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Dave Duerson, NFL Star Commits Suicide gives Brain to Science 2/21/2011
Dave Duerson, NFL Star Commits Suicide gives Brain to Science 2/21/2011
Published: 2011/02/22
Channel: ABC News
Dave Duerson on Defensive Backs
Dave Duerson on Defensive Backs
Published: 2014/01/09
Channel: Ian Ward
Examining The Death Of Dave Duerson
Examining The Death Of Dave Duerson
Published: 2011/02/23
Channel: ESPNInternational
Dave Duerson Interview 2001 (REGION ARCHIVES)
Dave Duerson Interview 2001 (REGION ARCHIVES)
Published: 2011/02/20
Channel: Nick Mantis
10 NFL Players Tragically Affected by CTE
10 NFL Players Tragically Affected by CTE
Published: 2016/10/28
Channel: World 5 List
McFlurries and Autographs with former 85
McFlurries and Autographs with former 85' Chicago Bear Safety Dave Duerson
Published: 2008/08/05
Channel: mouthpiecesports1
Family blames tragedy on football
Family blames tragedy on football
Published: 2011/02/24
Channel: CNN
NFL Player Dave Duerson Suffered from Advanced CTE
NFL Player Dave Duerson Suffered from Advanced CTE
Published: 2011/05/02
Channel: Boston University
Andre Waters Philadelphia Eagles
Andre Waters Philadelphia Eagles
Published: 2016/08/07
Channel: PhillyChris3
1985 Chicago Bears  LBWilber Marshall hit on Detroit Lion QB Joe Ferguson in Dec 1985
1985 Chicago Bears LBWilber Marshall hit on Detroit Lion QB Joe Ferguson in Dec 1985
Published: 2015/03/03
Channel: Ironworker Jeff
Concussion: Andre Waters
Concussion: Andre Waters
Published: 2017/07/06
Channel: ElhamSuperY
DAVE DUERSON TRIBUTE
DAVE DUERSON TRIBUTE
Published: 2012/04/04
Channel: VoiceAmericaSport
McFlurries and Autographs with former 85
McFlurries and Autographs with former 85' Chicago Bear Safety Dave Duerson
Published: 2011/02/18
Channel: IPNetworksLLC
Study: Duerson Had Brain Damage
Study: Duerson Had Brain Damage
Published: 2011/05/02
Channel: Associated Press
DAVE DUERSON - ANDRE DAWSON (Bears & Cubs)-1988 ad for WGN Radio Chicago
DAVE DUERSON - ANDRE DAWSON (Bears & Cubs)-1988 ad for WGN Radio Chicago
Published: 2012/10/27
Channel: TheMotiondevotion
Concussion scene
Concussion scene
Published: 2016/09/05
Channel: Elena T
Duerson:
Duerson: 'We Just Gotta Get Our Nuts Hot'
Published: 2013/04/11
Channel: GoGloryDays
NFL great Dave Duerson
NFL great Dave Duerson 's brain to be donated
Published: 2011/02/20
Channel: CBS News
85 Bears Walter Payton Dave Duerson
85 Bears Walter Payton Dave Duerson's Fathers Day
Published: 2011/07/03
Channel: bwizzle22
Concussion: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje "Dave Duerson" Red Carpet Movie Premiere Interview
Concussion: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje "Dave Duerson" Red Carpet Movie Premiere Interview
Published: 2015/11/11
Channel: ScreenSlam
IPS Concussion Symptom Training with the Dave Duerson Athletic Safety Fund using Concussion Goggles
IPS Concussion Symptom Training with the Dave Duerson Athletic Safety Fund using Concussion Goggles
Published: 2015/10/28
Channel: Innocorp Ltd
Soulja boy Duerson Bennett, Miller reunion
Soulja boy Duerson Bennett, Miller reunion
Published: 2010/07/25
Channel: david lacey
Feb 27th Dave Duerson Althoff
Feb 27th Dave Duerson Althoff
Published: 2012/02/27
Channel: north2north1
Dave Duerson
Dave Duerson
Published: 2012/01/05
Channel: CecilBPas
022311 duerson
022311 duerson
Published: 2011/02/23
Channel: Fox News Insider
Dave Duerson
Dave Duerson
Published: 2013/04/11
Channel: Lauren Brenneman
Walter Payton Pranks with the 1985 Chicago Bears
Walter Payton Pranks with the 1985 Chicago Bears
Published: 2008/10/07
Channel: mouthpiecesports1
Claire Duerson
Claire Duerson
Published: 2014/05/16
Channel: ALCovenantUMC
Duerson, Bennett, miller reunion
Duerson, Bennett, miller reunion
Published: 2010/07/25
Channel: david lacey
use Dave Duerson in Tecmo Bowl
use Dave Duerson in Tecmo Bowl
Published: 2006/12/13
Channel: adamaxr
THEY COMMITTED SUICIDE Charmaine Dragun, Chris Kanyon, Dave Duerson
THEY COMMITTED SUICIDE Charmaine Dragun, Chris Kanyon, Dave Duerson
Published: 2017/06/03
Channel: Nammath 666
New Muncie Law and the Dave Duerson Foundation help to protect student athletes.
New Muncie Law and the Dave Duerson Foundation help to protect student athletes.
Published: 2012/07/04
Channel: Lucas Mayer
NFL great Dave Duerson
NFL great Dave Duerson 's brain to be donated
Published: 2011/02/20
Channel: CBS
OBM - Football Player - Dave Duerson
OBM - Football Player - Dave Duerson
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: Our Best Moments
use Dave Duerson in Tecmo Bowl
use Dave Duerson in Tecmo Bowl
Published: 2011/02/18
Channel: IPNetworksLLC
Duerson, Bennett, Miller reunion
Duerson, Bennett, Miller reunion
Published: 2010/07/25
Channel: david lacey
Dave Duerson: Football Safety
Dave Duerson: Football Safety
Published: 2017/09/26
Channel: WhoWhat
Duerson: Refrigerator Perry and His Coors Silver Bullets
Duerson: Refrigerator Perry and His Coors Silver Bullets
Published: 2013/04/11
Channel: GoGloryDays
TECMO BOWL (NES) - Dave Duerson for Secretary of the Interior  - Numbah 1 - Drinks Play
TECMO BOWL (NES) - Dave Duerson for Secretary of the Interior - Numbah 1 - Drinks Play
Published: 2015/06/07
Channel: Drinks Play
Kyler Duerson RH-P, Trinity vs Lewisville
Kyler Duerson RH-P, Trinity vs Lewisville
Published: 2017/03/23
Channel: Mike Duerson
Feb 22nd Dave Duerson Memoroboblia
Feb 22nd Dave Duerson Memoroboblia
Published: 2011/02/22
Channel: north2north1
The Dave Duerson Foundation Announces King-Devick Test Donation to CPS
The Dave Duerson Foundation Announces King-Devick Test Donation to CPS
Published: 2012/08/28
Channel: Chicago Public Schools
Charmayne Duerson
Charmayne Duerson
Published: 2017/05/21
Channel: NinasJourney
DAVE DUERSON & GARY FENCIK jammin "Sweet Home Chicago" - 1985 TV show
DAVE DUERSON & GARY FENCIK jammin "Sweet Home Chicago" - 1985 TV show
Published: 2012/10/27
Channel: TheMotiondevotion
Feb 21st Dave Duerson Rosemont
Feb 21st Dave Duerson Rosemont
Published: 2011/02/21
Channel: north2north1
Dave Duerson tribute
Dave Duerson tribute
Published: 2011/06/11
Channel: a99hhvxx
Hayden Duerson getting baptized
Hayden Duerson getting baptized
Published: 2011/04/24
Channel: duerson23
It Only Takes One PSA - 60 sec
It Only Takes One PSA - 60 sec
Published: 2012/10/19
Channel: MHAI Illinois
Duerson Duo Dance
Duerson Duo Dance
Published: 2015/04/15
Channel: Lameisha Moore
IN MEMORIAM 2012  (Vol.3)
IN MEMORIAM 2012 (Vol.3)
Published: 2012/07/02
Channel: MemoryMan1964
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Dave Duerson
No. 22, 26
Position: Safety
Personal information
Born: (1960-11-28)November 28, 1960
Muncie, Indiana
Died: February 17, 2011(2011-02-17) (aged 50)
Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school: Muncie (IN) Northside
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 1983 / Round: 3 / Pick: 64
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Interceptions: 20
INT yards: 226
Sacks: 16
Player stats at NFL.com

David Russell "Dave" Duerson (November 28, 1960 – February 17, 2011) was an American football safety in the National Football League (NFL) who played for the Chicago Bears (1983–1989), New York Giants (1990), and Phoenix Cardinals (1991–1993). He was selected to four consecutive Pro Bowls for NFL seasons 1985 through 1988.

At age 50, Duerson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Following his request, his brain was sent to the Boston University School of Medicine for research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Neurologists at Boston University confirmed that Duerson had CTE as a result of the concussions he suffered during his playing career.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Muncie, Indiana, Duerson played football, basketball, and baseball at Northside High School. Duerson's honors during his high school years included the 1979 Indiana Mr. Football.[1]

College career[edit]

Duerson played college football at the University of Notre Dame from 1979 to 1982,[2] and graduated with honors, with a BA in economics. He started all four years for the Fighting Irish, and earned recognition as an All-American in 1981 and 1982. Duerson was a captain and the team's MVP as a senior in 1982.

He was the winner of the Edward "Moose" Krause Distinguished Service Award in 1990 by the Notre Dame Monogram Club, of which he was a past president. He was also a member of the University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2005.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Taken in the third round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, Duerson was selected to four consecutive Pro Bowls (19861989). He won two Super Bowl championship rings, with the 1985 Bears (XX), and 1990 Giants (XXV). During the 1986 season, Duerson set an NFL record that stood for 19 years (Adrian Wilson, 2005) for most sacks in a season by a defensive back, with seven. He also intercepted six passes for 139 yards with a longest return of 38 yards. At season's end, Duerson was named first team All-Pro by Pro Football Weekly, the Pro Football Writers Association and The Sporting News and second team All-Pro by the Associated Press. In 1987, Duerson was the recipient of the NFL Man of the Year Award. In his 11 seasons, Duerson recorded 20 interceptions, which he returned for 226 yards, and 16 quarterback sacks. He also recovered five fumbles, returning them for 47 yards and a touchdown.

After football[edit]

Duerson owned three McDonald's restaurants in Louisville, Kentucky for six months, from late 1994 to April 1995. He purchased the majority interest in Fair Oaks Farms (formerly Brooks Sausage Company) in 1995.[3] He sold his stake in the company in 2002 and started Duerson Foods, but that company was forced into receivership in 2006 and most of its assets were auctioned off.[4]

Death[edit]

Duerson was found dead at his Sunny Isles Beach, Florida[5] home on February 17, 2011. The Miami-Dade County medical examiner reported that Duerson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.[6] He sent a text message to his family saying he wanted his brain to be used for research at the Boston University School of Medicine, which is conducting research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease, which can be caused by playing football.[7] He left behind three sons and a daughter from his marriage to ex-wife Alicia.[6]

On May 2, 2011, neurologists at Boston University confirmed that he suffered from CTE, which is linked to concussions.[8]

In popular media[edit]

Duerson was portrayed by actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje in the 2015 film Concussion. Duerson's family was displeased with how he was portrayed.[9] Duerson was also mentioned in the HBO series Ballers in reference to CTE with character Ricky Jerret.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "David R. Duerson". Indiana Football Hall of Fame. 2009. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Former Irish Safety Dave Duerson Passes Away". Athletics News. University of Notre Dame. February 18, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ Lloyd, Fonda Marie (October 1995). "We're black-owned". Black Enterprise. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ Pompei, Dan (February 18, 2011). "Ex-Bears star from '85 Super Bowl team found dead in Miami". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ Pompei, Dan (February 18, 2011). "Bears safety Dave Duerson dead at 50". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Foley, Stephen (February 22, 2011). "Tragic NFL star's last wish could shed new light on game's risks". The Independent. London. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  7. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (February 22, 2011). "Dave Duerson's son: "He was hoping to be a part of an answer"". Profootballtalk.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved February 26, 2011. 
  8. ^ Schwarz, Alan (May 2, 2011). "Dave Duerson Found to Have the Brain Trauma He Suspected". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ Schilken, Chuck (December 15, 2015). "Dave Duerson's family objects to his portrayal in 'Concussion'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 14, 2017. 

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