Brain trauma found in Lew Carpenter

Lew Carpenter, who died last year after more than four decades
as an NFL player and coach, has been diagnosed with an advanced
stage of a degenerative brain disease increasingly found in
football players and other athletes who sustain repeated blows to
the head.

Researchers at Boston University and the Veterans Administration
Medical Center studying Carpenter’s brain found evidence of Chronic
Traumatic Encephalopathy.

Carpenter died last November at the age of 78. A college star at
Arkansas who was also offered a contract by baseball’s St. Louis
Cardinals, he spent 10 years in the NFL as a player for the
Packers, Lions and Browns. He coached for the Vikings, Falcons,
Redskins, Cardinals, Oilers, Packers, Lions and Eagles.