|Seau's family has agreed to donate his brain for research. (US Presswire)|
After former star linebacker Junior Seau shot himself in the chest, researchers in Boston who have collected the brains of a number of dead NFL players for research, requested that the family donate Seau's brain.
|Junior Seau, dead at 43|
“The family was considering this almost from the beginning, but they didn't want to make any emotional decisions," Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell told the paper. "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 Seau did not leave a suicide note, it's been assumed he, like Dave Duerson last year, shot himself in the chest so his brain could be studied after his death. Duerson had left a note asking that his brain be sent to Boston University researchers.
According to the Times, Seau's family gave its approval "to help other individuals down the road."
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