Warren Sapp hopes one day his brain can help scientists sack CTE.
The Hall of Fame defensive tackle told The Players’ Tribune he’ll be donating his brain to science in order to help future players.
Sapp said his memory has been affected by the game and has had to watch former players suffer from concussions and CTE. He doesn’t want to see the same thing happen to the younger generation who is just starting to play football.
“I’ve also started to feel the effects of the hits that I took in my career. My memory ain’t what it used to be. And yeah, it’s scary to think that my brain could be deteriorating, and that maybe things like forgetting a grocery list, or how to get to a friend’s house I’ve been to a thousand times are just the tip of the iceberg,” Sapp wrote. “So when it comes to concussions, CTE and how we can make our game safer for future generations, I wanted to put my two cents in — to help leave the game better off than it was when I started playing.”
Sapp talked about being bothered by watching Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti suffer with his health. He said the 76-year-old’s body is starting to fail him and he has trouble with things like putting his shirt on.
The former Buccaneer plans to give his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, the organization which has found CTE in 91 of the 95 brains of former NFL players that have been studied.
Sapp spent 13 seasons in the NFL with the Buccaneers and Raiders. He finished his career with 96.5 sacks and 435 tackles in 198 games played.