Junior Seau's family will allow medical researchers to examine his brain to see if it incurred any damage from concussions, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.
Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowl selection, died Wednesday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. On Thursday, his death was ruled a suicide.
San Diego Chargers team chaplain Shawn Mitchell said the family agreed to the procedure "to help other individuals down the road."
Earlier Thursday, Sports Illustrated writer Peter King said researchers at Boston University were hoping to obtain Seau's brain. Mitchell said the family hasn't decided who will ultimately do the research.