The family of Corwin Brown, the former NFL player and assistant coach who has been hospitalized for a self-inflicted gunshot wound, has released a statement suggesting that brain damage suffered on the field led to Brown’s suicide attempt.
The Brown family said that it believes Corwin suffered the same kind of brain injuries as Dave Duerson, the former NFL player who committed suicide in February and whose autopsy revealed a neurodegenerative disease linked to concussions.
“Many are asking, what would cause a young man who has been blessed beyond all measure, with a life so promising that he would put himself and his family in harm’s way? We believe Corwin is suffering from symptoms similar to those experienced by the late Dave Duerson and were caused by the many notable collisions during Corwin’s career in the NFL,” the family’s statement says.
The family said it has reached out to Dr. Robert Cantu, a neurologist who has led a group of doctors studying the brains of deceased NFL players.
“We can no longer remain silent and we believe it is important that his former teams, teammates, coaches and the NFL to understand the severity of this situation,” the statement says.
The 41-year-old Brown played college football at Michigan and then played for the Patriots, Jets and Lions in the NFL. He has been an assistant coach for the Jets and Patriots, as well as at Virginia and Notre Dame.