NFL stars Steve Weatherford and Sidney Rice say they will donate their brains for medical research after their deaths.
New York Giants player Steve Weatherford and former Seattle Seahawks successor Sidney Rice want to support research into brain injuries.
Many former players in the sport suffer from degenerative brain disease.
“There are a lot of problems that arise from brain injuries and it’s not just professional athletes. It affects everyone. “ said Steve Weatherford.
Sidney Rice won the Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks last year before retiring – at the age of 27 – for fear of long-term health after taking so many blows to the head.
Both players said they hoped their commitment would persuade others to support brain injury research.
About 4,500 former players are suing the National Football League (NFL) for head injuries sustained during their careers. They are close to a settlement worth about $ 1 billion.
“Many of my teammates and very close friends have dealt with the turmoil and depression that comes with it.” said Steve Weatherford.
Steve Weatherford and Sidney Rice made a joint statement that coincided with the Month of Brain Injury Awareness in the United States.
Sidney Rice is thought to have suffered between 15 and 20 concussions while playing American football at the age of eight.
“I had a fair share of fun in the NFL,” he said.
“Unfortunately, I was not educated enough about what can lead to shocks. Brain tests by doctors will be huge to help or even prevent. ”