Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski had CTE, parents say

Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski had CTE, parents say

Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski had CTE, parents say

Hilinski was just 21 years old when he was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after not showing up for practice on January 16.

The Hilinskis told Kotb the Mayo Clinic studied Tyler's brain and found evidence of CTE. A study published past year in the Journal of the American Medical Association found CTE in the brains of 99 percent of NFL players and 91 percent of college football players who were examined.

In the Sports Illustrated documentary, Kym says: "I remember being like kind of numb because you don't think your son is gonna die and you certainly don't think he's going to kill himself".

Tyler Hillinski played high school football at Upland and was expected to contend for the starting job at Washington State this fall. Probably. Was that the only thing that contributed to this death? "We need to erase the stigma", Kym Hilinski said. "We wanted to know everything we could and find out anything we could".

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"The medical examiner said he had the brain of a 65-year-old", her husband, Mark, said. Parents of Tyler Hilinski, the promising football player who took his own life at 21, discuss the findings from their son's autopsy.

Tyler's brother, Ryan, is also a talented quarterback and has committed to play at SC in 2019. "I don't think so", Hilinski's mother, Kym, said in the SI documentary. Ryan Hilinski will be a high school senior next season and has committed to play quarterback for SC in 2019.

His family noticed other, seemingly minor changes in Tyler after the Arizona loss. He was slated to start at quarterback for Washington State and apparently showed no signs of depression or abnormal behavior prior to his suicide. "So I have to do what most moms do and just hide what I feel".

Washington State said it's adding more safeguards to help students, including a second formal mental health screening for all football players and meetings with all varsity sports athletes to consider mental health risks. They've created a nonprofit called the Hilinski's Hope Foundation. "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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