Chronic traumatic encephalopathy can only be tested post-mortem, but George Visger, who suffers from hydrocephalus, has offered his brain for testing next time he needs brain surgery.
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A defensive lineman on the San Francisco 49ers’ first Super Bowl champions in 1981-82, George Visger has lived with a shunt in his brain ever since — a consequence of the cumulative concussions. He is now a prominent figure in the fight for fair treatment of retired NFL players.
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