Dave Duerson's secret life and tragic end

As Dave had requested, tissue from his brain was sent to be tested at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy. Those results won't be available for at least another month.

Because his meager belongings are still under bankruptcy claim, the locks on Dave's apartment have been changed, and his 21-year-old son Brock was recently denied entry.

A week after Dave's death, sports blog Deadspin posted an interview he had done with journalist Rob Trucks the previous November. In the candid chat, Dave professed he never expected to live beyond age 42, retold the story of Buddy Ryan and the racial slur — an account angrily denied by Rex Ryan — and even took aim at his own family for scheduling his father's funeral on Dave's birthday.

Dave Duerson, Muncie Indiana's golden child, was an All-American safety at the University of Notre Dame. View our Dave Duerson slide show.
Photo courtesy of the Duerson family
Dave Duerson, Muncie Indiana's golden child, was an All-American safety at the University of Notre Dame. View our Dave Duerson slide show.
Dave treated his niece Yvette like a little sister.
Photo courtesy of the Duerson family
Dave treated his niece Yvette like a little sister.

Asked what she thought of the interview, Yvette doesn't hesitate: "It was stubborn, confrontational, a little bit full of crap."

She squeezes more affection into those words than one might think possible. "That was the real Dave — the Dave I knew."

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Twin2090
Twin2090

Rest in peace dave and may God bless you. Hope you enjoy heaven

Bears Fan
Bears Fan

R.I.P. Dave. I hope you now have the peace you didn't have before.

I too had a friend of mine that played for the Jets in the 80's, Tom Baldwin. He too took his own life. Very sad indeed.

Danny Domer
Danny Domer

His downward spiral started in the incident at the Morris Inn on the campus of the University of Notre Dame - the altercation with his wife resulted in disgrace and ND dumping him from the board and blacklisting him. That's the thanks he got from ND. If it wasn't for how ND treated him, I am convinced he would not have spiraled downward like he did. So sad, so very very sad.

thegreatbillbrasky
thegreatbillbrasky

Come on Gus, it's the University of Notre Dame. This isn't hard...

Ttsturrup
Ttsturrup

my cousin johnny sawyer played for buffalo bills in the 80''s he liked dave duerson commited same act .

 
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