Former Patriot to donate brain for research

Former Miami Dolphins player Nick Buoniconti (85) is presented a football by former player and current Dolphins senior vice president of special projects and alumni relations, Nat Moore (89) during the Dolphins All-Time 50th Anniversary Team ceremony during half time at an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

(WTNH) — Former NFL linebacker Nick Buoniconti made a major announcement this weekend.

The 76-year-old former Boston Patriot and Miami Dolphin was exposed to countless high-impact hits during his career.

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He was diagnosed with dementia earlier this year and has decided to donate his brain for research.

“I don’t do this for myself, I do it for the thousands of others who will follow me,” Buoniconti said.

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Buoniconti joins more than 2,300 former athletes and military veterans who’ve pledged to donate their brain toward concussion and related research.

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