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Junior Seau suffered from CTE

Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau committed suicide on May 2. A study of his brain revealed that he suffered from CTE.

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Seau's family sues NFL

The family of Junior Seau is suing the NFL after Seau died from a self-inflicted gun shot which the family says was a result of the chronic tramatic encephalopathy he developed from playing in NFL.

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Brain disease breakthrough?

Researchers at UCLA say they've identified a degenerative brain disease called 'CTE' in ex-football players who are still living. It's a ground-breaking step for now, and it could lead to improved treatment in the future.

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NFLPA calls for more safety measures

With the finding that Junior Seau suffered from a condition related to head trauma, the NFLPA has called for increased safety.

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Junior Seau, Curtis Martin, and what we know

Junior Seau was officially diagnosed with a degenerative brain disease this week, leaving the rest of us to connect the dots between the way he died and what it says about the game he played. Let's start with Curtis Martin.

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Seau suffered from CTE

A study confirmed that the former NFL linebacker suffered from a degenerative brain disease prior to his death in May 2012.

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Junior Seau's Life Celebrated At Qualcomm Stadium Friday

The San Diego Chargers held a public celebration of the life of Junior Seau on Friday, remembering the legendary linebacker who spent the majority of his career with the organization. The Chargers announced at the ceremony that they would retire the No. 55 jersey of Seau, who took his own life on May 2 at the age of 43. Former Chargers colleagues of Seau spoke at the ceremony. Among them was former Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts, who talked about what could be learned from Seau's tragic passing.

"There is no hiding that Junior's passing is a tragedy ... With all tragedies, there are lessons to be learned by all of us. The lesson here is if you need help, get help. All you have to do is swallow your pride and ask for it. Help is out there for all of us."

Estimates put the crowd for the event at Qualcomm Stadium at between 17,000 and 20,000 attendees. In addition to playing for the Chargers for 13 seasons, Seau grew up in San Diego and played his college football close to home at USC.

For continued coverage and reaction on Seau's death, visit Chargers blog Bolts From The Blue.

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Junior Seau's Family Reconsidering Allowing Brain To Be Studied For Concussion Effects

After a report on Thursday that Junior Seau's family would allow the late NFL star's brain to be studied for the effects of concussions, the family is reconsidering, and may not allow Seau's brain to be given up to science, according to Reuters.

Seau, who reportedly committed suicide by gunshot wound to the chest, leaving his head intact, did not leave a suicide note, leaving the decision about what happens next up to his family.

Seau was never listed on an NFL injury report with a concussion, but his ex-wife said this week that the former Chargers and Patriots linebacker played through them. The prevailing winds in the NFL's reckoning with football's violence — recent suicides by Dave Duerson and Ray Easterling have been connected to concussions — are in favor of greater study of the effects of concussions.

For more on Seau and the aftermath of his passing, keep it locked to this StoryStream.

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Junior Seau's Brain Will Be Studied For Concussion Effects, Family Decides

Junior Seau's family has decided to allow researchers to study his brain, San Diego Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday. Seau died from a self-inflicted gun shot to the chest, the San Diego County medical examiner's office ruled on Thursday. He left behind no notes or clues as to why he made the decision to take his own life.

From the L.A. Times report:

"The family was considering this almost from the beginning, but they didn't want to make any emotional decisions," Mitchell told The Times on Thursday night. "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."

While there's been speculation that the toll football took on Seau's brain may have contributed to his suicide, the only way to definitively find out whether he suffered from CTE is to examine him postmortem. And even still, we may never know why, exactly, he decided to take his own life.

Head over to Bolts From The Blue, where fans are remembering the legendary former San Diego Chargers linebacker.

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VIDEO: USC's Tribute To Junior Seau

From the USC Trojans, a superb video tribute to Junior Seau, featuring him singing "Wonderful Tonight":

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