in that Duerson also committed suicide, and shot himself in the chest. Duerson left a note asking that his brain be studied as a result of multiple concussions.
When you think of a self inflicted gunshot, you think of a gunshot to the head. Maybe this was Seau's way of allowing his brain to be studied as well.
One would think with the advancements in helmet technology there would be less concussions, considering helmets today versus 20, 30, 40 years ago. But today's athletes are so much more advanced with respect to speed and sheer strength, and the inherent violence of the sport, no wonder the number of concussions continue to increase.
I volunteer as an assistant high school football coach focusing on freshman football. These kids have already played 5 or 6 years of Pop Warner. Some of them at the age of 14 are already 6 feet and 200 lbs, especially the Samoan kids. We've got a few, and the intensity of hitting in high school is beyond anything I experienced when I played.