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Ex-NFL lineman Robinson found to have CTE


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Former NFL lineman Adrian Robinson Jr. was found to have suffered from brain disease after he committed suicide at age 25.

Boston University researchers confirmed Robinson had chronic traumatic encephalopathy after examining his brain.

Robinson played two seasons in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers in 2012 and 2013. Ben Andreozzi, the family’s lawyer, said Robinson sustained several discussions while playing pro football.

“Many people knew Adrian as a talented football player who grew up in Harrisburg, Pa., attended Temple University and ultimately played in the National Football League for several NFL teams,” the family’s statement read. “What they may not know is that Adrian was an even better person off the field where he was a beloved son, brother, father, and a friend to so many people who continue to miss him dearly. He was truly a remarkable person who was loving, kind and had a great sense of humor.

“His passing was a devastating blow and those who knew him have struggled to understand the circumstances surrounding his death. Earlier this week, we received information from medical professionals which helps explain his untimely death.”

His family has yet to file a lawsuit after his death on May 16 in Philadelphia.

“During his football career, Adrian endured several concussions and we now know that he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE),” the family said. “This disease has been linked to symptoms in other NFL players such as dementia, aggression, depression, and in many cases suicide. This diagnosis has helped us gain a better understanding of Adrian’s passing. We would like to thank the CTE Center at Boston University for their exhaustive clinical and pathological review of Adrian’s case.

“We strongly encourage friends and family members of those who have suffered serious head injury to intervene if they notice behavioral changes including memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, and impulse control problems. If we can prevent one other family from enduring a similar tragedy, we will have honored Adrian’s legacy.”

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