MSU, UofM among 15 football programs with most brain disease cases

Concussion Legacy Foundation: Cases of CTE found in all Power 5 conferences

A brain scan showing a concussion. (AP file photo)

BOSTON (WOOD) — Michigan State University has the highest number of confirmed cases of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy involving football players, according to a new report by the Concussion Legacy Foundation.

The analysis is based on data from the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, which is a collaborative project involving the Department of Veterans Affairs, Boston University and the Concussion Legacy Foundation.

A total of 15 colleges made the list, with three or more confirmed cases of CTE. The Concussion Legacy Foundation said MSU had seven confirmed CTE cases, which included Earl Morrall, Dick Proebstle and Bubba Smith. The University of Michigan also made the list with three confirmed CTE cases, which included Rob Lytle.

The Concussion Legacy Foundation said players from more than 100 college football programs have been diagnosed with CTE. All of the Power 5 conferences had at least one school on the list.

Chris Nowinski, co-founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, said the data is not meant to paint any school in a negative light; instead, it’s meant to show how widespread the problem is.

So far, 91 percent of football players studied at the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank who played in college have been diagnosed with CTE. Nearly two-thirds of that group went on to play professional football, the Concussion Legacy Foundation said.


Concussion Legacy Foundation CTE report