Report: Boston University docs 'attempting to obtain' Junior Seau's brain for medical study

Fans honor Junior Seau with memories of him as a player. (Getty Images)

Junior Seau's death, which is currently being investigated as a suicide, wasn't just tragic. It was a sad passing of a great former NFL player that had -- for now and quite possibly forever, simply coincidental -- similarities to the death of Dave Duerson.

Duerson, like Seau, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest and Duerson, like Seau, was a hard-hitting defender who spent his life flying all over the football field. According to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, researchers at Boston University are "attempting to obtain" Seau's brain in order to study the effects of playing football on the center of the human nervous system.
Whether or not Seau, like Duerson, intended to preserve his brain, and whether or not Seau suffered from any concussion-related depression or other diseases is really beside the point: Seau's brain can be studied to determine how a lifetime of football can cause trauma on the brain.

There's no way to know whether or not Seau's family would allow such a thing to happen. And the process of obtaining such a gift from Seau's estate probably can't be an easy thing to have happen.

But for a guy that loved football as much as Seau did, it's hard to imagine that he would want anything different.

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Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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