According to WBZ Boston reporter Ann Meiler, the family of Aaron Hernandez is donating his brain to science. This has been an increasingly common thing concerning football players, especially those who either die tragically and violently or commit heinous crimes.
There have been a number of NFL players who have been in trouble with the law, especially post-career. After years of studying football’s effects on the brain, doctors have blamed CTE for a wide variety of mental and emotional issues football players experience.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease found in people who have had a severe blow or repeated blows to the head. Research over the last decade has shown it to be commonly found in pro and college football players. The disease was the basis of the movie "Concussion" starring Will Smith.
Jose Baez: The family of Aaron Hernandez has decided to donate Aaron's brain to study #Wbz— Anna Meiler (@AnnaMeiler) April 20, 2017
From suicidal thoughts to irrational behavior, Hernandez ran the gamut. In the past, scientists have also secured the brains of certain murderers and Hernandez fell into that category as well. Why not try to find out what the heck the kid was thinking? His thought process though morbid and erratic, has got to be fascinating.
This isn’t as far fetched or unusual a move as it seems, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Hernandez’s brain was scrambled on all channels up there because he played football the way he lived life; hard, with reckless abandon and to the last whistle.