Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski had CTE, parents say

Tyler Hilinski Former Washington State Quarterback Who Took His Own Life Had CTE

Tyler Hilinski Former Washington State Quarterback Who Took His Own Life Had CTE

"Did football kill Tyler?" Head injuries, CTE, and football have been linked before: "In a convenience sample of 202 deceased players of American football from a brain donation program, CTE was neuropathologically diagnosed in 177 players across all levels of play (87%), including 110 of 111 former National Football League players (99%)", according to the results of an original investigation by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Did he get CTE from football?

Tyler's younger brother is Ryan Hilinski, the No. 2 pro-style QB prospect in the nation for the 2019 recruiting cycle and current SC commit.

Speaking Tuesday to NBC's "Today", Mark and Kym Hilinski said the Mayo Clinic conducted the autopsy on Tyler, who died at 21 on January 16 in Pullman, Washington. "I think Tyler would want me to do the same thing", he told Sports Illustrated.

"We were in complete shock", the quarterback's father, Mark, said on "Today". The Hilinksi family said they were told that their son's brain resembled that of a 65-year-old person. "He didn't know what he was doing when he had that AR-15", Kym said. The documentary centers around the Hilinski family searching for answers into what exactly caused his death, and if their son having CTE contributing to his suicide.

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Kym (Hilinski's mother) read the first sentence-"After reviewing the tissue we can confirm that he had the pathology of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)"-and started to reconsider her entire search". The Hilinski family has been invited to raise the Cougar flag prior to the season opener against San Jose State on September 8. "And to realize that the sport that he loved may have contributed to that diagnosis". "I'm going to do everything that Tyler wanted to do with football". On one hand, they intend to be supportive of Ryan.

Kym Hilinski said they were shocked and numb after finding out that he had shot himself. "So I have to do what most moms do and just hide what I feel". But they told Sports Illustrated that Tyler had become less responsive to calls and text messages late last season and after a family vacation to Mexico in January.

The Hilinskis chose to go public with their story so they can help others. "There's not enough out there for these lovely athletes that give of themselves to their colleges, but their minds aren't taken care of".

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