The family of football great Junior Seau, who died earlier this week from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest, has requested that doctors study the legend's brain for signs of trauma and injury. Repeated blows to the head can result in depression and health problems, particularly for those who spend a large portion of their lives playing professional football. They hope this research will help other others before such conditions result in tragedy.
"They believe that through allowing this procedure, it will allow the betterment of other individuals and athletes in the years ahead," Pastor Shawn Mitchell told Reuters. "Their thought is, if it can benefit others, then it's probably worth going forward with."
On Wednesday, Seau's unconscious body was discovered by his girlfriend. He was 43.
No word yet on who, exactly, will perform the examination on the fallen star's brain. His members of his family, however, were not immediately aware of any such trauma, though Mitchell feels that he probably suffered a few concussions during his time playing in the NFL.
Allowing someone to examine your deceased loved one's brain must have been an incredibly tough decision. Twitter users seem to agree with that sentiment, though they do seem to understand the advantages in doing so. Have a look at some of the responses below.
Seau's family has shown great strength by allowing Junior's brain to be studied. I imagine it was an extremely tough decision.
I'm sure it isn't easy to let scientists look at the brain of a loved one after they commit suicide. Junior Seau's family is incredible.
Junior Seau's family signs off on brain studies. Would have been tragic if they declined as his suicide was done with that in mind. Sad.