Junior Seau’s decision to shoot himself in the chest instead of the head has led to a controversial rumor that Seau wanted his brain to be studied.
Where this rumor stems from baffles our minds since there was no suicide note or suggestion from anyone close to Seau that he was planning on taking his own life and wanted to advance the world of science in the process.
Then we remembered Dave Duerson, a former NFL player who committed suicide in February 2011. Duerson also shot himself in the chest, but left a note asking that his brain be given to the NFL’s Brain Bank.
There is no evidence Seau was being as thoughtful when he committed the act, but the linebacker’s sudden death got his family thinking and they have reportedly decided to donate the organ in the name of science.
“The family was considering this almost from the beginning, but they didn’t want to make any emotional decisions,” Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell told the Los Angeles Times. “And when they came to a joint decision that absolutely this was the best thing, it was a natural occurrence for the Seau family to go forward,” he continued.
Boston University researchers have been conducting research on the brains of deceased NFL players to determine the long term impacts of concussions.