Denver Broncos Demaryius Thomas (88) is treated by medical staff after suffering a concussion during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

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Concussion Findings: CTE Found in 99% of Ex-NFL Players

The brains of 111 deceased NFL players were studied

Kyle McCann
December 04, 2017 - 11:18 am

Staggering details being made available today from a New York Times article looking into C.T.E. in ex-NFL players. The Times is reporting that a neuropathologist who examined the brains of 111 deceased NFL players discovered that all but one brain was found to have C.T.E., a high-profile, degenerative disease often linked to repeated shots to the head.  

The effects of C.T.E. can be deadly, with symptoms including long-term memory loss, depression, and dementia. The brains examined in the study ranged in age from 23 to 89 years-old, covering every position in football from linebacker to punter. The family of the only NFL player whose brain did not test positive for C.T.E. requested that he not be identified. 

In all, 202 brains were examined. They included the 111 ex-NFL players' brains, as well as brains from Canadian Football League players, semi-pro players, college players, and high school players. Of the 202, 87-percent were reportedly found to have C.T.E.

The doctor behind the study told the Times that whether or not concussions in football are a problem simply can and should no longer be argued.