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08:08 AM ET 05.04 | Junior Seau's death brings to the surface renewed discussion. [It] also sparked a race for the former San Diego Chargers linebacker's brain. Two research groups -- the Brain Injury Research Institute and Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy -- made bids to persuade Seau's family to donate his brain to them within 24 hours after the Pro Bowl linebacker's death. It sounds ghoulish for scientists to vie for a beloved athlete's brain so soon after his death, but the researchers needed to let the Seau family know of their interest before it makes arrangements for his remains. ... [The] Seau family told BIRI it would donate Junior's brain to the Boston researchers.

New York Daily News

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May 4, 2012  08:11 AM ET

Hopefully something will be learned that will help out athletes in the future and shape the way brain injuries need to be treated.

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May 4, 2012  08:31 AM ET

Unfortunately, the second hospital sent a one word email to the Seau family merely saying 'BRRAAAAIIINNSSSS' and were immediately removed from consideration.

May 4, 2012  08:32 AM ET

Agreed. I give Roger Goodell credit because the culture change needed has been a swift kick to the you know what. The players, fans, and well lets face it the majority in the NFL may not like what he is doing especially in the Saints bounty scandal but very necessary.

May 4, 2012  08:43 AM ET
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Agreed. I give Roger Goodell credit because the culture change needed has been a swift kick to the you know what. The players, fans, and well lets face it the majority in the NFL may not like what he is doing especially in the Saints bounty scandal but very necessary.

Completely agree. They are starting to take brain injuries seriously, which is very new to football and while catching a lot of flack for it, it seems that Goodell is standing his ground.

Saints were paying teammates to cause injuries that lead to what we are seeing now. If the union backs the Saint players about the suspensions, they can never complain about injuries or not taking care of players who are hurt later in life, ever.

By doing that, what the union will be saying is "We care more about the players causing injuries and will defend them than we do about the players they are trying to cripple."

May 4, 2012  08:46 AM ET

It's a good thing Seau wasn't a politician. Politicians, as we all know, have no brains.

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May 4, 2012  08:57 AM ET

They want to study his brains? They might first realize that a severe contact sport like football will usually cause this type of brain mush. Leading tackles with your head leaves consequences. After exhaustive studies they will conclude that it is probably safer to take up another professional sport. Football is an occupational hazzard and always will be. Deal with it. Also not mentioned are these players who may have their own personal issues and are unable to adjust to a regular life afterwards.

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May 4, 2012  09:39 AM ET
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this is the most asinine comment Ive ever heard...you sound completely ignorant to the real aspects of football....Its obvious that you have never played the game....." no one should be punished for the spoken word".....we are getting to the point where a coach cant fire up his players or say " kill the QB"....they are just words....and any REAL fotball player knows that.....There is no evidence that any injury has ever come from an illegal hit that was paid for.....so what r u talking about?....do you even know?

No, he doesn't

May 4, 2012  09:41 AM ET

I always liked Saeu, great football player and an all around good guy. So what's this whole brain injury thing going to come down to? If Goodell has anything to do with it it'll be changed to the NFFL. (National Flag Football League) Option B, maybe forced retirement. 4000 plays and your out of here. Of course we'll have to take the draft back up to twelve rounds again. Players might want to think about getting their law degree. That's where the money will all go anyway.

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May 4, 2012  09:54 AM ET
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this is the most asinine comment Ive ever heard...you sound completely ignorant to the real aspects of football....Its obvious that you have never played the game....." no one should be punished for the spoken word".....we are getting to the point where a coach cant fire up his players or say " kill the QB"....they are just words....and any REAL fotball player knows that.....There is no evidence that any injury has ever come from an illegal hit that was paid for.....so what r u talking about?....do you even know?

Oh Bone, you so funny. I guess you are pro-bounty, right?

The day won't come when I need to take lessons from you about football, or anything in life in general.

May 4, 2012  10:02 AM ET
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Unfortunately, the second hospital sent a one word email to the Seau family merely saying 'BRRAAAAIIINNSSSS' and were immediately removed from consideration.

I laughed...

May 4, 2012  10:38 AM ET

Ghoulish? No, think of it like an organ donation. The sooner the brain can be prepared for study, the better. It starts to deteriorate rather quickly.

Even though there was no note, I'm convinced that Junior Seau was following the example of Dave Duerson, whose suicide note indicated that he shot himself in the chest rather than the head because he wanted his brain studied.

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May 4, 2012  11:33 AM ET
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They want to study his brains? They might first realize that a severe contact sport like football will usually cause this type of brain mush. Leading tackles with your head leaves consequences. After exhaustive studies they will conclude that it is probably safer to take up another professional sport. Football is an occupational hazzard and always will be. Deal with it. Also not mentioned are these players who may have their own personal issues and are unable to adjust to a regular life afterwards.

Thanks for the insights.
Now those fancy brain doctors in that high-faluttin' research institute can begin their work now that you have provided them with the necessary background info.
Where would medical research be without FN posters?

 
May 4, 2012  12:08 PM ET
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Thanks for the insights.Now those fancy brain doctors in that high-faluttin' research institute can begin their work now that you have provided them with the necessary background info.Where would medical research be without FN posters?

Where would they be? Right back where they started from, after quickly coming to the conclusion that football players have no one but themselves to blame for taking up the sport to begin with. Somewhere along the line personal accountabilty has to take place. It is bad comedy at best that these doctors are expected to come up with a viable solution to reduce the damaging effects of players repeatedly banging their heads up against a wall. I guess "stop playing football" isn't plain enough advice.

Seeing how Football is such a beloved sport by so many however these few examples of casualities well fall into acceptable limits. The overall collateral damage of these players cannot be avoided, nor should it ever be expected to

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