What is chronic traumatic encephalopathy?

POSTED: 04:48 PM PDT May 06, 2012    UPDATED: 01:21 PM PST Nov 25, 2015 

With Frank Gifford's family saying the football commentator and NFL great suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy before his August death, find out more about the progressive brain disease.

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NFL great Junior Seau's suicide at age 43 in May 2012 prompted discussions about brain trauma. Studies after his death by the National Institutes of Health concluded that Seau had suffered from CTE.


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