NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — NFL great Junior Seau was suffering from a degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last year, according to a study released Thursday.
Seau’s brain showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE. The analysis, done at the request of Seau’s family, was performed in a blind study by the National Institutes of Health.
He’s the latest in growing list of football players who had CTE. The NFL is also facing a lawsuit from thousands of former players affected by concussions.
“I’m just telling you, this is not good for football — at all,” former pro quarterback Boomer Esiason said on his WFAN radio show Thursday, alongside co-host Craig Carton. “You read some of the quotes from Tyler Seau … about who (Junior) was, how he was acting, his whole personality traits and all that other stuff — it’s not good.”
He added: “It’s actually — it’s really bad.”