The brain of former NFL receiver Vincent Jackson goes to be donated for CTE research, a spokesperson for his household confirmed to CBS Tampa affiliate WTSP-TV. Evidence of CTE has been discovered within the brains of quite a few athletes in sports activities that characteristic onerous contact amongst their individuals.
The spokesperson, Allison Gorrell, advised a number of information shops Jackson’s brain will be despatched to Boston University to decide whether or not he suffered from the degenerative brain illness.
Many questions surrounding Jackson’s dying nonetheless stay unanswered. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office has mentioned it could take months earlier than an post-mortem is accomplished.
A report from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office revealed that, for two straight days, workers of the Brandon, Florida lodge the place Jackson’s physique was discovered Monday had seen the previous Bucs participant “slouched over” on a sofa in his room. It wasn’t till the third day staff known as authorities, who decided he’d been lifeless.
According to the identical report, a small lower was discovered on Jackson’s huge toe, however no different seen indicators of damage had been discovered.
The report additionally says Jackson had a historical past of alcohol use and used smokeless tobacco. But it would not draw any conclusions about his explanation for dying. Jackson did not have a recognized historical past of drug use, the abstract added.
According to Boston University, continual traumatic encephalopathy, know as CTE, is a degenerative brain illness generally present in “athletes, military veterans, and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma.”
Jackson spent 12 seasons within the NFL with the then-San Diego Chargers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jackson was chosen to the Pro Bowl in 2009, 2011 and 2012. He final performed in 2016 and introduced his retirement from the NFL in 2018.