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Matt Hasselbeck, Leonard Marshall will donate brains to CTE research

In recent years, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) has taken over headlines as the correlation between concussions and the brain disease, especially when it comes to NFL players.

Former Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and Super Bowl-winning defensive lineman Leonard Marshall are the latest former players to take CTE research a step further by donating their brains to be studied, the Concussion Legacy Foundation announced Wednesday.

With a 2014 National Health Interview Survey identifying 1.6 percent of Americans as either gay or lesbian, it’s likely that closeted draft prospects or veteran players have crossed the NFL radar since Sam made his proclamation three years ago. But rather than embolden others to follow suit with their own announcements, ex-Cleveland Browns CEO Joe Banner believes the opposite has occurred.

“Unfortunately, I think the answer probably is they’re a little more hesitant,” Banner told co-host Zig Fracassi and me last weekend on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Banner was finishing his Browns tenure in February 2014 at the same time Sam dropped a bombshell by publically revealing his sexuality three months before the NFL draft. Banner said Sam already was off Cleveland’s draft board at that time solely because of football reasons.

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