The suicide of former San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau sent shock waves through the NFL world on Wednesday. In the wake of Seau's death a number of individuals and media outlets have questioned whether or not Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy had a role in the conditions that lead to his death. Not so fast says Tim Brown, a former NFL player and friend of Seau.
Brown made a Thursday appearance on 95.7 The Game, a San Francisco sports radio station, urging caution in the rush to pin Seau's death on the effects of CTE.
But when you look at the guys who do this, you don't see Roger Staubach committing suicide. You don't see some of the more successful players doing this. It's all guys who are having a few problems. You can say what you want - does the CTE cause the depression? Does the CTE cause these guys not to be able to adapt? That's another whole story. But all I'm saying is it seems like all these guys who are having this issue, going back to the center, Mike Webster, for the Steelers, it's all guys who are having issues adjusting to life after football.
A number of factors can impact mental health, factors beyond concussions. Determining whether or not head trauma played a role in Seau's death will take time.