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The Morning Stake | 2019.12.04

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A troubled ex-USC football star died at 31. His family hoped that studying his brain for CTE would help others. If you ever wanted to know the exact process as to how brains that are suspected to have CTE are delivered to Boston for testing and how they are physically cut up and what doctors look for, well, then today is your lucky day. Via the Los Angeles Times:

When a courier service delivered Kevin Ellison’s brain to the Bedford VA Medical Center near Boston just after 2 p.m. on Jan. 22, Dr. Victor Alvarez performed the routine he has done so many times that he’s stopped counting.

The neuropathologist unpacked the box, weighed the brain and examined it for contusions or hemorrhages. He snapped dozens of pictures with various exposures to capture differences in shape and color not apparent to the naked eye.

Alvarez processes most of the brains donated to the partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs, Boston University CTE Center and the Concussion Legacy Foundation. He moves with care and speed, knowing each brain represents a family searching for answers.
Ellison’s family donated his brain to be studied for CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the devastating neurodegenerative disease found in people who have suffered repeated head trauma but can be diagnosed only after death. Football players are its most prominent victims.

It had been three months since Ellison died at age 31 — and nearly a decade since his days on the football field as a hard-hitting defensive back, team captain and fan favorite at USC. He went on to play one season for the San Diego Chargers. The three words tattooed on his left arm summed up his approach to life: “Be the best.”

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Discussing Jordan Love. Jordan Love (6-4/225) is the quarterback at Utah State, this past year was his junior year and he was okay, over 3,000+ yards, 17 touchdowns and something like 16 interceptions. In 2018 with Yost and Wells, Love threw for 3,500+ yards, 32 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. There’s the thought that Love could declare for the NFL Draft or he could be a graduate transfer, a possible landing spot could be Texas Tech. This would be a one-year sort of situation and I’d love for you all to discuss the pros and cons of such situation if he were to transfer to Texas Tech. I don’t know how likely this is, it’s just one of those things that’s being discussed and there’s probably a bit of smoke, but I don’t know if there’s actual fire to anything just yet.

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