What is chronic traumatic encephalopathy?

Published On: May 06 2012 07:48:36 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 25 2013 01:57:01 PM EDT

Quarterback Brett Favre recently opened up about some memory lapses, which be a sign of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Find out more about this disease and some of the professional athletes who have suffered from it.

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The NFL Players Association initially refused to pay Mackey a disability income due to there not being a proven link between brain injury and playing football. The league and the NFL Players Association have responded with the "88 plan" – named after Mackey's number.

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