NFL great Frank Gifford, who died in August of reported natural causes, had a brain disease that may have stemmed from his Hall of Fame football career, his family said in a statement released Wednesday.
The family revealed that it had medical researchers study Gifford’s brain after he died at age 84, and that those pathologists found evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive degenerative brain disease.
“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 family said in a...
The Arizona Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams line up for during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rams defeated the Carindals 31–17.