Junior Seau's brain to be donated for research

junior-seau-getty.jpgFormer All-Pro linebacker Junior Seau's brain will be donated to science, this according to the New York Times.

The San Diego Chargers team chaplain Shawn Mitchell tells the publication, "Junior was philanthropic...And he got that from his mom and dad. Their hope is that it can serve athletes down the road."

The 43-year-old Seau was found dead on Wednesday (May 2) at his Oceanside, Ca. home. The San Diego County medical examiner ruled that Seau died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

While it is uncertain where Seau's brain will be studied, the brains of 19 past N.F.L. players have been researched at Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. Of those 19, 18 were found to have C.T.E., a degenerative brain condition. 

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