Remember Megan Noderer, NFL legend Junior Seau´s girlfriend, who found him dead on the morning of May 2, 2012? Noderer had been at the gym for approximately one hour, then headed back to their home in California and found his boyfriend´s lifeless body on a bed with a gun beside him. She placed the call to 911 and told the dispatcher that he had shot himself in the heart.
Suicide amongst former NFL players has increased at an alarming rate in recent years, Seau is the eighth death among members of the 1994 AFC champion Chargers. His death follows the suicide last year of former Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson, who also shot himself in the chest.
According to GamesOver.org, 65 percent of NFL players retire with permanent injuries. In addition, the suicide rate among former NFL players is six times the national average, possibly due to chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disease inflicting people who have suffered multiple concussions.
From the New York Times:
“To this point, the roughly 20 N.F.L. veterans found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy — several of whom committed suicide — died unaware of the disease clawing at their brains, how the protein deposits and damaged neurons contributed to their condition… After years of denying or discrediting evidence of football’s impact on the brain — from C.T.E. in deceased players to an increasing number of retirees found to have dementia or other memory-related disease — the N.F.L. has spent the last year addressing the issue, mostly through changes in concussion management and playing rules.”
Megan Noderer´s biography: Megan is a working girl, previously she was employed by the Mercedes Benz automobile company, then she worked as Executive Director for an advertising firm named Aspen Marketing Service. She has a degree from Concord University, a small liberal arts college located in West Virginia. Noderer and Seau were dating for a long time, and also living together. Find her in LinkedIn.
The heartbreaking nine minute phone call, in which Megan Noderer is frantic, hyperventilating and screaming at times, is released after Junior Seau’s death was ruled a suicide by the San Diego County medical examiner’s office.