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Duerson is the powerful, tragic story of how one football champion's life first blossomed and then bottomed out after his NFL career ended. It is the story of a player whose fate propelled the conversations about the NFL and chronic brain trauma onto the national stage.
Dave Duerson committed suicide on February 17, 2011, by shooting himself in the chest. The preceding decade had not been kind. Duerson's mother passed away in 2003; in 2005, he was charged with spousal abuse. In 2006, his company, Duerson Foods, filed for bankruptcy, and in 2008 his 25-year marriage ended in divorce. He complained of headaches, memory loss, and confusion, and in his last texts to family, he requested that his brain be donated for research. May 2012 findings showed that Duerson did indeed suffer from the effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
The tragedy of Dave Duerson is that he is just one of many former athletes facing these conditions. Football players and hockey players at all levels are seeing their colleagues affected; former NFL linebacker Junior Seau's May 2012 suicide—also a gunshot to the chest—was a painful reminder that Duerson's story is not unique.
Duerson chronicles the early promising success of Dave Duerson after his NFL career, and then the last decade of decline as his personal, professional, and medical problems worsened. More than just the tragic story of one man, Duerson is a powerful reminder of the long-term health risks professional athletes face. The Chicago Tribune's powerful reporting brings these issues to the forefront of our national discussion on sports, entertainment, and health, while also shedding light on one man’s struggle through his unresolved medical issues.
Subtitle Triumph, Trauma and Tragedy in the NFL
Author Chicago Tribune Staff
Title First Published 22 January 2013
Nb of pages
Reference no. 978-1-57284-410-0
Publication Date 22 January 2013
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