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NFL great Frank Gifford had degenerative brain disease, family announces

NFL great Frank Gifford had degenerative brain disease, family announces

Frank Gifford, the Pro Football Hall of Famer and USC All-American who died of natural causes in August, suffered from a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated head trauma, his family announced Wednesday.

The family said in a statement that pathologists who studied Gifford's brain after he died at age 84 found evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, better known as CTE.

"We decided to disclose our loved one's condition to honor Frank's legacy of promoting player safety dating back to his involvement in the formation of the NFL Players Association in the 1950s," the statement said. "His entire adult life Frank was a champion for others, but...

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