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After the aftermath

How the NFL can help prevent tragic deaths like Junior Seau's in the future

Updated: May 17, 2012, 7:38 AM ET
By Peter Keating | ESPN The Magazine

FOR ALL THE publicity that Junior Seau's death is justifiably receiving, he wasn't the only former NFL player to commit suicide in the past few weeks. On April 19, Ray Easterling, a former defensive back for the Falcons and a leader of Atlanta's Grits Blitz defense in the '70s, killed himself with a handgun. "He felt like his brain was falling off," said his widow, Mary Ann Easterling, in an interview with Fox Sports. "He was losing control. He couldn't remember things from five ...

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