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Ex-MSU star Bubba Smith had CTE

Associated Press
Bubba Smith

Boston — The Concussion Legacy Foundation says former Michigan State and NFL defensive end Bubba Smith was diagnosed with the brain disease CTE by researchers after his death.

Smith died in 2011 at 66. He’s one of 90 former NFL players diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy since 2008 at a brain bank affiliated with Veteran Affairs, Boston University and the foundation. Out of four stages of the disease, the foundation says Smith had stage 3 CTE.

Smith was the first pick in the 1967 NFL draft after a career at Michigan State that led him to the College Football Hall of Fame. He was a two-time All-American at MSU. He played a total of nine seasons for the Baltimore Colts, Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers.

He became an actor after his NFL career.