‘‘I was not surprised after learning a little about CTE that he had it,’’ Tyler said. ‘‘He did play so many years at that level. I was more just kind of angry I didn’t do something more and have the awareness to help him more, and now it is too late.’’
Gina Seau’s son Jake, now a high school junior, played football for two seasons but has switched to lacrosse and has been recruited to play at Duke.
"Lacrosse is really his sport and what he is passionate about,’’ she said. ‘‘He is a good football player and probably could continue. But especially now watching what his dad went through, he says, ‘Why would I risk lacrosse for football?’
‘‘I didn’t have to have a discussion with him after we saw what Junior went through.’’
Her 12-year-old son Hunter has shown no interest in playing football.
‘‘That’s fine with me,’’ she said.