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Posted on: February 21, 2011 10:33 am
 

Others react to Dave Duerson's suicide

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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Posted on: February 20, 2011 4:17 pm
 

Ditka calls Duerson suicide 'a tragedy'

Duerson Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In the middle of the NFL Alumni news conference during Super Bowl week in Dallas, former coach Mike Ditka appeared on a video screen and urged the NFL to increase the pension and make long-term health care last longer than five years postretirement.

I won’t say Ditka was begging, but he was certainly making a hard plea for his case.

Ditka – and some of the former players who also were in attendance at that presser – know former colleagues who are suffering from early onset dementia and Alzheimer’s, most likely due to the repeated head blows they took when they were playing.

So, it has to be excruciating for Ditka to hear about his former player, Bears S Dave Duerson who committed suicide last week at the age of 50.

"I knew he had some problems, I knew he lost the business, I knew all that," Ditka told the Associated Press. "It's just a tragedy. It really is.

"A lot of these guys have gone through a lot of suffering. You played the game, you had a concussion, and you went back in. That's how it was. If they showed you three fingers, and you saw two, it was good enough. You played the game."

One has to wonder if Duerson might have known what was to befall him the longer he lived. It’s awfully telling, I think, that he wanted his brain donated for research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and it’ll be awfully interesting to see the results after researchers at the Boston University school of medicine examine it.

The AP also reported his company had been forced into receivership several years ago and that he had lost his home to foreclosure, and that might have played a role in his downfall.
 
In case you haven’t heard of CTE (though chances are you’ll continue to hear much more about it in the months and years ahead), here’s an explanation from the AP:

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is associated with cognitive and behavioral problems later in life and eventually causes dementia. Also known as punch drunk syndrome, it has been most common in boxers. In recent years, CTE has been shown to exist in other athletes, including professional and college football players and a pro hockey player.

CSTE is a collaboration between BU Medical School and the Sports Legacy Institute that's addressing what it calls the "concussion crisis" in sports. The group has been at the forefront of research into head trauma in sports and received a $1 million gift from the NFL, which it has pushed for better treatment of concussions.


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Category: NFL
Posted on: February 19, 2011 7:51 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2011 11:18 pm
 

Dave Duerson's death ruled a suicide

Posted by Andy Benoit

The death of former Bears safety Dave Duerson has been ruled a suicide, according to NBC 5 in Chicago . The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner said Duerson, a member of the 1985 Super Bowl team, died of a gunshot wound to his chest.

The 50-year-old Duerson was found dead in his Miami home on Thursday.

The Bears released a statement, saying, “We are stunned and saddened to hear the tragic news regarding Dave Duerson. He was a great contributor to our team and the Chicago community. Today is a difficult day for all of us who loved Dave. We’ll miss him. Our prayers are with his family.”

NBC 5 says that Duerson sent a text message to his loved ones before his suicide, telling them he wanted his brain to be donated for research. A friend of the family called the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine on Thursday night. Arrangements have been made for the brain to be prepped and sent to Boston University.


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Category: NFL
Posted on: February 18, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Hot Routes 2.18.11: Lots of labor talk



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Marvin Miller, the former head of the MLB Players Association, says the NFL owners are a dangerous bunch who are greedier than the baseball owners with whom he dealt for so many years. Miller also seems to take delight in questioning their intelligence.
  • A U.S. District Court judge will decide next week whether documents pertaining to the NFLPA’s protest of the NFL’s so called lockout insurance money should be unsealed.
  • The Bengals introduce the Who Dey Perspective, the club’s response to what they feel are misconceptions in the community about the organization. Good guy PR man Jack Brennan – one of the best in the business – pens the first edition.
  • Some answers to some questions regarding the labor dispute from a Tulane law professor. Some answers in here that I haven’t seen before.
  • For those of us who yearn for the days of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, there’s a report that the Falcons have determined a new open-air stadium near the current Georgia Dome site is feasible.

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Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:15 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Former Bears S Dave Duerson dead at 50

Dave Duerson died at the age of 51 (Getty). Dave Duerson, an 11-year veteran who won a Super Bowl ring with the Bears, died at his Miami home Thursday night.

The cause of death for the 50-year-old former safety has not been determined yet.

"Our family asks that you please remember Dave as a good, kind, and caring man," Alicia Duerson, Dave's ex-wife told NBCChicago. "He loved and cherished his family and friends and was extremely proud of his beloved Notre Dame and ……Chicago Bears. Please keep Dave and our family in your prayers."

A statement released by the Bears: “We are stunned and saddened to hear the tragic news regarding Dave Duerson. He was a great contributor to our team and the Chicago community. Today is a difficult day for all of us who loved Dave. We’ll miss him.  Our prayers are with his family.”   

During his career spent with the Bears, Giants and Cardinals, he recorded 20 total interceptions and 16 sacks.

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