Hall-of-Famer Frank Gifford is the latest former NFL player to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) found in his brain after death, according to his family.
Gifford passed away in August at his Connecticut home at the age of 84.
The family released a statement through NBC news saying that Gifford suffered from unspecified “cognitive and behavioral symptoms” towards the end of his life.
The statement goes on to say the family “made the difficult decision to have his brain studied in hopes of contributing to the advancement of medical research concerning the link between football and traumatic brain injury.”
Gifford played with the New York Giants from 1952 until 1964. He led them to a league championship in 1956 and later joined the Monday Night Football booth beginning in 1971.
“We decided to disclose our loved one’s condition to honor Frank’s legacy of promoting player safety dating back to his involvement in the formation of the NFL Players Association in the 1950s,” the statement read. “His entire adult life Frank was a champion for others, but especially for those without the means or platform to have their voices heard. He was a man who loved the National Football League until the day he passed, and one who recognized that it was — and will continue to be — the players who elevated this sport to its singular stature in American society.”
His widow, Kathie Lee Gifford, is a host for “Today” on NBC.