Home with Broncos
- Seahawks Sign Matt Flynn to Multi-Year Contract
- NFL 2012 Free Agent Signings and Trades Update
- Manning Reportedly Leaning Toward Denver and Arizona
- NFL Sets Salary Cap at $120.6 Million
- NFL Discloses 'Bounty Rule' Findings
- Tim Tebow Works on Passing Game with Quarterback Guru
- Giants Receiver Victor Cruz to Team: 'Throw Me The Money'
- Jets Wideout Santonio Holmes to Return for 2012 Season
- Top 10 Cities With the Most Sports Championships
- Tim Tebow: Public Faith vs Private Faith
Copyright © 2012 AHN. All rights reserved