Ryan Hoffman, 41 ,a former lineman at University of North Carolina, drove his bicycle into oncoming traffic this past November and died on the way to the hospital. At 6′ 5″ and 287 pounds Ryan Hoffman was an imposing adversary on the line. Homeless for over 15 years, Mr. Hoffman drifted into the mental health system, caring many diagnoses and prescribed many different medications.His sister, Kira Soto, has spent the past 15 years looking for an explanation into her brother’s problems. Upon his death his brain was studied by Ann McKee, MD, Chief of Neuropathology and VA Boston Healthcare and a Professor at the Boston University School of Medicine which has been at the center of investigation and research into CTE or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Dr. McKee determined that Mr. Hoffman had Stage 2 CTE at the time of his death. This phase of the disease is characterized by depression, short term memory loss, impulse control problems and mood swings. Both Tyler Sash and Junior Seau were identified as having Stage 2 CTE.
The evidence continues to mount on multiple concussions and CTE.