WSU quarterback Tyler Hilinski suffered from CTE when he killed himself

Tyler Hilinski Former Washington State Quarterback Who Took His Own Life Had CTE

Hilinski, a backup quarterback for the Cougars, committed suicide at an apartment on January 16.

During an appearance on NBC's Today show, Hilinski's parents revealed Stage 1 chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) had ravaged their son's brain and likely played a role in his death. Head injuries, CTE, and football have been linked before: "In a convenience sample of 202 deceased players of American football from a brain donation program, CTE was neuropathologically diagnosed in 177 players across all levels of play (87%), including 110 of 111 former National Football League players (99%)", according to the results of an original investigation by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

"Did football kill Tyler?..." Did he get CTE from football? Probably. Was that the only thing that contributed to his death?

Tyler's parents also participated in a lengthy feature documentary with Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated; the story is tough emotionally but absolutely worth your time. "We wanted to know everything we could and find out anything we could, of course".

His family noticed other, seemingly minor changes in Tyler after the Arizona loss.

Mark and Kym Hilinski have spoken to their younger son, Ryan, a high school quarterback committed to play at SC in 2019, about the results of Tyler's autopsy. "That was hard to hear", said Mark Hilinksi, his father.

Kym also told Hoda Kotb on Today there was no indication that Tyler was in such a negative state:"There weren't really any verbal signs from Tyler to us or to anybody at Washington State that he was suffering".

It has been five months since the death of Washington State University quarterback Tyler Hilinski.

This is heartbreaking, I still can't get past that visceral feeling of anger.

Washington State said it's adding more safeguards to help students, including a second formal mental health screening for all football players and meetings with all varsity sports athletes to consider mental health risks.

The family has started the Hilinski's Hope Foundation. "They need it. There's not enough out there".

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