Jim Hudson made football history when he intercepted a pass that turned into a key play in the 1969 Super Bowl, where the New York Jets upset the Baltimore Colts. Hudson died Tuesday in Texas at age 70, suffering from a disease that he believed was caused by the head injuries he sustained during his career.
The New York Times reported that Hudson died of Parkinson’s dementia, and that he wanted his brain and spine to be sent to researchers at Boston University. The school is studying the link between concussions and brain disease, such as CTE.
Hudson’s widow told The Times that he wanted to be part of the research because he’d hopeful that scientists will find a way to protect current players, particularly the young ones just starting their NFL careers, from long-term brain injury.
The obituary in The Times didn’t say if Hudson was one of the roughly 4,000 current and past NFL players who are suing the league, alleging that it hid the long-term dangers of concussions from them.
Hudson joins an ever-growing list of retired NFL players who have died from some form of degenerative brain disease, or committed suicide because of such an ailment.