Former South Carolina wide receiver Sidney Rice will donate his brain to medical research after his death.
Rice and New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford, who said he he will do the same, made a joint announcement on Tuesday to coincide with Brain Injury Awareness Month, according to Reuters report. They appeared on Fox News' “Fox and Friends.”
Rice retired from the Seattle Seahawks this past July at the age of 27 over worries about the long-term effects of absorbing so many blows to the head.
Rice said he had at least 10 concussions since he was 8 years old.
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"I had my fair share of fun in the NFL," said Rice. "Unfortunately, I wasn't educated enough on (what) concussions can lead to. The brain studies by the doctors will be huge to help, maybe prevent."
The high incidence of degenerative brain disease in former players led thousands of former NFL players to file a lawsuit and win a settlement with the league over future health costs that could end up costing $1 billion.
“No one was really paying a lot of attention to the concussions (in the past); guys would get hurt, get a concussion and go right back in the game," Rice said. "Now they’re taking the steps, taking the strides to make it a better league.”