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Chris Nowinski tells the story of how he became the first athlete brain chaser, cold-calling the families of famous athletes who just died to request their brain to research CTE. His brain bank now has over 500 donated brains, including nearly 200 NFL players, and nearly 3,000 athletes have pledged to donate. You can too at

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Chris Nowinski

Chris Nowinski

Chris Nowinski, Ph.D., is founding CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation ( a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to solving the concussion & CTE crisis through research, advocacy, and education. He is also co-founder of the Boston University (BU) CTE Center and the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank. A former Harvard football player and WWE Superstar, he wrote Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis after post-concussion syndrome ended his career in 2003. He received his doctorate in behavioral neuroscience from Boston University School of Medicine.