According to a report in the New York Daily News, Junior Seau's family told a Chicago brain research institute that it plans to donate the former Patriots linebacker's brain to Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. The BU center has become well known for its work studying deceased players' brains for evidence of trauma.
"This specimen needs to be examined," said Dr. Julian Bailes, director of the Brain Injury Research Institute in Chicago. "It doesn't matter who does it. There are only two groups doing this kind of work."
The San Diego County medical examiner ruled Seau's death a suicide Thursday.
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