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NFL mother seeks answers after son's death

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The National Institutes of Health announced Thursday that former NFL linebacker, Junior Seau, suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a brain disease that results from too many brain injuries.

Seau committed suicide in May of 2012 at the age of 43.

In January of 2009, Bridge City native and former NFL lineman, Shane Dronette, committed suicide. He was also diagnosed with CTE.

Dronette's mother, Candace Henry, is seeking answers from the NFL and is wanting laws changed.

"I want the laws changed that a parent has the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit in a case that is wrongful and they're negligent," says Henry.

Henry says her son lived the American dream by playing in the NFL; but, says the injuries that come with playing, aren't worth losing a life.

"The whole thing is they want to get to the super bowl. He got there but he's dead. This super bowl jacket isn't worth it. This game ball isn't worth it," says Henry as she held onto Dronette's memorabilia.

Henry says she has called the NFL commissioner since 2009 and has not heard back from him.

She says she believes the NFL knows it's players suffer injuries but that the league keeps them in the game to win without worrying about their health.

12 News HD spoke with a neurosurgeon who says CTE is an ongoing problem in America.

"More and more we are seeing this problem with football players. If you look across the country in emergency rooms, it's something more recognized now-a-days", says Remi Nader, M.D.

Henry says she will continue to fight until something is changed.

"To the NFL he was just a number. But, he was my kid. He was my baby," she says.

Last year, more than 2,000 former NFL players sued the league claiming the NFL misled them for decades about the risks of brain injuries.

Provost Umphrey Law firm is representing some of those players.

Attorney Matt Matheny says "The findings of Junior Seau's brain study is further evidence that CTE is a traumatic brain injury and playing in the NFL causes long term neurological damage."

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