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Vincent Jackson's brain will be donated for CTE research

Vincent Jackson's family is donating his brain to researchers at Boston University in an attempt to learn if the late wide receiver suffered from c

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Vincent Jackson’s family is donating his brain to researchers at Boston University in an attempt to learn if the late wide receiver suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a family spokesperson told The New York Times on Wednesday.

“Vincent being who he was would have wanted to help as many people as possible,” spokesperson Allison Gorrell told the newspaper. “It’s something his family wanted to do to get answers to some of their questions.”

Boston University’s CTE Center, led by neuropathologist and neurologist Ann McKee, is the country’s preeminent research institution for CTE, a degenerative disease that has been found in the brains of former athletes and military members, among other populations. 

Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowler with the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was found dead in a Florida hotel room on Monday morning. He was 38.



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