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.”

19 responses to “Birk among trio donating brain to concussion research

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

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

  3. 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!!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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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    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.

  8. 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.

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