Junior Seau's brain has been requested by Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, according to a Sports Illustrated report.
Seau died of a gunshot wound to the chest Wednesday, and his death is being investigated as a suicide. While there is no conclusive medical link between head injuries and suicide, the BU Center wants to conduct a study similar to one they performed on former NFL player Dave Duerson, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest last year.
Duerson asked for his brain be studied, and BU determined that he suffered from degenerative disease of the brain from repeated head trauma, which can lead to depression.
Gina Digravio, manager of media relations at Boston University Medical Center, told ESPN.com that the center never discusses what brains they are studying or what brains they're interested in studying.
While Seau was never listed on any injury report with a concussion, his ex-wife Gina Seau said Junior Seau sustained concussions during a 20-year NFL career.
"Of course he had. He always bounced back and kept on playing," she told ESPN. "He's a warrior. That didn't stop him. I don't know what football player hasn't. It's not ballet. It's part of the game."
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