"This bill honors my family's hope and my father's legacy to protect future athletes and the future of football," said Tregg Duerson, the son of the man for whom the bill is named.
Dave Duerson was a member of the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears who killed himself in 2011 at the age of 50. In a note left to his family, he outlined his symptoms associated with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Dave shot himself in the chest in order to preserve his brain, requesting that his family donate it to science. Studies concluded he suffered from CTE.