Last week, former Dolphins working again Jim Kiick handed away on the age of 73 after a reported battle with dementia. One week later, his daughter has introduced that his mind shall be donated for concussion and CTE analysis.
Allie Kiick, an expert tennis participant, revealed on Friday that her father’s mind shall be donated to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, which goals to “support athletes, Veterans, and all affected by concussions and CTE; achieve smarter sports and safer athletes through education and innovation; and to end CTE through prevention and research.” In a Facebook put up, she wrote that her father “had the biggest heart in the world so we know he would’ve wanted to play a part in finding a cure for CTE … now he will” whereas additionally beginning a fundraiser for the Concussion Legacy Foundation.
Initially, Allie Kiick wrote that she hoped to boost $5,021 (her father wore No. 21 with the Dolphins). But in a while Friday, after the fundraiser bought off to a quick begin, she wrote that her brother, Austin, is now aiming to boost $21,000.
Here’s her unique put up:
“The night before my dad passed away, I sat with my mom on my bed and she asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday (June 30th). I told her I wanted my family to go over to my dads facility so we could all sing happy birthday. I haven’t been able to spend a birthday with my dad nor my family because I’m usually overseas playing tennis, so I’ve decided I wanted to think about the best way I could honor my dad. His brain was donated to the foundation below for research. My dad always wanted to help others, he had the biggest heart in the world so we know he would’ve wanted to play a part in finding a cure for CTE … now he will. He will one day be a part of history. For my birthday and in honor of Jim Kiick let’s try and reach the goal of $5,021. Had to put 21 in there for him ~ Allie Kiick”
In Kiick’s profession with Miami, he rushed for 3,644 yards and 28 touchdowns, the fifth- and sixth-most in franchise historical past, respectively. In the 1972 and 1973 seasons, Kiick helped the Dolphins seize back-to-back Super Bowls, which implies he was a member of the one unbeaten group in NFL historical past. In that undefeated 1972 season, Kiick totaled 668 yards and 6 touchdowns from scrimmage.
Kiick additionally briefly performed for Denver and Washington on the finish of his profession, which got here after a brief spell within the World Football League. In the tip, he wrapped up his profession with 6,061 yards and 33 touchdowns from scrimmage.
Now, Kiick will play a job in concussion and CTE analysis. In 2017, a research discovered that the brains of 110 of 111 former NFL gamers had CTE, a degenerative mind illness brought on by repeated blows to the top. Similarly, a research in 2015 discovered that 87 out of 91 deceased former NFL gamers had CTE.
According to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, “CTE can only be diagnosed after death through brain tissue analysis.”