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Penn State Standout Running Back Larry Johnson Says He Has CTE

One of the all-time greats of the Penn State backfield, Larry Johnson made a name for himself in Beaver Stadium, and later on in his pro career with the Kansas City Chiefs, for his hard-nosed running style that led him to first team All-American honors with the Nittany Lions.

Years after the end of his NFL career in 2011, Johnson said on Twitter Friday that he is living with CTE — a degenerative brain disease that’s been found in a number of football players after their deaths.

Johnson tweeted after news came out this morning that former New England Patriot star Aaron Hernandez, who was convicted of murder and committed suicide in April after spending years in prison, had CTE.

CTE can only be tested for after a person is dead. In a study from Journal of the American Medical Association that included 111 deceased NFL players, 110 were diagnosed with the disease after death.

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Steve Connelly

Unfortunately, former editor Steve Connelly has graduated. Where is he now? He might be doing something related to that PR degree he got in 2019. Maybe he finally opened that sports bar named after one of his photos, the Blurry Zamboni. Or he might just be eating chicken tenders and couch surfing. Anything’s possible. If you really want to know, follow him on Twitter @slc2o.

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