January 27, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Late Giants safety Tyler Sash had CTE
Former New York Giants safety Tyler Sash had a high level of CTE when he died at age 27, according to the New York Times. Sash died from an accidental overdose of painkillers, and his family donated his brain to be studied for chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The Times reports that "representatives from Boston University and the Concussion Legacy Foundation notified the Sash family that CTE had been diagnosed in Tyler's brain and that the disease, which can only be confirmed only posthumously, had advanced to a stage rarely seen in someone his age." Sash dealt with "confusion, memory loss and minor fits of temper," that affected his ability to get a job after being cut by the Giants in 2013. Sash had a Stage 2 CTE, roughly the same level that Junior Seau was at when he committed suicide. Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.