What is chronic traumatic encephalopathy?

POSTED: 04:48 PM PDT May 06, 2012    UPDATED: 12:43 PM PDT Apr 27, 2016 

Here is an explainer about CTE -- the progressive brain disease that is at the center of a debate between retired athletes and multiple sports leagues.

John Mackey
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John Mackey, one of NFL football's great tight ends, died in 2011 of frontotemporal dementia, a syndrome similar to CTE that involves degeneration of the brain.

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