Dave Duerson committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest on Thursday. In a suicide note, that the former Super Bowl champion sent to his friends, Dave Duerson had one last request. This request may explain why he chose to shoot himself in the chest instead of in the head, which is more commonly done in suicides when a gun is used, according to the website Lost all Hope.
It sounds like the deeply troubled Dave Duerson was still considering others when he took his life with a gun shot. In his suicide note, he requested that his brain be donated to the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine.
Boston University School of Medicine has been studying how traumatic brain injury, included the type suffered on the football field, can lead to health problems in individuals later on in life.
Studying Duerson’s brain may help the researchers find some type of correlation to the depression that Duerson suffered and his football head injuries from years ago. The depression that ultimately led to him taking his own life, may have roots in some of the injuries he recieved years ago? This could go a long way for the kids coming into the contact sport of football.
Duerson had informed his family a while back that he wanted his brain studied when he died to help the researchers find better ways to protect the kids playing football today, according to the website Fan House.
Dave Duerson, who was so hopeless and depressed that he ended his life, was such a caring man that before he took his own life, he wanted to make sure others would be helped by the donation of his brain to research. By all accounts Dave Duerson is a great man, both in life and death.
Head injuries during the game of football have been gaining national attention in the last few years. The Connecticut Post reports on the new rules for young athletes that was passed in the Senate last year.
The law requires that a grade school or high school player does not play in a game or participate in a practice for a 24 hour window after receiving a blow to the head. They would need to be cleared by a doctor after that blow to the head before returning to the sport.
Joe Della Vechia, head coach of St. Joseph’s High School in Trumbull Connecticut said, “I don’t think the legislation that stringent is necessary. “We do all the things that would be covered in the legislation anyway, said Della Vechia last year in an interview with the Connecticut Post.
Reference: Connecticut Post, NFL Fanhouse