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Study: McHale had developed CTE

Updated: January 27, 2009, 8:59 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

TAMPA, Fla. -- Researchers at Boston University have diagnosed an ex-NFL player who died last year as having had a degenerative brain condition similar to Alzheimer's disease that has been linked to repeated head trauma.

Tom McHale, a nine-year NFL veteran who died in 2008 at the age of 45, was the sixth player examined by researchers connected with the Sports Legacy Institute for chronic traumatic encephalopathy -- and the sixth whose diagnosis was confirmed by a postmortem study of his ...

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