Shane Dronett: the late Denver Bronco is the subject of a Sanjay Gupta CNN report
The topic of concussions and NFL football players continues to make news, even in the off-season, as CNN tells the heartbreaking story today of former lineman Shane Dronett, who killed himself in 2009, three years after retiring.
Dronett was drafted in the second round by the Denver Broncos in 1992 and played four seasons here, racking up 21 sacks, before joining former Broncos coach Dan Reeves in Atlanta. His career ended in 2006 after a series of knee injuries.
In the story CNN's medical reporter, Sanjay Gupta, reports on Dronett's "transformation from an affable prankster, quick to flash a wry smile, to a person who was often frightened -- and frightening..."
It also tells of how scientists in Boston "confirmed that before he died he was suffering with a brain disease -- chronic traumatic encephalopathy -- that seems to afflict football players."
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