Junior Seau final act educated us about CTE
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Junior Seau final act educated us about CTE

Pro Football Hall of Famer shined a light on issue football leadership has ignored

Photo: Juhior Seau upon his induction into the Chargers Hall of Fame.

I once shared your shock and sadness over Junior Seau’s suicide. Now I only share sadness, thanks to Junior educating us about the link between concussions and the degenerative brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.

The larger-than-life linebacker killed himself on May 2, 2012 with a gunshot to the heart at age 43. The method allowed his brain to be donated to medical science, and the National Institute of Health diagnosed CTE. We didn’t understand it at the time, but Seau shined a light on an issue ignored by football’s leadership far too long ... 

Click here for the remainder of my Today's Pigskin story: Junior Seau's final act has educated us about CTE

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and Chargers.com. He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer, MLB.com, Rivals.com and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."