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Conrad Dobler’s brain to be donated for CTE research

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Conrad Dobler’s brain is being donated to researchers studying the the link traumatic brain injury and CTE, two children of the former NFL standout told USA TODAY Sports Wednesday.

Dobler, a three-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman whose NFL career spanned from 1972-81, died Monday in Pueblo, Colorado, at 72. His son, Stephen, and daughter, Holli, said there will be no effort to identify a cause of death until his brain is studied at Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Center.

Along with his brain, Dobler’s spine and other tissue will be donated to the program at Boston University.

“He was very proactive in really wanting to donate his brain for future players to get ahead,’’ Stephen Dobler said, “And he was very strong in believing that he probably have CTE.’’

FILE - St. Louis Cardinals' Conrad Dobler (66) leads the march off the field at the end of practice at the Cardinals' training camp at St. Charles, Mo., Aug. 5, 1977. Dobler, one of the NFL's top offensive linemen with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1970s, has died. He was 72. The Cardinals announced Dobler died Monday,

Holli Dobler said over the past five years her father struggled increasingly with memory loss, decision making and day-to-day activity.

“It was degenerative,’’ she said. “It was progressively getting worse.’’

The results on the study of Dobler’s brain will be available in nine to 12 months, according to Stephen and Holli Dobler.

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