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Birk among trio donating brain to concussion research

Ravens center Matt Birk, Seattle linebacker Lofa Tatupu, and Cardinals wideout Sean Morey have pledged to donate their brains (post-mortem, we assume) to the Boston University School of Medicine.

The three are the first active NFL players to agree to make the donation to the University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, which has been gathering data on the affects of trauma on the brain and spinal cord.

According to a University press release, 40 retired NFL players have already agreed to make the same donation that Birk, Morey, and Tatupu are now planning.  Conversation about the life-long effects of concussions on NFL players has become increasingly intense the past few years.  Some factions blame the league for not having more stringent policies in place for managing players’ return to the field after suffering concussions.

Former Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson, plagued by concussions and their aftereffects to this day, agreed last year to donate his brain.

“I’m not being vindictive,” Johnson said at the time.  “I’m not trying to reach up from the grave and get the NFL.  But any doctor who doesn’t connect concussions with long-term effects should be ashamed of themselves.”

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19 Responses to “Birk among trio donating brain to concussion research”
  1. sullijo says: Sep 15, 2009 12:38 PM

    In related news, Brandon Marshall did not pass the preliminary “do you have a brain” test to qualify to donate.

  2. Abe Froeman says: Sep 15, 2009 12:38 PM

    Do they get a tax break?

  3. Tears_of_a_Favre says: Sep 15, 2009 12:39 PM

    Meh. Crabtree’s clearly the first to become a brain donor. And he didn’t even wait to do this post-mortem.

  4. cleanface says: Sep 15, 2009 12:39 PM

    Leodis McKelvin donated his in the 4th quarter last night.

  5. Red says: Sep 15, 2009 12:43 PM

    Why wait? I’m sure they can get them back in time for next week’s game.

  6. hayward giablommi says: Sep 15, 2009 12:44 PM

    Interesting that two of the three are Ivy Leaguers (Birk from Harvard, Morey from Brown). I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that they, in particular, would have a little more perspective than most NFL’ers, who are idiots.
    Let’s go Bruno!!

  7. dawk20db says: Sep 15, 2009 12:50 PM

    Thats three of the twenty or so brains in the league that may actually be worth a damn.

  8. Fat Man 44 says: Sep 15, 2009 12:51 PM

    These three (3) copycats are just following Plaxico Burress’s lead. Burress donated his brain to the Boston University School of Medicine about four (4) years ago.

  9. Doctor Bull says: Sep 15, 2009 12:54 PM

    I think this is likely the cause for Arron Sears mysterious problems with the Bucs.

  10. texasPHINSfan says: Sep 15, 2009 1:02 PM

    Birk needs to be president of the NFLPA as soon as possible.
    smart guy with no bad bones in his body.

  11. East Bay Ray says: Sep 15, 2009 1:26 PM

    There has to be a Pacman Jones joke in here somewhere, right?

  12. Kevin from Philly says: Sep 15, 2009 1:36 PM

    In a related note, the University also announced that Mike Florio of PFT.com will donate his brain to determine the long term effects of internet blogging and bad toupee’s.

  13. Bob Nelson says: Sep 15, 2009 1:42 PM

    So refreshing to have a complimentary take on NFL players.
    Matt Birk is a great guy and I’m glad he is on a better team this season and paid more than last season when he was with a poor organization.
    He has been nothing but class his whole career.

  14. purpleguy says: Sep 15, 2009 1:58 PM

    Birk was quoted as saying (really), the decision was a no-brainer.

  15. filthylucre says: Sep 15, 2009 2:17 PM

    Roy “Sugar Bear” Simmons gave his head decades ago.

  16. jimicos says: Sep 15, 2009 2:32 PM

    Former Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson, plagued by concussions and their aftereffects to this day, agreed last year to donate his brain.
    “I’m not being vindictive,” Johnson said at the time. “I’m not trying to reach up from the grave and get the NFL. But any doctor who doesn’t connect concussions with long-term effects should be ashamed of themselves.”
    ————————————
    Johnson went on to state that his first concussion was suffered in the war of 1926 “between the Commies and them damn turkeys.” He then asked his assistant to turn down the volume of the mayonnaise and to wash his ego. He ended the interview by declaring himself a stapler.

  17. dawk20db says: Sep 15, 2009 2:49 PM

    NO! He did NOT say “the decision was a no-brainer” Is that true purpleguy? Thats fantastic. I don’t even know what else to say…just beautiful.

  18. tom coughlin's coat holder says: Sep 15, 2009 3:37 PM

    jimicos…not funny.

  19. jimicos says: Sep 15, 2009 4:53 PM

    Holy apeshit. Tom Coughlin’s coat holder just talked to me.. I don’t think I’ve ever had a concussion.

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