BOSTON -- Lew Carpenter, who died last year after more than four decades as an NFL player and coach, had an advanced stage of a degenerative brain disease increasingly found in football players and other athletes who sustain repeated blows to the head.
Researchers at Boston University and the Veterans Administration Medical Center studying Carpenter's brain found evidence of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.
Carpenter died last November at the age of 78. A college star at Arkansas who was also offered a contract by baseball's St. Louis Cardinals, he spent 10 years in the NFL as a player for the Packers, Lions and Browns. He coached for the Vikings, Falcons, Redskins, Cardinals, Oilers, Packers, Lions and Eagles.