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CarePlus to Honor Former NFL Giant at 2016 Courage Awards

Leonard MarshallThe CarePlus Foundation will honor former NFL star Leonard A. Marshall at the 18th Annual Courage Awards Gala on Wednesday Junes 8th at the Venetian in Garfield, NJ.

Marshall spent twelve seasons on NFL fields and played as a defensive end of the Giants for ten of those seasons. He was a starter when the Giants won Super Bowl XXI and XXV. Unfortunately, traumatic brain injury came with his success in the league. His struggle with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) inspired him to become an advocate for the disease.

The effects of brain injury and concussions have recently come into the spotlight. Repetitive head trauma can lead to the development of CTE, which is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain. Many professional athletes are vulnerable because of the nature of the game, specifically in contact sports. Even the NFL has started to do their part to educate the public and spread awareness around the issue.

“A lot of us who have experienced this disease first hand are doing our best to pay it forward,” explained Marshall. “There are a lot of individuals and families out there that are swimming for knowledge about traumatic brain injury and cognitive disabilities as they relate to professional sports.”

Marshall is one of the individuals that have been diagnosed with CTE,

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