Four former CFL players discuss donating their brains to science
At the Angelo Mosca fundraiser for Alzheimer’s research, some ex-CFLers shared their thoughts.
The Star surveyed former CFL stars who attended the Angelo Mosca fundraiser for Alzheimer’s research about their thoughts on whether they would consider donating their brains to science.
Here’s what they had to say:
Matt Dunigan, 54, quarterback for six CFL teams, including Toronto (1983-1996)
“When I learned about Charles (Tator) and the Canadian Sports Concussion project, I had lunch with Charles. I knew I had risked life and limb here in Canada and that’s a project I wanted to be involved with. So I committed to donating my brain to science.”
Chris Walby, 58, offensive lineman, Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1981-1996)
“If I can be a small part of research into what causes it and what can maybe help it down the road, sure. Look, you’re gone so to me, why go into the ground? I don’t want to sound morbid, but if they can find something from it why not?”
Joe Poplawski, 58, wide receiver, Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1978-1986)
“I haven’t made up my mind; it’s a hard subject to address. When you play the game, you almost feel a certain amount of invincibility. When you do this sort of thing (donating your brain), you are almost admitting you’re not invincible.”
Leo Ezerins, 59, linebacker, Winnipeg and Hamilton (1978-1987) and president of CFL Alumni Association
“They (Sport Concussion Project) wanted to do a study on hockey players. I sat in on a meeting. After the meeting, I overheard them saying they’d be able to do the clinical studies probably, but they’re going to have trouble getting brains. I said to them ‘I can get you brains.’ ”