Boston University Looking To Study Junior Seau’s Brain
NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported yesterday on ESPN that Junior Seau was never listed on an injury report with a concussion. However, those close to the Seau say he absolutely sustained concussions during his 19-year career.
“Of course he had. He always bounced back and kept on playing,” ex-wife Gina Seau said in a phone interview. “He’s a warrior. That didn’t stop him. I don’t know what football player hasn’t. It’s not ballet. It’s part of the game.”
Seau passed away May 2, 2012 after he shot himself in the chest. His death is being investigated as a suicide. Evidence points to a suicide and the believed reasoning behind Seau shooting himself in the chest was so people could study his brain similar to the Dave Duerson incident. Duerson, an ex-NFL player who suffered concussions, passed away last year from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. He left a note explaining his wishes to have his brain studied.
Boston University has already come forward and stated they would like to study Seau’s brain. BU’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy are the same people that studied Duerson’s brain. BU came to the conclusion that Duerson suffered from degenerative disease of the brain from his multiple concussions. This disease occurs when the head is repeatedly traumatized and is known to lead to depression.
Marcellus Wiley, Seau’s former teammate on the San Diego Chargers, appeared on ESPN teary-eyed to explain how tough Seau was and how he never wanted people to see him in pain. Wiley went on to say how he wished Seau would have come to somebody instead of keeping everything bottled up.
Seau brought joy to the fans of the NFL for almost two decades and his work within the community, more specifically the Junior Seau Foundation, has served many people. Seau recorded 1,524 tackles, 56.5 sacks, 18 interceptions, 11 forced fumbles, 18 fumble recoveries and 23 pass deflections in his career. He will go down as one of the greatest athletes in San Diego sports history.