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-- NFL linebacker junior say Al had a degenerative brain disease when he killed himself last year.
A condition that's usually the result of repeated head trauma.
Brain damage that's according to the National Institutes of Health which studied -- -- brain after his death.
Say outplayed in the NFL for twenty seasons he was known as one of the fiercest competitors ever to take the field.
But got a guy was involved in every play.
But all that action apparently took -- told.
He reportedly suffered a number of concussions which led the mood swings insomnia forgetfulness and depression.
Last may police say -- say -- shot himself in his chest.
A move many saw as an attempt to preserve his own brain so that scientists might one day help those with the same condition.
Figure out what was wrong and there.
The -- reports chief correspondent Jonathan Hunt is -- still too early to say whether this brain damage is related exactly but their look at.
Yet they did the doctors tell us that they might never be able to provide.
A definitive link between the sort of brain damage that Judy -- have suffered apparently as a result.
Of his NFL Korea and his ultimate suicide but we spoke to one of the doctors who actually coordinated.
This particular study all of his brain and the heat clearly seems to believe that it may have had a role with -- We do know that some of these -- cognitive and neural behavioral patterns.
Have been reported in individuals.
That have had this disorder diagnosed.
After they passed away.
Including suicidal -- -- issued impulsive -- -- aggression memory loss.
Sanders finally has always said that he suffered these wild mood swings and intense.
Bags of depression now they say as a result of this -- They feel they know why what what's the reaction from the NFL and the players association while both issued statements today ship and everybody -- all in this issue is acknowledging that more needs to be done.
The NFL said for its part as part of -- statement that quote.
It is committed to supporting a wide range of independent.
Medical and scientific research that will both address CTE the kind of brain damage say has suffered.
I -- promote the long term health and safety of athletes at all levels we have work to do they said.
And we're doing it the players association for it -- -- -- said quote the only way we can improve the safety of players.
Restore the confidence some off fans and so secure the future of -- Is to insist on the same quality of medical -- Informed consent and ethical standards.
-- we expect for ourselves and for our family members now the players association.
Is working with the NFL to put something like a hundred million dollars.
Into researching these kind.
All the injuries some changes are coming changes have been made all of that though calls cold comfort for the family of -- this -- moves out Jonathan Hunt thank you.
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