Leonard Marshall believes he was permanently damaged by concussions during a fantastic football career. And now he’s ready to do what he can to make sure it doesn’t happen to the next wave of football players.
Marshall, a former LSU star, announced Wednesday that he would join Pro Bowl QB Matt Hasselbeck in pledging his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation for research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy (better known as CTE), per a report from the Associated Press. The disease can only be diagnosed after death.
Marshall won two Super Bowls and earned a trip to two Pro Bowls as a member of the New York Giants. He played for LSU from 1979-82 before becoming a second-round selection of the Giants in the 1983 NFL Draft.
Per the report, Mashall — now 55 — has exhibited symptoms of CTE and also is in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. He has his own foundation to help fight football-related brain injuries that can be found at brainunitytrust.com.
“Do I wish I knew all the things we know now about concussions when I played? Sure,” Marshall said. “But I still think football is a great game. It just has to be approached the right way.”