Dale Earnhardt Jr. explains choice to donate brain

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. was scrolling through Twitter during NASCAR’s off weekend for Easter when he saw a story about three former Oakland Raiders players pledging their brains to science in honor of teammate Ken Stabler.

Earnhardt was “amazed” by the gesture and quickly decided to add his own: A similar promise to give his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, which is associated with Boston University’s Brain Bank.

So he fired off a tweet about it and went back to enjoying his weekend.

And then the tweet went viral.

Suddenly, Earnhardt’s comment was national news. NBC Nightly News did a segment on it; so did Good Morning America.

That spurred Earnhardt, who said he has been “passionate” about concussion science since sustaining two concussions in 2012, to get serious about his pledge. He contacted the Concussion Legacy Foundation and learned about how to make it official.

“They helped me understand exactly what the process is,” he said. “It’s very straightforward. There will be…

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