Two More NFL Players Announce Plans to Donate Their Brains to Science
The NFL has come under scrutiny in recent years for the large number of former players who have been found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
CTE is degenerative brain condition found in athletes and others who have suffered multiple concussions, and can be mentally crippling years later in life, causing depression and dementia.
Former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice and New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford appeared on "Fox and Friends" this morning to announce that they plan to donate their brains to science after they die.
Rice revealed that he has had ten concussions in his life, the first happening when he was just eight-years-old.
Weatherford said that while he hasn't had multiple concussions, he still believes it's a good cause to help the study of CTE.
"I think I’ve had two over the course of ten years as an NFL football player," Weatherford said. "I’m in it more to help generations after us. You know, you study [Rice's] brain by comparison to my brain. And just because you [haven't had] traumatic head injuries doesn’t mean that you don’t need your brain studied, because they’re going to have to have brains to compare it to other ones."
"And so for me it’s about overall health right now, but you want to help the future and pay it forward."
Rice said that when he entered the league, there wasn't as much attention paid to concussions.
"Guys would get hurt, get a concussion and go right back to the game. Now, they've taken a lot more steps, a lot more tests before you can get back out on the field," Rice explained. "You see it every week, somebody has a concussion. So they’re taking the steps, making the strides to make it a better and safer league."
Watch the exclusive "Fox and Friends" interview above.