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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Reports say that Seau had acted erratically in the years before his death, getting arrested and driving an SUV off a 100-foot cliff. According to CNN, he'd told a friend he was worried about football-related brain damage.


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