Don Hasselbeck pledges his brain for concussion research

Don Hasselbeck, an NFL player in the 1970s and 1980s who is better known to today’s fans as the father of Matt and Tim Hasselbeck, is the latest in a growing number of football players who have agreed to donate their brains to science.

“I get concerned when I read articles of guys killing themselves or being depressed or dementia or Alzheimer’s,” Hasselbeck told Tim Graham of ESPN.com. “That scares you. You don’t want to see these guys falling apart in front of you.”

In the hope that his brain might provide researchers with some insight into how his concussions affected him, Hasselbeck (who estimates that he had at least 20 concussions during his playing career) will, upon his death, donate his brain to the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston
University School of Medicine for a research project examining the
health effects of head injuries suffered in football.

Other players who have agreed to donate their brains to the research include Ravens center Matt Birk, Cardinals receiver Sean Morey, former Miami Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas and former Raiders cornerback Mike Haynes.

14 responses to “Don Hasselbeck pledges his brain for concussion research

  1. Sean Morey? Are you kidding me? He only sees the field during practice, not games. Not sure where his concussions are coming from.

  2. Damn catch up PFT Hasselback talked about this on the view 2 or 3 weeks ago when he filled in for his wife.

  3. I think it’s great that current players are willing to donate their brains for this research, but what’s really needed is for more of the older generation–like the senior Hasslebeck–to jump on the bandwagon. At the risk of sounding callous, Matt Birk and Zach Thomas’ brains aren’t going to be dormant for another 30-40 years at least. It’s a worst case scenario if we need to wait another 40 years to get some analysis of the damage caused by multiple concussions. That research needs to be done sooner.
    And it shouldn’t be limited to football. I’ve got to believe hockey players suffer concussions. Aussie-rules football players, rodeo guys, etc…

  4. mann1976 says:
    February 10, 2010 8:33 PM
    Damn catch up PFT Hasselback talked about this on the view 2 or 3 weeks ago when he filled in for his wife.
    —————————–
    The View? Awwwwwkward!

  5. Elisabeth Hasselbeck ought to toss her’s in the ring. Here’s what doing Survivor and then sitting next to Rosie everyday will do to ya’…

  6. Hasselbecks = good people.
    Heard Tim speak at a FCA meeting several years ago and was impressed by his humility and desire to be a positive influence wherever he went. It would be nice if there were more stories here about people helping other people instead of adding to the turd watch.
    But then that doesn’t really generate a lot of comments.

  7. “Sean Morey? Are you kidding me? He only sees the field during practice, not games. Not sure where his concussions are coming from.”
    He was in the Pro Bowl last year, so he’s obviously doing something. And that something is him charging down the field in ST coverage with zero regard and blowing things up.

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