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Retired Denver Bronco Donating Brain to Science

7/22/2011 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former Denver Broncos all-star Larry Kaminski -- one of 75 NFL vets suing the league for allegedly covering up info about the effects of concussions -- is donating his brain to a medical research program in Boston ... a family member tells TMZ.

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Kaminski -- who was the starting center for the Broncos from 1966 to 1973 -- suffers from severe depression ... which doctors say was caused by concussions Larry sustained during his career.

Now, we're told 66-year-old Larry has pledged to donate his brain to the Boston University School of Medicine Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy ... in the hopes of helping future football players learn about the long term affects of concussions.

Larry will join a long line of NFL greats who have pledged to donate their brains to the B.U. program -- including Zach Thomas, Mike Haynes and Kyle Turley

As for the lawsuit, TMZ broke the story ... Kaminski and his fellow plaintiffs believe the NFL intentionally concealed information about the effects of game-related concussions for 90 years.



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Cartman    

He's just depressed because he played back in the day before they paid NFL players millions and millions.

1103 days ago
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meg    

This is such a big DUHHH! You don't have to be a surgeon to know that boxing and football are going to leave you with concussions. Playing dumb does not make for guilt on the NFL's part.

1103 days ago
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Ace    

You didn't mention in your article if they where donating their brains now or sometime later?

1103 days ago
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Bob    

"He's just depressed because he played back in the day before they paid NFL players millions and millions."

Nope. Research has shown that people who suffer from more than 3 concussions are much more likely to develop a long list of psychiatric and neurological disorders, including depression.

1103 days ago
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icantbelieveitsnotbutter    

another bs lawsuit. Like they did not know the playing football and hitting players head on would cause it. Just utter BS. A way to make money.

1103 days ago
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Bob    

"another bs lawsuit. Like they did not know the playing football and hitting players head on would cause it. Just utter BS. A way to make money."

They have a case because the NFL funded research which claimed there was no long term effect.

1103 days ago
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mildly insane    

meg 4 hours ago

This is such a big DUHHH! You don't have to be a surgeon to know that boxing and football are going to leave you with concussions. Playing dumb does not make for guilt on the NFL's part.
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Its not if getting hit in the head is harmful
or not it's did the nfl hide the results of studies of multiple head injuries over a long period of time no one thought that smashing your head was healthy but if the nfl hid studies that
showed that it could cause long term problems they have a problem.

1103 days ago
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Sammie    

Is this the stupidest thing anyone has heard or what? Who doesn't know football is a contact sport and there will be injuries? And how stupid would you have to be to not know concussions can be bad? it's why every housewife in America hates it when their kid goes out for sports. Fact is these guys want to play, get rich, be able to do whatever they want, it's a free road to stardom. If you're worried about your head, don't play football.

1103 days ago
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Hvacow1    

I have all the respect for these older guys. They paved the way for the players of today. The NFL should pay up. If it wasnt for these guys the NFL wouldnt be what it is today. The NFL should at least step up and provide these guys with the medical coverage and costs that go along with the sacrifices they did to make the NFL Billions of dollars. Yes Football is a contact sport, but the NFL hid information from these guys and said everything would be ok. I think this is going to be huge!

1103 days ago
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Boof    

It would be nice to see the lazy people on here still make these comments after possibly suiting up and playing. I think everyone would sing a different tune if they had to go through what he did to play this sport, especially when there wasn't so much advancement in equipment and gear like there is nowadays.

I have nothing but respect for these guys, plus, if it wasn't for these guys to pave the way for this sport I wouldn't have anything else to do on Sundays!
THANKS!!!!!

1103 days ago
11.

Lyss    

This is an awesome article! Larry Kaminski is a remarkable person to be donating his brain for research! The NFL should have to admit their mistakes and pay all 75 guys what they deserve! They made the NFL tons of money and now the NFL needs to do something for them.

1103 days ago
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Lucy Mouse Head    

That's like saying you didn't know that smoking cigarettes can give you cancer. What??Concussions are bad for you? Well, that's just great.Who knew? If I would have known that, I would have sold insurance or something.

If it's that bad, then ban the sport. Or dress em all up like staypuff marshmallows.These guys know the risks and they reap the rewards for taking those risks. The women,the money, the adulation and fame...and if you're one of those guys that played and didn't get paid much back in the day,then I guess you were never a friggin Mensa candidate anyhow.

While these entitled athletes from the 60's who are now crying were PLAYING A GAME FOR MONEY, there were lot more guys who didn't get deferments,who weren't getting drunk and laid in college because they were jocks. No, they ended up in the Ia Drang valley or Khe San.Many never came back or wewre changed forever when they did. My sympathies are with those MEN.

1103 days ago
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Hvacow1    

Lucy Mouse, No players back then made a ton of money like today. The issue is that the NFL paid for reseach about the head trama and kept the research quiet to the players. Most of the old players had to have 2 jobs to pay for there family. I agree that the war vets were treated unfair as well. But this is a business and a business should stand by there employees. These guys beat themselves up for our entertainment, and to pay there bills. They should least be able to get compensated for it, to cover there medical cost. Many of the old players have passed away due to the complications of old football accidents already.

1103 days ago
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stu    

bet they would have continued to play regardless if they knew.

1103 days ago
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Stacie    

It saddens me to see people jumping to negative conclusions about these old-timers. "( Back when these guys were playing ball in the 70s, they didn't make the enormously inflated salaries of today's players, and really, these guys were the guinea pigs for the NFL. Years ago, I had a friend whose father was an old pro player in the early 70s. It was shocking and appalling to hear his stories about some of the things that happened in the locker room and what they were told about the impacts of playing and how "safe" their equipment and methods were. So yes, I absolutely believe it's possible the NFL withheld information from these guys about the effects of multiple concussions. I don't think these guys are looking for a free hand-out, their just asking their organization to stand up and help them get the disability they need to pay their medical bills for issues caused from playing their sport.

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