Tyler Seau, 23 year-old, said that the National Institutes of Health had concluded the test of his father’s brain after his death and found a chronic brain damage condition “that also has been found in dozens of deceased former players.”
CTE is a progressive disease associated with repeated head trauma. Although long known to occur in boxers, it was not discovered in football players until 2005 and researchers at Boston University recently confirmed 50 cases of CTE in former football players, including 33 who played in the NFL.
The neurodegenerative illness can “lead to dementia, memory loss and depression.”
Tyler’s mum and Junior’s widow say:
I think it’s important for everyone to know that Junior did indeed suffer from CTE. It’s important that we take steps to help these players. We certainly don’t want to see anything like this happen again to any of our athletes.
According to Tyler’s mum, the family was told Seau’s head damage resulted from “a lot of head-to-head collisions over the course of 20 years of playing in the NFL. And that it gradually, you know, developed the deterioration of his brain and his ability to think logically.”
Dr. Russell Lonser, added:
Three independent neuropathologists from outside the NIH were given unidentified tissue from three different brains; one belonged to Seau, another to a person who had suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease, and a third from a person with no history of traumatic brain injury or neurodegenerative disease.
Those three experts independently arrived at the same conclusion as two other government researchers: that Seau’s brain showed definitive signs of CTE.
All through the final years of his existence, Tyler’s dad’s humor would transform radically.
Tyler, whose mother was Junior Seau’s high school sweetheart, and Gina together described striking changes they noticed in Seau at some stage in the last days of his existence, including mood swings, gloominess, lack of memory, sleeplessness and lack of involvement.
He would sometimes lose his temper.
He would get irritable over very small things. And he would take it out on not just myself but also other people that he was close to. And I didn’t understand why.
Jr. Seau’s mother thinks the NFL was too deliberate to gaze into concussions. Her son was not at all listed by any of his teams as ever having a concussion.
Moments before he took his life, Seau sent a group text to his ex-wife Gina and his four children that simply said, “I love you.”
The difference with Junior … from an emotional standpoint (was) how detached he became emotionally.
It was so obvious to me because early, many, many years ago, he used to be such a phenomenal communicator. If there was a problem in any relationship, whether it was between us or a relationship with one of his coaches or teammates or somewhere in the business world, he would sit down and talk about it.
Gina said Seau would by no means run from quarrel and would forever say:
Let’s sit down and break bread and figure this out.
Seau’s family has found rather comfort knowing his brain showed instantly recognizable signs of CTE.
Tyler Christian Seau was born in June 10, 1989 in San Diego and is Junior’s oldest son. His mum is Melissa Waldrop. Seau broke up with Waldrop when Tyler was 13 months old. He married Gina Deboer in 1991. The duo had three kids mutually, a daughter and two sons,prior to divorcing in 2002.
Tyler`s brothers are Kekoa and Jake and his two sisters are Sydney and Brandi. His uncle is Tony Seau, who played defensive tackle for Palomar and later was an assistant coach for the Comets.
He’s from Oceanside, CA and is currently the middle linebacker at his university team. He also Red-shirted for the Comets and played for coach Chris Hauser at Mission Hills High in San Marcos.
His major is business and carried 3.7 grade-point average in high school.
You can visit him on MySpace by clicking here.
His mum’s FB here.