Chaplain: Seau's Brain To Be Donated For Research

By: AP
By: AP

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The family of former NFL star Junior Seau will donate his brain for research into repetitive head injuries.

San Diego Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell says the family made the decision Thursday.

Seau, a standout college and Chargers player, was found dead Wednesday at his Oceanside home. An autopsy concluded he shot himself in the chest.

Some have speculated that brain injuries from football may have played a role in his death, but there's been no medical confirmation of such damage.

His family and hundreds of people held an impromptu memorial for Seau on Thursday night outside his home.

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  • by Steelers Fan on May 3, 2012 at 04:26 AM
    Awesome linebacker and my idol growing up.
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      by LedHed on May 3, 2012 at 07:41 AM in reply to Steelers Fan
      As another Steelers fan, it was hard to watch him destroy our offense when they matched-up. Seems like a lot of former players are taking their lives recently, wonder if Junior suffered from the depression and possible brian injuries that were cited in the deaths of others...
  • by Sad on May 2, 2012 at 08:26 PM
    To all of my Charger friends out there, I share in the loss of 55. Truly the NFL and the Chargers have lost one of their greatest. Prayers out to the family and the community who lost one of the best.
  • by MIKE Location: BRONCO LAND on May 2, 2012 at 03:13 PM
    As a long time Bronco fan it was hard watching you destroy our offence. You were a grest player, too bad your family and friends have to grieve. There is help for all of us who need it.
  • by LedHed Location: Colorado Springs on May 2, 2012 at 01:20 PM
    Gifted athlete, great player, immense loss. R.I.P. Junior...
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