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Former NFL players donate brains to science

Tuesday, March 03, 2015 - 01:26

Super Bowl champions Sidney Rice and Steve Weatherford donate their brains, post-mortem, to scientific research into repetitive brain trauma. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~**NONE Two retired NFL players say they're donating their brains post-mortem for medical research. Former Seattle Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice estimates he incurred 15 to 20 concussions playing football in his lifetime. He says brain disease research will only HELP future generations. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER SEATTLE SEAHAWKS RECEIVER SIDNEY RICE SAYING: "I had my fair share of fun with the NFL and, unfortunately, I wasn't protected the way I needed to be. . . or I wasn't educated enough on the causes [trauma] that concussions could lead to. So, you know, the brain studies for the doctors will be huge to help maybe prevent [it from happening to] the younger generations that are to come." Like Rice, Former New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford says the NFL had taken positive steps to address the dangers of repetitive blows to the head... but says more needs to be done. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW YORK GIANTS STEVE WEATHERFORD SAYING: "You're only effective as how capable your brain is and I'm not willing to let my son bang his head around and sustain concussions like Sydney had when he was 8-years old because I just don't think your body is ready for that trauma and you only get one brain, so you got to take care of it." And since football won't stop for those passionate in the sport, they say education and research is key to understanding -- and reducing -- repetitive brain trauma.

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Former NFL players donate brains to science

Tuesday, March 03, 2015 - 01:26