By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Jason Hairston died on Wednesday. He was 47.
Hairston took his own life.
“We are shocked and saddened to announce the tragic passing of KUIU founder Jason Hairston,” Hairston’s hunting company, KUIU, wrote on Twitter.
He is survived by his wife Kirstyn and two children. Instead of receiving flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Boston University Concussion Legacy Foundation to support CTE-related research.
According to Sports Illustrated, he admitted in a 2016 interview with CNBC that he believed he was suffering from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). It is a degenerative brain disease found in athletes, military veterans, and others, who have suffered repetitive brain trauma.
However, the majority of the team, who suffer from CTE are football players. While he said he believed he was suffering from CTE, it cannot be officially confirmed until his death.
“I played linebacker, and the way I played the game, I led with my head,” he said in the interview with CNBC. “I played the way they tell us not to play now. I have all the symptoms of CTE.”
Heavy.com is reporting that KUIU had sales worth of $50 million in 2016. Hairston started the company in Dixon, California in 2010.
He signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 1995. After just one season with the team, he was moved to the Denver Broncos before retiring in 1996.
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Jason, I have no words. I will always remember our adventures and sharing a campfire with you. They will be some of my fondest experiences in the outdoors. You were and will continue to be an inspiration to all outdoorsmen and women for generations to come. Thanks for the friendship and the memories buddy. I’m going to miss you. R.I.P @kuiu_official
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