The New York Times reported that six members of the Dolphins’ unbeaten 1972 Super Bowl team suffered from CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
CTE is a debilitating brain injury that occurs because of repeated head trauma.
The players include Jim Kiick, Jake Scott, Nick Buoniconti, Earl Morrall, Bob Kuechenberg and Bill Stanfill. The diagnosis results from posthumous examinations by the CTE Center at Boston University, as CTE can only be diagnosed after death.
The study showed that Buoniconti, Kiick and Scott had extensive damage to their frontal lobes and brain stems. Symptoms include Parkinson’s disease, tremors, frequent falling and memory loss.
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