Special Report

Famous Football Players Known to Have Had CTE

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Colt Brennan (1983-2021)
> Position: Quarterback
> Years playing in the NFL: 2008-2010
> NFL teams: Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders
> Cause of death: Drug overdose

Cookie Gilchrist (1935-2011)
> Position: Fullback
> Years playing in the NFL: 1962-1967
> NFL teams: Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, Miami Dolphins
> Cause of death: Bladder cancer

Daniel Te’o-Nesheim (1987-2017)
> Position: Linebacker
> Years playing in the NFL: 2010-2013
> NFL teams: Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
> Cause of death: Lethal mixture of pills and alcohol

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Dave Duerson (1960-2011)
> Position: Safety
> Years playing in the NFL: 1983-1993
> NFL teams: Chicago Bears, New York Giants, Phoenix Cardinals
> Cause of death: Self-inflicted gunshot wound

Demaryius Thomas (1987-2021)
> Position: Wide receiver
> Years playing in the NFL: 2010-2019
> NFL teams: Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, New York Jets
> Cause of death: Seizure

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