Junior Seau diagnosed with CTE

The NFLPA issued a statement after learning that former linebacker Junior Seau suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which can be sustained from head trauma.

Seau was found dead on May 2, 2012 after shooting himself in the chest at his home in Oceanside, Calif. Seau was one of the best middle linebackers to play the game, totaling 1,524 combined tackles, 56.5 sacks and 18 interceptions throughout a 20-year career.

"Junior Seau was a leader on and off the field and the player community continues to mourn his loss," the NFLPA's statement read. "The report today about Junior having chronic traumatic encephalopathy is tragic. We know that research and partnerships will be an important factor in improving player care and safety, which is why we set aside $100M of player funds for medical research during the term of this collective bargaining agreement.

"We also know that accountability and credibility are equally important measures in the overall commitment to player safety. The only way we can improve the safety of players, restore the confidence of our fans and secure the future of our game is to insist on the same quality of medical care, informed consent and ethical standards that we expect for ourselves and for our family members.

"This is why the players have asked for things like independent sideline concussion experts, the certification and credentialing of all professional football medical staff and a fairer workers compensation system in professional football.

"Given their keen interest in Health and Safety issues in football, we call on Congressman Cummings, Congressman Issa and the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to review this issue as well.

"Our players deserve the best care, and we will fight to hold the NFL and the Clubs accountable for providing it

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