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Former NFL players discuss brain injuries

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Former NFL players Jeff Blake and Bill Cody joined FOX 7's Dave Cody to talk about recent studies linking playing football and brain diseases.

Recently, the online journal Neurology studied 3400 ex NFL players who spent at least five years in the NFL. Those players were three times more likely to develop Alzheimer's, Parkinson, or ALS than the average person.

The NFL donated $30 million to medical research on the same day the study was announced.

Blake spent 14 years in the NFL. His son Trey plays for Austin High while his other son Emory plays for Auburn.

Bill Cody (brother of Dave Cody) spent seven years in the NFL in the late 60's and early 70's. He played linebacker and as a wedge buster on special teams. He was diagnosed with dementia in 2010 at the age.

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