Special Report

Famous Football Players Known to Have Had CTE

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Earl Morrall (1934-2014)
> Position: Quarterback
> Years playing in the NFL: 1956-1976
> NFL teams: San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Baltimore Colts, Miami Dolphins
> Cause of death: Complications from Parkinson’s disease

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Frank Gifford (1930-2015)
> Position: Running back
> Years playing in the NFL: 1952-1960, 1962-1964
> NFL teams: New York Giants
> Cause of death: Natural causes

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Fred McNeill (1952-2015)
> Position: Linebacker
> Years playing in the NFL: 1974-1985
> NFL teams: Minnesota Vikings
> Cause of death: Lou Gehrig’s disease

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Greg Clark (1972-2021)
> Position: Tide end
> Years playing in the NFL: 1997-2001
> NFL teams: San Francisco 49ers
> Cause of death: Self-inflicted gunshot wound

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John Grimsley (1962-2008)
> Position: Linebacker
> Years playing in the NFL: 1984-1993
> NFL teams: Houston Oilers, Miami Dolphins
> Cause of death: Accidental gunshot wound

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