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Others react to Dave Duerson's suicide

Posted on: February 21, 2011 10:33 am
 
Dave Duerson shot himself in the chest at the age of 51 (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Here’s something I didn’t think about when I wrote Sunday about how former Bears S Dave Duerson, who committed suicide last week, probably knew he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Duerson wanted his brain donated to science, and as a result, he shot himself in the chest in order to preserve his brain (that’s what we assume, anyway, especially since he sent text messages to family members making his request about his brain).

His apparent lucidity while making this final decision is quite a contrast with what probably would have happened to his brain once CTE began to badly affect him.

Considering Duerson was involved in with NFL alumni and their postretirement health care, he was well versed with what can happen to a person afflicted with CTE.

The New York Times caught up with some former players who were horrified that Duerson’s decision seemingly was extremely calculated.

“Oh my God – he might have been aware of what was happening to himself?” former Giants running back Tiki Barber asked the paper. “(The shooting) was almost with a purpose.”

Said former 49ers OL Randy Cross: “It ought to terrify anyone that’s played the game.”

And one more.

Said former 49ers C Ben Lynch: “It’s unbelievable to me that this happened. The fact that he shot himself in chest, and not the head, it’s really eerie.”

Hopefully, something good will come out of this horrendous situation. More awareness of CTE, more priorities for NFL safety, something.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:07 am
 

Others react to Dave Duerson's suicide

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:53 am
 

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Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2011 11:46 pm
 

Others react to Dave Duerson's suicide

He should have donated his heart to science so they could find out how it kept him alive for so long since apparently he didn't have one.



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2011 11:44 pm
 

Others react to Dave Duerson's suicide

IHATEMANU

So you agree with me in calling him a coward?

My friend's father had brain cancer.  Slim prognosis but he battled it 'til t he end.  His family knew he was dying and wanted to spend as much time with him as they could.  He could have very easily ended his life with his own hands but he choose to fight it and his family was proud of how strong of a will he had.

Maybe we should just get rid of hospitals and hand out guns?



Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2011 7:03 pm
 

you have to walk in the Man s Shoes

i dont know what Dave Duerson was going thru so like the previous idiots who made
comments on how he wasnt thinking of his family,,maybe he was//  you see as cte progresses
someone will have to take care of the man. I only can guess it was not a fun thing he was dealing with.

May God Bless him and prayers are with his family may they understand




Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Others react to Dave Duerson's suicide

 "Way to take your own life and have your family and close friends suffer that agonizing pain you put them through."

Great! Another stupid person. Listen carefully idiot, what about the pain and suffering that the actual person is going through? Is that not important? And exactly what "agonizing pain" are you referring to?

Whether that person should be considered a hero or not depends on the circumstances and is not as straight forward as you think.
Let me give you an example to ponder with; What about a person who has to relay on others for basic needs and to get through life i.e. he cannot feed himself, bathe himself, practically cannot do anything himself, than does his family/friends suffer more when he is living or afterwards?



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2011 1:05 pm
 

Others react to Dave Duerson's suicide

Oh yea real class act!  Way to take your own life and have your family and close friends suffer that agonizing pain you put them through.  A person who takes his or her own life in suicide should never be looked upon as a "hero".


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