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Vincent Jackson: Former NFL player found dead in hotel with CTE, family says

Tampa, Fla. (WFLA) – Vincent Jackson, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and San Diego Chargers wide-band receiver, who was found dead in a hotel room in Brandon, Florida in February of a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated head trauma over and over again, his family said on Thursday.

Jackson’s family said in a press release that he has chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a rare disorder found in the brains of some athletes who play contact sports and suffered a head injury.

This disorder is poorly understood and can only be diagnosed through an autopsy because it requires evidence of brain tissue degeneration.

Doctors said Jackson had stage 2 CTE, which, like most NFL players, was diagnosed with post-mortem in his 20s and 30s. Signs and symptoms can include aggression, impulsivity, and irritability. panic attacks, outbursts, depression, paranoia, anxiety, poor executive functioning, and memory loss. Stage 4 is the most severe stage, and is often associated with dementia.

“Vincent Jackson was an intelligent, disciplined, gentle giant whose life began to change in his mid-30s. Ann McKee, chief of neurology for the VA Boston Healthcare System and director of the BU CTE and VA-BU-CLF Centers, said: “The fact that his brain shows stage 2 CTE should no longer surprise us; These results have become widespread. What is surprising is that so many footballers have died with CTE and very little has been done to make football, at all levels, safer by limiting the number of repeated side effects. repeat. CTE will not go away by ignoring it, we need to actively address the risk that football poses to brain health and support struggling players.”

Jackson played 23 years of football, starting at the age of 12. He played for 12 seasons in the NFL with the Buccaneers and Chargers, attending three Pro Bowls before retiring in 2018. He was nominated for the title. Walter Payton Award Man of the Year. for five years he was with the Bucs.

On February 15, a housekeeper found Jackson’s body at the Homewood Suites in Brandon. There were no signs of injury, the delegate said. He is 38 years old.

“Vincent has devoted much of his life to helping others. Even when he dies, I know he will want to continue the same legacy,” said Lindsey Jackson, Vincent’s widow. “By donating his brain to the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, we hope to continue to see advances in CTE research, allowing doctors to diagnose the disease later in life and ultimately explore future treatment options. There is still much to understand about CTE, and education is key to prevention. The conversation around this topic needs to be more widespread, and our family hopes that others will feel comfortable and supported talking about CTE moving forward.”

https://kfor.com/news/u-s-world/vincent-jackson-former-nfl-receiver-found-dead-in-hotel-had-cte-family-says/ Vincent Jackson: Former NFL player found dead in hotel with CTE, family says

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