Thomas Jones, who retired a year ago after 12 seasons as a running back in the National Football League, will allow his brain to be studied after his death for evidence of disease caused by repeated head injuries, ESPN said.
Jones told the broadcaster he will donate the organ to the Sports Legacy Institute, which will look for signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.
In 180 games for the Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs, Jones rushed for 10,591 yards and 68 touchdowns. He told ESPN he didn’t know how many concussions he suffered.
Jones’s company, Independently Major Entertainment Films, is editing a six-part documentary series, “The NFL: The Gift or the Curse?” The first episode deals with concussions and suicide, ESPN said.
Former linebacker Junior Seau’s family revealed Jan. 10 that his brain showed evidence of CTE when he committed suicide in May. Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowl selection who played the last of his 20 NFL seasons in 2009, was 43 at the time of his death.