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Former NFL player Joe Tofflemire's mother: 'He was a victim of the sport he loved'

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Joe Tofflemire played for the Seattle Seahawks from 1989 - 1994. He died in 2011 at the age of 46. Joe Tofflemire played for the Seattle Seahawks from 1989 - 1994. He died in 2011 at the age of 46.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Joe Tofflemire was a high school football star at Post Falls and then an All-American at the University of Arizona. After playing for the Wildcats, he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round and played center for the team from 1989 to 1994. 

According to a new report, 87 out of 91 deceased NFL players have tested positive for the brain disease at the center of the debate over concussions in football.

The disease is widely believed to stem from repetitive trauma to the head and can lead to conditions such as memory loss, depression, and dementia.

Joe Tofflemire died in 2011 at the age of 46. The official cause of death was heart failure. However, according to his mother Anna, Joe was "a victim of football."

Anna Tofflemire sat down with KHQ's Dan Kleckner recently to talk about the loss of her son to the sport he loved.

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