At least four fixtures of Alabama’s great teams of the 1960s had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., at their deaths. Researchers expect it in other players, too.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Near the end, his brain deteriorated after almost a lifetime around football, Ray Perkins was still captivated by the sport.
Perkins, who played and coached at Alabama and led the N.F.L.’s Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, asked once for his whistle. Twice, he clutched his aged briefcase and announced that he had a meeting. Years out of coaching, he sometimes looked through his playbooks anyway.
Then, in the months before his death in 2020 at 79, the Perkins family edged toward letting
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