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NFL star Vincent Jackson had CTE Stage 2 before his death, family say

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National Football League receiver Vincent Jackson suffered from stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, before his death, his family have said.

Jackson, who played for the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers while in the NFL, was found dead earlier this year in a Florida hotel room at the age of 38.

His brain was donated to the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, which is researching CTE and reported Thursday that Jackson had stage 2 CTE. The debilitating brain disease is caused by frequent blows to the head and can cause depression, paranoia and memory loss. In 2016, the NFL admitted that there is a link between playing football and brain disorders.

“Vincent has dedicated a large part of his life to helping others. Even when he passes away, I know he would want to continue that same legacy, ”Vincent’s widow Lindsey Jackson said in a statement to ESPN. “By donating her brain to the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, we hope to continue to see advances in CTE research, allowing physicians to diagnose the disease in living things and ultimately find options.” treatment in the future. ”

Jackson suffered from severe symptoms of CTE, said Dr Ann McKee, head of neuropathology at the VA Boston Healthcare System and director of the BU CTE Center and the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank.

“Vincent Jackson was a bright, disciplined, gentle giant whose life began to change in his mid-thirties,” McKee said in a statement. “He became depressed, with progressive memory loss, difficulty solving problems, paranoia, and ultimately extreme social isolation.”

“This [Jackson’s] the brain has shown that stage 2 of CTE should no longer surprise us; these results have become commonplace, ”added McKee. “What’s surprising is that so many football players have died with CTE and so little is being done to make football, at all levels, safer by limiting the number of repetitive subconcussive shots. Ignoring it will not go away CTE, we must actively address the risk football poses to brain health and support struggling players.

CTE can currently only be diagnosed after a person’s death and has been found in the brains of hundreds of NFL players and other athletes.

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