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A Tribute to the NFL Players Who Suffered CTE Brain Injury

Getty Images / Photo by Owen C. Shaw


Getty Images / Photo by Owen Shaw

DAVE DUERSON (1960–2011) was a four-time Pro Bowl safety for the Chicago Bears. He helped lead the 1985 Bears and their 46 defense to a Super Bowl victory. Duerson died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest in 2011. He sent a heartbreaking last text to members of his family: “PLEASE, SEE THAT MY BRAIN IS GIVEN TO THE NFL’S BRAIN BANK.” “He was looking for an answer,” his son Tregg Duerson said. “And he was hoping to be a part of an answer.” Researchers at Boston University determined that Duerson had CTE.

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