What is chronic traumatic encephalopathy?

POSTED: 04:48 PM PDT May 06, 2012    UPDATED: 06:12 AM PDT Oct 02, 2014 

An autopsy performed one year after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his 22-year-old girlfriend and killed himself found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Find out more about chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the disease several former NFL pros claim they are now suffering from due to hits on the field.

Junior Seau headshot
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There is no proof that Seau suffered from CTE, but reports say that he had acted erratically in recent years, 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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