Chargers chaplain Shawn Mitchell tells Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times that the family of Chargers linebacker Junior Seau has decided to allow his brain to be studied.
Seau died Wednesday of a gunshot wound to the chest. His death has been ruled a suicide.
Per Farmer, the family has not yet determined which group will conduct the study. The two leading — and competing — groups are the Sports Legacy Institute at Boston University and the Brain Injury Research Institute.
Mitchell said that the family hopes “to help other individuals down the road.”
Seau played pro football for 20 seasons. All but one came before the NFL launched its current efforts to ensure that players who have suffered concussions are removed from play and to protect certain defenseless players on each side of the ball from helmet-to-helmet hits.