What is chronic traumatic encephalopathy?

Published On: May 06 2012 07:48:36 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 02 2014 09:12:52 AM EDT

An autopsy performed one year after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his 22-year-old girlfriend and killed himself found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Find out more about chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the disease several former NFL pros claim they are now suffering from due to hits on the field.

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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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