Bills star suffered advanced disease Cookie Gilchrist, the legendary Buffalo Bills running back, suffered from significant brain damage associated with repeated head trauma, researchers in Boston have determined.
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BUniverse (462) in faculty, staff Researchers at the Boston Unviersity Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (BU CSTE), revealed today that Dave Duerson, a former NFL player who committed suicide in February at age 50, was suffering from moderately advanced case of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease linked to repeated brain trauma. Duerson played safety in the NFL for 11 seasons, for the Chicago Bears, NY Giants, and Phoenix Cardinals. He was named to four Pro Bowls and won two Super Bowls, with the Bears in 1986 and the Giants in 1991.
NECN, 12/16/10: featuring Dr. Bob Cantu and former boxing champ and brain donor Micky Ward, whose rise to fame was made into the critically acclaimed film, The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale.
BU Today, 12/16/10: featuring CSTE co-directors and former boxing champ Micky Ward, whose rise to fame was made into the critically acclaimed film, The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale.
Radio Times, 9/21/10: featuring Dr. Stern and Chris Nowinski of the CSTE