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Blocked By Hall, Junior Seau's Kid Gives Speech Anyway

Sydney Seau reminds us that even superhumans are human

(Newser) - Junior Seau bulldozed his way through 20 seasons in the NFL as one of the game's fiercest competitors and elite linebackers. Yesterday, he was inducted into Canton for his efforts— three years after he killed himself and was subsequently found to have degenerative brain disease linked to all those... More »

NFL to Settle Concussion Lawsuits for $765M

Judge announces proposed deal

(Newser) - The NFL will settle concussion-related lawsuits from more than 4,500 former players for $765 million, a federal judge says, though she still needs to approve the deal. The settlement would go toward concussion-related compensation as well as medical research and medical exams, reports the AP . The NFL and the... More »

Inside the Fight for Junior Seau's Brain

How the NFL directed Seau's brain to the NIH

(Newser) - An in-depth report from Frontline and ESPN's Outside the Lines describes the fight for Junior Seau's brain following his suicide last year—a fight that ESPN reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Steve Fainaru, who are working on a book and documentary about brain injuries in football, call "a... More »

Junior Seau's Family Sues NFL

Suit alleges that head injuries lead to his suicide

(Newser) - Junior Seau's family has filed a wrongful death suit against the NFL, arguing that the former linebacker's suicide was the direct result of repetitive head trauma, and that the league's "acts or omissions" hid the danger of that trauma, the AP reports. The family is also... More »

Junior Seau Had Brain Disease CTE

Doctors find NFL great's brain had signs of 'repetitive head injury'

(Newser) - NFL great Junior Seau had a degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last May, the National Institutes of Health told the AP today. Results of an NIH study of Seau's brain revealed abnormalities consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The NIH conducted a study of three unidentified brains,... More »

Those We Lost in 2012

Whitney Houston, Joe Paterno, Dick Clark, Ravi Shankar

(Newser) - Neil Armstrong would always be taking that first step onto the moon, and Dick Clark was forever "the world's oldest teenager." A look at some of the notables who died in 2012:
  • Etta James, 73. Blues singer best known for her enduring classic "At Last."
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Autopsy: No Drugs, Alcohol in Junior Seau's System

NFL star was sober when he killed himself

(Newser) - NFL star Junior Seau had no alcohol or illegal drugs in his system when he committed suicide earlier this year , according to an autopsy report obtained by TMZ . Medical examiners found traces of the sleeping aid Ambien, but only in amounts "consistent with therapeutic use," the report states.... More »

Junior Seau's Brain to Be Checked for Damage

Brain injuries associated with other players' early deaths

(Newser) - Doctors will inspect Junior Seau's brain for any evidence of injury from his football days, following an agreement with his family. Several early deaths among football players have pointed to brain injury, the Los Angeles Times notes. "The family was considering this almost from the beginning, but they... More »

Essayist Quits as NFL Fan After Seau Death

'I'm out,' writes Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates

(Newser) - The medical examiner in San Diego confirmed today that Junior Seau committed suicide with a gunshot to the chest, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune . The family has not decided yet whether to donate his brain to researchers to see if he suffered damage from football. Seau's former wife told... More »

Researchers Want a Look at Junior Seau's Brain

To look for signs of repeated head trauma

(Newser) - Did Junior Seau have football-related brain damage? The Boston University Center for Traumatic Encephalopathy wants to look at his brain to find out, Peter King reports on Twitter today. The Center has studied the brains of a number of deceased football players, and almost every time it's found evidence... More »

Seau Is 8th Member of 1994 Chargers to Die

Championship team hit by tragedy time and time again

(Newser) - Junior Seau’s death is just the latest tragedy in the sad history of the 1994 San Diego Chargers. That team—the only Chargers team to make it to the Super Bowl—has seen seven other deaths. CNN has the rundown:
  • 1995: Linebacker David Griggs, 28, dies in a
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Junior Seau's Death Might Change Our Views of NFL

It will bring needed focus to brain injuries: Josh Levin

(Newser) - Junior Seau today joined the "disturbingly long list of NFL players who've taken their own lives," writes Josh Levin at Slate , but there's one key difference. Seau's name is so huge that it will be impossible for the NFL to avoid discussions about what'... More »

Cops Confirm Junior Seau's Death Is Suicide Investigation

Handgun is found nearby

(Newser) - The details are filling in on the death of NFL great Junior Seau at age 43. These from the San Diego Union-Tribune , AP , and TMZ .
  • Suicide: San Diego police confirm it's a suicide investigation. Seau's girlfriend called 911 about 9:30am after she found him unconscious inside a
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NFL's Junior Seau Dead

Standout linebacker victim of a shooting, possible suicide

(Newser) - NFL great Junior Seau has been found dead in his California home, and cops tell TMZ that they're investigating an apparent shooting, if not a suicide. The 43-year-old standout linebacker—a defensive force of nature with the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, and New England Patriots—last made headlines... More »

Ex-NFL Star Drives Car Off Cliff

Junior Seau injured in car crash after domestic violence arrest

(Newser) - Former NFL star Junior Seau has been hospitalized after driving his car off a cliff in California. The ex-linebacker had been arrested on domestic violence charges and released on bail hours earlier, CNN reports. His 25-year-old live-in girlfriend sustained minor injuries in the domestic incident, according to cops. Seau, star... More »

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