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Former NFL star Demaryius Thomas’ family says he had CTE

Former NFL star Demaryius Thomas, who died last December at age 33, had CTE, his family said Tuesday. Boston University CTE Center researchers diagnosed the four-time Pro Bowl receiver with stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy after a brain study through the Concussion Legacy Foundation. Thomas’ family released the study’s findings. “Once I became aware of CTE and started to become familiar with the symptoms, I noticed that Demaryius was isolating himself and saw other changes in him,” said Katina Smith, Demaryius’ mother. in a statement. “He was so young and it was horrible to watch him struggle. His father and I hope all families learn the dangers of playing football. We don’t want other parents to have to lose their children like we did.” Stage 2 CTE is associated with “progressive behavior, cognitive abnormalities, and mood disorders.” Family members say Thomas developed depression, anxiety, panic attacks and memory problems in the years before his death. Stage 4 is the most severe stage of CTE and is usually associated with dementia. “Like so many that have gone before, we found stage 2 CTE in Demaryius Thomas’ brain. The question I keep asking myself is “When will enough be enough?” When will athletes, parents and the general public stop ignoring the dangers of American football and insist that the game be changed to reduce concussions?” said Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology for the VA Boston Healthcare System and director of the BU CTE Center and the VA-BU-CLF/UNITE Brain Bank. The co-founder and CEO of CLF, Dr. Chris Nowinski arranged the study through Thomas’ family. “The football community would have no idea why so many former players struggle with neurological disorders after their careers without the families saying yes to brain donation, so I want to thank Bobby Thomas and Katina Smith — and all the families — for their trust in Dr. McKee and this team,” said Nowinski, a former football player at Harvard. “I hope this is a wake-up call to current and former high-profile NFL players that CTE is rampant among them and they need to get involved in creating real solutions. CTE should be their number one concern off the field.” Thomas is one of more than 300 former NFL players diagnosed with CTE by McKee and the BU CTE Center research team. Thomas’ cause of death has yet to be identified. In 2021, Thomas began experiencing seizures. McKee told ABC News she believes the seizures were due to severe injuries off the football field, including a car accident and a fall down stone stairs. “The same CTE doesn’t cause death. You don’t die of CTE. What CTE does is it changes your behavior and your personality,” McKee said. Thomas played 10 seasons in the NFL for the Denver Broncos, New York Jets and Houston Texans. He won a Super Bowl with the Broncos and Peyton Manning after the 2015 season. Thomas had 724 catches for 9,763 yards and 63 touchdowns.

Former NFL star Demaryius Thomas, who died last December at age 33, had CTE, his family said Tuesday.

Boston University CTE Center researchers diagnosed the four-time Pro Bowl receiver with stage 2 chronic traumatic encephalopathy after a brain study through the Concussion Legacy Foundation. Thomas’ family released the study’s findings.

“Once I became aware of CTE and became familiar with the symptoms, I noticed that Demaryius was isolating and saw other changes in him,” Katina Smith, Demaryius’ mother, said in a statement. “He was so young and it was horrible to watch him struggle. His father and I hope all families learn the dangers of playing football. We don’t want other parents to have to lose their children like we did.”

Stage 2 CTE is associated with “progressive behavior, cognitive abnormalities, and mood disorders.” Family members say Thomas developed depression, anxiety, panic attacks and memory problems in the years before his death. Stage 4 is the most severe stage of CTE and is usually associated with dementia.

“Like so many that have gone before, we found stage 2 CTE in Demaryius Thomas’ brain. The question I keep asking myself is “When will enough be enough?” When will athletes, parents and the general public stop ignoring the dangers of American football and insist that the game be changed to reduce concussions?” said Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology for the VA Boston Healthcare System and director of the BU CTE Center and the VA-BU-CLF/UNITE Brain Bank.

The co-founder and CEO of CLF, Dr. Chris Nowinski, arranged the study through Thomas’s family.

“The football community would have no idea why so many ex-players struggle with neurological disorders after their careers without the families who say yes to brain donation, so I want to thank Bobby Thomas and Katina Smith – and all the families – for their trust in Dr. McKee and this team,” said Nowinski, a former football player at Harvard. “I hope this is a wake-up call to current and former high-profile NFL players that CTE is rampant among them and they need to get involved in creating real solutions. CTE should be their number one issue off the field.”

Thomas is one of 300 former NFL players diagnosed with CTE by McKee and the BU CTE Center research team.

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Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas catches a pass before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Denver, Sept. 9, 2018.

Thomas’ cause of death has not yet been determined. In 2021, Thomas began experiencing seizures. McKee told ABC News she believes the seizures were due to severe traumatic injuries off the football field, including a car crash and a fall down stone stairs.

“CTE itself does not cause death. You don’t die of CTE. What CTE does is it changes your behavior and your personality,” McKee said.

Thomas played 10 seasons in the NFL for the Denver Broncos, New York Jets and Houston Texans. He won a Super Bowl with the Broncos and Peyton Manning following the 2015 season.

Thomas had 724 catches for 9,763 yards and 63 touchdowns.

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