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    Expert Ties Ex-Player’s Suicide to Brain Damage

    Regarding the death of former Eagles Safety Andre Waters. He killed himself this past November and a neuropathologist discovered Waters had sustained severe brain damage from playing football.

    Very long, very in-depth 3 page article found at: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/18/sp...J/tJbUbW6uFwjQ

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    Since the former National Football League player Andre Waters killed himself in November, an explanation for his suicide has remained a mystery. But after examining remains of Mr. Waters’s brain, a neuropathologist in Pittsburgh is claiming that Mr. Waters had sustained brain damage from playing football and he says that led to his depression and ultimate death.

    The neuropathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu of the University of Pittsburgh, a leading expert in forensic pathology, determined that Mr. Waters’s brain tissue had degenerated into that of an 85-year-old man with similar characteristics as those of early-stage Alzheimer’s victims. Dr. Omalu said he believed that the damage was either caused or drastically expedited by successive concussions Mr. Waters, 44, had sustained playing football.

    In a telephone interview, Dr. Omalu said that brain trauma “is the significant contributory factor” to Mr. Waters’s brain damage, “no matter how you look at it, distort it, bend it. It’s the significant forensic factor given the global scenario.”

    He added that although he planned further investigation, the depression that family members recalled Mr. Waters exhibiting in his final years was almost certainly exacerbated, if not caused, by the state of his brain — and that if he had lived, within 10 or 15 years “Andre Waters would have been fully incapacitated.”
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    All those blow to the head will do that. Poor guy.

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    It cannot just be coinsidence that numerous ex-football players have had issues w/mental instability in the past. Steroids, concussions, etc....

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