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Thursday, May 3, 2012
Research center wants Junior Seau's brain

By Bill Williamson

The aftereffects of legendary linebacker Junior Seau's stunning death on Wednesday are developing quickly.

Sports Illustrated reported Boston University’s Center for Traumatic Encephalopathy, which has famously studied the brains of several dead football players for injuries consistent with blows to the head, wants to take a look at Seau’s brain.

Seau died at his Oceanside, Calif., home due to a gunshot wound to the chest, according to police. It is being investigated as a suicide. Seau was 43.

Former NFL player Dave Duerson killed himself with a gunshot to the chest and he left a suicide note asking for his brain to be examined. Reportedly, Seau did not leave a suicide note.

Meanwhile, former Oakland receiver Tim Brown told Bay Area radio station 957The Game to not jump to any conclusions about Seau's death.

On a related note, one ESPN.com columnist reflects on football’s involvement in Seau’s death.