Junior Seau's family revisiting decision to donate his brain

I am not sure how the family will decide.  I understand the need to find closure and put him to rest.  But I also understand the need to know exactly what happen to their family remember. I just pray they can find some peace during this storm.

The family of Junior Seau is revisiting the decision to allow his brain to be examined for possible injuries from his football career.

"The Seau family is currently revisiting several important family decisions and placing them on hold in order to confer with their elders," according to a statement from Pastor Shawn Mitchell, longtime San Diego Charger chaplain and now pastor of the New Venture Christian Fellowship in Oceanside.

"All possibilities are being considered, but none will be acted upon until the Seaus arrive at an agreed upon direction," the statement said.

In the Samoan culture, family decisions are made after discussion among elders.

The issue of brain injuries among football players has been highlighted by the early death of several former players. Although Seau was not known publicly for having had concussions, that does not rule out the possibility that his brain was injured during his long career, specialists said.

Some observors have suggested similarities between the deaths of Seau and former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest last year. In a suicide note, Duerson had asked his family to donate his brain to the Boston University School of Medicine.

Researchers from that school later determined that Duerson suffered from a neurodegenerative disease linked to concussions, and that that played a role in triggering his depression.

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