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Seau Had Severe Brain Disease

Star linebacker Junior Seau had a

degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last May, the National

Institutes of Health told The Associated Press on Thursday.

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, one of which was Seau's. It said the findings were similar

to autopsies of people "with exposure to repetitive head injury."

Seau was an outstanding linebacker for 20

NFL seasons before retiring in 2009. He died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound.

Seau

joins a list of several dozen football players who had CTE. Boston University's

center for study of the disease reported last month that 34 former pro players

and nine who played only college football suffered from CTE.

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