Junior Seau, one of the NFL’s best and fiercest players for nearly two decades, had a degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last May, the National Institutes of Health told The Associated Press on Thursday.
It makes us feel better when we can determine direct causes, identify means of prevention of similar acts, or categorize those involved as somehow different, distant or foreign.
The autopsy showed no underlying hemorrhaging or contusions on Seau’s brain, which appeared to be normal. His family has donated some of his brain tissue for research amid questions about whether any damage from his 20-year football career played some factor in his suicide.
New Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall wrote a piece for the Chicago Sun-Times detailing his reaction to the suicide of former NFL great Junior Seau.
Yeah, I said it. I saw The Empire Strikes Back as a kid and thought, “What the hell is this crap?” Though the Colt-45 guy’s clothes were pretty pimp.
When the news of Junior Seau’s tragic death by apparent suicide broke on Wednesday afternoon, the tweets about the potential perils of playing pigskin started flowing soon after.
Check out the video of Seau breaking his arm against the Bears during a regular season game in 2006.
As Matt Bowen explains, once a player retires from the NFL, the adjustment back to a normal lifestyle can be quite difficult.
Former San Diego Chargers star Junior Seau was found dead at his Oceanside, Ca. home Wednesday.