RE: Fixing a Broken Play

by Corey Dean Hall

Neil, another player from that Bears team that won’t be there to meet the president might be the loudest voice of all for the dangers of repeated head trauma and the NFL: Dave Duerson

The suicide of the former Chicago Bears star Dave Duerson became more alarming Monday, when Boston University researchers announced that his brain had developed the same trauma-induced disease recently found in more than 20 deceased players.

The diagnosis adds a new and perhaps pivotal chapter to football’s still-unfolding narrative surrounding concussions. Duerson shot himself Feb. 17 in the chest rather than the head, presumably so that his brain could be examined by Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, which announced its diagnosis.

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