Arizona Cardinals Receiver Donates Brain to Medical Study; Yes, Football Players Have Brains
Arizona Cardinals receiver Sean Morey announced yesterday that he has agreed to donate his brain, plus some spinal-cord tissue, to a medical study being conducted at Boston University.
The donation, after death of course, is part of the "Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy -- a collaborative venture between BU Medical School and Sports Legacy Institute -- to better understand the long-term effects of repeated concussions."
"One of the most profound actions I can take personally is to donate my brain to help ensure the safety and welfare of active, retired, and future athletes for decades to come," Morey tells the Herald Tribune..
Morey may not be the optimal candidate for the study, since a receiver needs to get crushed coming across the middle, or something, to get a concussion, and the ninth-year pro ain't exactly Larry Fitzgerald.
Primarily a special-teams blocker, he has a mere 168 receiving yards over his career.
Morey's brain might be useful for another reason, though; he's not the typical football idiot some of us grew to hate back in high school. He graduated with honors from Brown University with a degree in organizational behavior and management, and broke several Ivy League records.
He's among 150 former athletes who have agreed to donate their brains to the study, but only one of three active NFL players.