Recent Untimely Deaths of NFL Players

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  • Junior Seau
  • Ray Easterling
  • Dave Duerson
  • Kenny McKinley
  • Chris Henry
  • Steve McNair
  • Marquis Cooper, Corey Smith and William Bleakley
  • Sean Taylor
  • Damien Nash
  • Darrent Williams
  • Jovan Belcher
  • O.J. Murdock

Dave Duerson

In February 2011, two-time Super Bowl champion Dave Duerson, 50, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest at his home in Florida. Duerson had at least 10 concussions in his NFL career, according to his family, and lost consciousness during some. He left notes for his family asking that his brain be donated to science, and researchers at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University's School of Medicine concluded he had "moderately advanced" brain damage related to blows to the head.

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