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Junior Seau

NFL Star Had Brain Disease

from Hits to Head

1/10/2013 5:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


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Junior Seau was living with a degenerative brain disease caused by the brutal shots to the head he took during his NFL career, this according to a new study ... and Seau's family believes the condition drove him to suicide.

The National Institutes of Health released the findings of the study scientists did on Seau's brain after he shot himself in the chest last year ... and concluded Junior suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease typically caused by multiple hits to the head.

Dr. Russell Lonser -- who led the study of Seau's brain -- told ABC News patients with CTE display symptoms "such as impulsivity, forgetfulness, depression, [and] sometimes suicidal ideation."

Several Seau family members are speaking out about the findings of the study -- Junior's ex-wife told ABC News, "He was a warrior and he loved the game ... but I know that he didn't love the end of his life."

When Junior's 23-year-old son Tyler was asked if his father's career was "worth it" -- he replied, "It's not worth it for me to not have a dad ... so to me, it's not worth it."

FYI -- Junior played 20 years in the NFL.
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Nvts    

So now the money hungry family is going to sue the NFL...just watch!!

653 days ago
2.

jason    

RIP big man...you will never be forgotten..

653 days ago
3.

KayBelle    

Who even asked his son that? What a douchey question if it was you guys TMZ. Reat in peace junior

653 days ago
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taffy84    

That was a messed up question to ask the kid. So would u rather have the money an all this superficial crap or your dad back. Hmmmmm that's a hard one

653 days ago
5.

Brown Fruit Loop    

Rip

653 days ago
6.

alex    

tragic event and science shows what we sort of intuitively knew... you can't thump your brain endlessly and have it remain healthy. RIP

653 days ago
7.

Boogie Onerism    

What is up with that picture

653 days ago
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brendita    

@Nvts I dont think thats gonna happen, I know part of his family and theybare humble Samoan people, they donate the brain for studies so we can have more information about the consequences of playing the sport or the permanent damage that players are expose....a-hole

653 days ago
9.

EasilyHard    

His dad was injured on the job.

653 days ago
10.

HRH Prince Michael    

Again: Roger Goodell and ALL his greedy, Corporate/"Media" shills:
Notice, is SERVED.


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653 days ago
11.

Lo From Wisco    

Why would ANYBODY ask his kid that? Totally disrespectful. Rest in Peace.

653 days ago
12.

Obamais still aracist    

the murderer is dead ban football

653 days ago
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maryl    

Thank you to the family for allowing research to be done to see why he took his life.

It's truly not about the money but about bringing the issue to light which the NFL tries to avoid talking about and has not fully addressed.

Yes Football players take the risk everyday in this sport (just like any contact sport) but it's all about what needs to be done AFTER they retire which needs to be addressed.

If he got the attention he needed after he retired, he may be around today and not another statistic.

The NFL should have stepped up long time ago on these issues..rather than watch people die to finally "speak up".

RIP#55- Gone too soon...

653 days ago
14.

DaveT    

There are suicides all over the country every day, 99% of those people never played football.
Very sad situation but the math doesn't add up to the NFL being at fault. Maybe, but doubtful.

653 days ago
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maryl    

you are right DaveT, no one should fully blame the NFL, as the person taking the actions should know all the pros and cons, as all players do.

I think the NFL (as well as the owners of the teams) should have just made more emphasis on the players from when they start to the time they retire. I mean millions are funneled through the NFL and if they want to continue to keep the sport going in a positive direction, they will need to address matters like this sooner rather than later.

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