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U.S Soccer Hall of Famer Len Oliver has pledged to donate his brain and spinal cord for concussion research, according to the Washington Post

Oliver, 82, is the latest in a group of soccer players that have said they will donate their brains for research about the affects of repetitive head trauma that comes from playing the sport.

Among the other soccer players to pledge their brains for science are 1999 Women’s World Cup star Brandi Chastain and teammate Cindy Parlow Cone.

Oliver says that he suffered six concussions during his playing career, all from head-to-head collisions. However, he says he has not suffered any negative cognitive affects from playing soccer.

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“Take an old guy, take a guy who has been in the sport his entire life, and take a look,” Oliver said of donating his brain. “If there’s nothing there, good.”

Oliver became the youngest player to ever be invited to the U.S. Olympic Trials when he went to the camp at age 17 in 1956. He made the national team in 1963 and was a three-time collegiate All-American. 

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