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.