4th Aussie rules football player had CTE before death
MELBOURNE (AP) — A former captain of a champion team in Australian rules football has been posthumously diagnosed as having a debilitating neurological disorder that is linked to head trauma and concussions.
Murray Weideman was the Collingwood Magpies’ captain and led them to victory over Melbourne in 1958 of the Victorian Football League. He joined Danny Frawley and Graham Farmer in being diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The Victorian Football League was the precursor to the current Australian Football League.
Weideman was buried Saturday in the wake of the Australian Sports Brain Bank report.
Weideman passed away in February, just one day after his 85th Birthday. His family discussed the possibility of Weideman’s brain being donated after Weideman noticed significant changes in his personality over the years.
“His son Mark Weideman said that his father told him, “Dad, this is what we have to do, and we have to help.” “The better the future will be, the more science we can gather and the more evidence we have,” Mark Weideman said to News Corp. media.
“He was 100% behind it. You don’t really think about it because your life goes along pretty smoothly for a long time, but then it kicks in late.”
Farmer, who played with the Geelong Cats, was the first Aussie rules footballer diagnosed with CTE in February 2020. Tuck, a former Richmond midfielder, was deemed to have the “worst case” of CTE by the brain bank when the results were released in January.
Frawley was killed in 2019 when he was just 56.. According to a Victorian Coroners Court report, Frawley was suffering from depression at the time he crashed his car into an outside tree in Melbourne. At the time of impact, police estimated that his car was travelling at least 130 km per hour (80 miles.
Frawley, who played 230 matches for the St. Kilda Saints from 1984-1995, had spoken publicly about his mental health battles. On the day of his death, no alcohol or illicit drugs were detected in his system. He was then posthumously diagnosed as having CTE. Anita Frawley, Anita’s wife, said that he was “never the exact same” after receiving treatment for depression.
” To his family, Mr. Frawley could lie in bed all week, be extremely needy but would be able “to put on a brave face and give the appearance that normal functioning is possible,” said the report.
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