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The brain of former NFL star Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year, showed signs of the kind of neurodegenerative disease associated with repetitive head trauma.
January 31, 2013 You're watching the Super Bowl, and on the screen flashes a number to text a $10 donation for brain research. This hasn't happened yet, but as the big event nears, commentator Barbara J. King asks how should we react to the Super Bowl in light of the link between repetitive brain injuries and degenerative brain disease.
Junior Seau, seen here playing for the New England Patriots toward the end of his career, suffered from a degenerative brain disease, scientists say.
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January 23, 2013 The NFL linebacker committed suicide last year and a study of his brain found he suffered chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease associated with receptive injuries to the head.
January 10, 2013 Junior Seau, the former NFL linebacker whose suicide last May at age 43 shocked fans and former teammates, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease associated with repetitive head injuries, according to research by the National Institutes of Health.
Junior Seau in 2008, when he played for the New England Patriots.
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May 4, 2012 Research could determine whether he suffered from brain disease. At least two other former players who also committed suicide recently had that problem and it's thought that injuries suffered during their careers caused the diseases.
Junior Seau in 2009, when he played with the New England Patriots.
May 3, 2012 The former NFL star reportedly shot himself in the chest Wednesday in California. While he did not leave a note, the medical examiner's report confirms what had been suspected.
Linebacker Junior Seau of the San Diego Chargers during Super Bowl XXIX against the San Francisco 49ers; Jan. 29, 1995.
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May 3, 2012 The death of the former San Diego linebacker means eight members of the team that went to the Super Bowl in 1994 have now died — all before age 45.
Junior Seau in 2002, when he was with the San Diego Chargers.
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May 3, 2012 Police believe the retired NFL linebacker shot himself Wednesday. But they haven't found a note. Seau did, however, send messages to some family members the day before saying "I love you."
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May 2, 2012 He was a star linebacker with the San Diego Chargers, and also played with the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. Reports from California say he may have shot himself.
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