Drew Wahlroos, former Rams linebacker, died on Saturday as a result of a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the chest. Wahlroos was only 37 years old and most recently played in the NFL in the 2005-2006 season. He played in 21 games throughout his time with the Rams. He was also known for his performance in college, a popular linebacker out of the University of Colorado. This is a tragic loss for all that were close to Wahlroos.
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Wahlroos’ death has implications far beyond typical sadness and grief. He shot himself in the chest, which is the typical cause of death for players who believe they are suffering from CTE. CTE is a degenerative brain disease found in athletes and other professionals who experience repetitive brain trauma. This is a big deal for the league, as a massive lawsuit was filed against them a few years ago. The result of that lawsuit was a one billion dollar settlement which the NFL is required to play out to former players.
The issue of CTE is changing the entire landscape of football, from peewee to professional. Individuals like Wahlroos who choose to commit suicide in this manner do so so that their brains can be researched. This will allow scientists and other researchers to gather information about the disease for the victims and their families. The research that has taken place in recent years is what laid the groundwork for the players lawsuit.
This story will likely be developing in the following days, after the family reveals details about the matter. Hopefully, Wahlroos’ death will not be in vain and his brain will be properly researched in order to learn more about CTE.