Steve Young calls for football to 'do better' addressing CTE after suicide of ex-49ers teammate Greg Clark

San Francisco 49ers tight end Greg Clark (85) runs around Green Bay Packers Lamont Hollinhquest (56) and Craig Newsome (21) to score his group’s 2nd goal after capturing a pass from quarterback Steve Young (8) throughout 3rd quarter action in their NFL championship game January 3. GMH/KM

A neurosurgeon just recently validated what Greg Clark’s household long thought.

The previous San Francisco 49ers tight end was struggling with persistent distressing encephalopathy prior to taking his own life in 2015. Clark passed away of a self-inflicted gunshot injury at 49 years of ages in July 2021. At the time, his household launched a declaration that he had actually fought CTE signs prior to his death.

Boston University scientists who have actually given that analyzed Clark’s brain validated to the San Jose Mercury News and U.S.A. Today in stories released on Friday that he certainly struggled with Stage 3 CTE.

“CTE is a progressive disease and it gets worse as an individual ages,” Dr. Ann McKee informed the Mercury News. “Even though Greg retired before age 30, the disease continued to progress and it spread from those lesions, which is very classic for CTE. His disease had spread into the interior of brain, the parts that control learning and memory.”

Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young played his last 3 NFL seasons with Clark on the 49ers from 1997-99. Head injury likewise took its toll on Young, who suffered duplicated concussions throughout his NFL profession. Fear of long-term mental retardation contributed in his choice to retire after the 1999 season. He didn’t play once again after being knocked unconscious on a sack in a Week 3 video game versus the Arizona Cardinals.

He informed U.S.A. Today on Friday that “we’ve got to be better” assisting previous gamers deal with brain injury.

“It’s uncomfortable to think of individuals suffering calmly,’’ Young stated. “We’ve got to be much better. We’ve got to figure it out. It’s on a great deal of individuals’s minds, a great deal of gamers minds, how to produce an environment where individuals can share vulnerabilities and worries that most likely wouldn’t ever be shared anywhere else.”

While Young called for better treatment of former players suffering from CTE, he stopped short of criticizing football for its role causing it in the first place.

“I think people should be over trying to attack football,’’ Young told USA Today.

Per the Mayo Clinic, CTE is a degenerative brain condition connected with anxiety, amnesia, cognitive problems and behavioral modifications consisting of increased hostility to name a few conditions. It is thought to be brought on by repetitive head injury often seen amongst football gamers. It can just be identified through a post-mortem assessment of the brain.

CTE’s been identified in numerous previous NFL gamers who passed away by suicide consisting of previous San Diego Chargers fantastic Junior Seau. Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was identified with Stage 3 CTE post-mortem in 2017. Hernandez took his own life in a jail cell in 2017 while serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd.

McKee, the director of the CTE Center at BU, likewise validated Hernandez’s medical diagnosis.

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