Earn­hardt Jr. to do­nate brain

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Dale Earn­hardt Jr. tweeted this week­end that he in­tends to have his brain do­nated for con­cus­sion re­search af­ter his death. The pop­u­lar NASCAR driver was en­gag­ing with fans Satur­day on Twit­ter when he tweeted a link to a Sports Il­lus­trated ar­ti­cle about for­mer Oak­land Raiders de­cid­ing to do­nate their brains for head trauma re­search in honor of late for­mer team­mate Ken Stabler.

Stabler died of cancer last sum­mer, but it was later learned he also suf­fered from Stage 3 CTE, a de­gen­er­a­tive brain dis­ease that has been found in nu­mer­ous NFL play­ers.

A Twit­ter user com­mented to Earn­hardt that the trio’s in­ten­tion “sounds like a big com­mit­ment.” Earn­hardt re­sponded: “Why? What use is it to you at that point? I’m gonna do­nate mine.”


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