What is chronic traumatic encephalopathy?

Published On: May 06 2012 04:48:36 PM PDT   Updated On: Oct 02 2014 06:12:52 AM PDT

An autopsy performed one year after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his 22-year-old girlfriend and killed himself found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Find out more about chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the disease several former NFL pros claim they are now suffering from due to hits on the field.

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Recently, former quarterback Brett Favre says he's suffering memory lapses, which can be a sign of CTE. Find out more about chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the disease several NFL pros claim they are now suffering from due to hits on the field.

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