Dave Duerson was born on November 28th, 1960. He played basketball, football and baseball during high school at Muncie Northside High School in Indiana.
Duerson recieved many honors during high school, was part of the National honor Society and was the 1979 Indiana Mr. Football. Before he entered college he was offered to play baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a pitcher and outfielder in 1979 but declined the offer.
He was accepted to play football for University of Notre Dame from 1979 to 1982. Duerson started all four years in college and earned recognition as an All-American in 1981 and 1982. He was named the teams MVP in 1982 as well.
Not only was he marvelous on the field, but he graduated with honors and a Bachelors degree in Economics. He won the Edward "Moose" Krause distinguished Service award in 1990 by the Notre Dame Monogram Club.
Duerson won two Superbowl rings on with the Chicago Bears and one with the New York Giants.
He purchased the majority interest in Fair Oaks Farms (formerly Brooks Sausage Company) in 1995. Duerson grew the company from $24M revenue to over $63.5M in six years.
On February 17, 2011, Duerson killed himself with a gun shot wound to the chest, and to follow his wishes his brain was sent to the University of Boston to be studied due to many concussions that he had throughout his life.
On May 2, 2011, neurologists at Boston University confirmed that he suffered from CTE, which is linked to concussions.