New Details Emerge From Death Of Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski

New Details Emerge From Death Of Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski

Were he still alive, Hilinski would have competed for Washington State's starting job in 2018. Probably. Was that the only thing that contributed to his death?

Tyler's parents Mark and Kym told "Today" show's Hoda Kotb that a Mayo Clinic study on his brain showed evidence of CTE, the brain disease that many studies have linked to playing football. "That was hard to hear".

"Did football kill Tyler?..." Tyler Hilinski's parents said their son exhibited no obvious signs leading up to his suicide, and Tyler had never fired a gun until the day before his death. The autopsy findings showed Stage 1 CTE. Two teammates went looking for him after he didn't show up to practice and found his body in his apartment.

Kym Hilinski added: "It was a shock to get those results. and to realise that the sport that he loved may have contributed to that diagnosis". "And you certainly don't think that you have to give his brain to the Mayo Clinic for an autopsy". But, they wanted answers.

Kym (Hilinski's mother) read the first sentence-"After reviewing the tissue we can confirm that he had the pathology of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)"-and started to reconsider her entire search".

Hilinski, who was 21 at the time of his death, apparently had the brain of a 65-year-old man. Yes, he was quiet.

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"How in the world am I going to get through next year and then four more years and not worry every single time my son gets hit or taken down?"

Tyler's younger brother is Ryan Hilinski, the No. 2 pro-style QB prospect in the nation for the 2019 recruiting cycle and current SC commit.

The Hilinskis made a decision to go public with their story so they can help others.

Washington State said in a statement to "Today" that it has enhanced its protocols for football players, including a second formal mental health screening and meetings with players "who might be at risk for mental health issues". "They need it. There's not enough out there for these handsome athletes that give of themselves to their colleges, but their minds aren't taken care of".

If you need someone to talk to, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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