( CNN ) Iconic BMX biker Dave Mirra was found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy( CTE ), the same brain cancer that has been diagnosed in a number of former professional football players, including Junior Seau and Ken Stabler. Mirra is the first extreme athletic athlete to be diagnosed with the disease.
The Concussion Legacy Foundation announced that Charles “Bubba” Smith
, a two-time Pro Bowl pick and performer, also was diagnosed with CTE .
Smith played for the Balitmore Colts, Oakland Raiders
and the Houston Oiler. He eventually started acting and was best known for his role as Moses Hightower in the “Police Academy” movies.
Smith passed away in 2011. He was 66 and had significant memory loss and had difficulty living on his own. His brain was studied by the V-ABU-CLF Brain Bank
. He is among the 90 of 94 former NFL players the bank has diagnosed with CTE.
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