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 didn't want to make any emotional decisions," says the San Diego Chargers chaplain. Finally, "they came to a joint decision that absolutely this was the best thing."
Though the public wasn't aware Seau had had any concussions, his ex-wife said he had. "He always bounced back and kept on playing," she says. (Read more brain damage stories.)