Junior Seau: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and David Russell Duerson

Junior Seau, NFL Player Donates Brain After Committing Suicide

This February 17, I could not put together words that would pay homage to Dave Duerson, my friend. So, I did not speak. I published a poem on leadership that I read at the Nation’s Capitol last year in honor of his death, on Michael Jordan’s birthday (my favorite basketball player).

Still, I feel unsettled because the original post that I wrote about Duerson was out of devastation when in fact life events had tested my desire to commit a similar act. I on the other hand could not go through with it.

There was no suicidal attempt, although my closest confidants would say that my closeness was eery. But when I heard the news that Junior Seau had shot himself in the chest, I wondered if Dave Duerson’s strategic choice motivated Seau to do the same. Did he leave a note? Would he ask that his brain be donated as well?

What we know is that Dave Duerson did have some challenges. To his credit he was a brilliant, and I do mean brilliant man who attended Notre Dame, and Harvard. He built a business to $64 Million dollars, and won a lawsuit after having to close his company due to their negligence for around $34 Million. When the company filed for bankruptcy, it seemed that his seven year wait would continue.

As his friend, I do not believe that he purposely pulled a trigger on himself. He was engaged to a beautiful woman and although life presented some financial challenges his brilliance was enough to help him bounce back. I know from personal experience that it doesn’t always happen as quickly or effortlessly as we would like, and then God sends you into a different direction altogether!

Dave Russell Duerson Tribute

I believe that if Dave killed himself he may have made that choice under the duress and influence of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or the symptoms that presented itself to him.

Here is an article on Dave Duerson and Junior Seau, click here I knew that I wasn’t the only one who thought of Dave when news of Junior broke.

Dave Russell Duerson, Business Man; NFL Player Chicago Bears

One thing is clear, more than twenty football players have committed suicide as a result of brain injury that we know of. The sport will need to make adjustments to playing rules, or our men will be ill equip to live normal lives as husbands and fathers post football.

Dave Duerson and Junior Seau both committed suicide. They are among more than twenty other men with related deaths who are former NFL players. What will the NFL do about Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and brain injuries as a result of long-term playing? Will parents discourage their children from playing the sport because of the health risks? Weigh in!

NFL do something NOW!

About Ressurrection

Ressurrection Graves is a Child Sexual Abuse Grooming Expert and H.E.A.L.E.R. (Healer, Educator, Activist, Life Skills Expert, Empowerment Speaker, Relationship Mentor) Her website reaches readership in 188 countries. She is available for national speaking engagements, radio and television interviews. She can be reached at: 202.717.7377 or send your request to: ressurrection dot wordpress at yahoo dot com or comment on http://www.ressurrection.wordpress.com
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7 Responses to Junior Seau: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and David Russell Duerson

  1. Jueseppi B. says:

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    This is a MUST read by a real writer on the issue of a real problem in out society. Thank You to the blog: “Love, Life and Relationships: Overcoming Emotional and Child Sexual Abuse”. Thank you Ms. Ressurrection Graves.

    • Thank you so much for sharing. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and brain injury symptoms are becoming too common among NFL players. RIP to my friend Dave.

      • Jueseppi B. says:

        I knew Mr. Duerson but not as a friend, thru business and only slightly. I feel your loss, and my condolences to you. The NFL makes wealthy caucasian men even more wealthy, they need to take better care of the “slaves” who pick the new age cotton.

        • Absolutely! I do agree with this. There is a video that is on my “RE-Entry” program page. I offer entrepreneurship classes to exiting felons who are re-entering society. This video is amazing in talking about the “business of prisons”, and your comment about “the new age cotton” reminded me of this. Thanks for your comment. 🙂 RIP Dave

  2. Marko Hamlin says:

    Brain injuries are serious and the NFL should do more to help these players! Thank you for this Ress!

  3. victoriapendragon says:

    Big – no, not big, humongous – businesses eat people up alive. We are all on the platter. Everything needs to change.

    • I do agree. Everything needs to change! Often times we are pressured into a system that is already running. I wonder what would happen if everyone were able to negotiate their own terms. I don’t like this at all. Dave did a great job of fighting for the NFL and calling out Mike Ditka. So, the least I can do is share in his message of awareness so that others will be able to negotiate better terms to ensure that their families are cared for. Additionally, the NFL must come up with a different set of rules. Running grown men into each other like bulls will no longer work. They have gotten bigger, and more angry over the years, and we are seeing how this affects them OFF of the field.

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