Former Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he shot himself in the head in January with a gun that belonged to a former Cougars teammate, Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bishop reported.
Hilinski’s family had his brain examined by the Mayo Clinic, and results showed that he had Stage 1 CTE. Stage 1 is the lowest level of CTE but does include depression as a symptom.
A doctor told Hilinski’s mother that Tyler’s brain looked “like that of a much older, elderly man,” Hilinski’s mother said, per the report.
The former Washington State quarterback never missed time in college because of a confirmed concussion. Yet, the report cites that there were times the former quarterback was on the receiving end of some hard blows.
Despite not suffering a confirmed concussion, there are several studies that have indicated that individuals don’t have to be concussed to be afflicted by CTE.
Hilinski played 12 career games in three years at Washington State.