Paul Green’s brain has been donated to the Australian Sports Brain Bank to help with science.
The legendary coach and former player Paul Green was just 49 when he was found dead at his home in Brisbane on August 11.
It is confirmed that the father-of-two died from suicide.
His family has now confirmed that his brain will be donated to the Australian Sports Brain Bank to help aid research into concussion-related condition chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) – a common injury amongst NRL players due to the nature of the game.
“In memory of our beloved Paul, we ask that you support the pioneering work of the Australian Sports Brain Bank,” their post read.
“Paul was known for always looking out for others. We are proud that part of his legacy will be looking out for the brain health of all others involved in the game that he loved.
“Amanda, Emerson and Jed.”
They are hoping to raise $150,000 to help with the research.
Michael Buckland, the director of the Australian Sports Brain Bank, thanked Green’s family for their donation.
“This is an incredibly generous donation and will be an invaluable part of our research into the long-term effects of repetitive head impacts in sport and elsewhere,” he said.
“We at the Australian Sports Brain Bank are blown away by the fact that in their time of grief, Amanda and the rest of the family thought of how they could help others.”
Green had an incredible NRL career, playing 162 first grade matches between 1994-2004 and winning the prestigious Rothmans Medal in 1995 as the game’s best and fairest.
He played for several different clubs including Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, North Queensland Cowboys, Sydney Roosters, Parramatta Eels and the Brisbane Broncos.
Green eventually swapped his playing boots to coaching ones as he took on the North Queensland Cowboys from 2014-2020.
If you would like to donate to the research, click here.
Image: Australian Sports Brain Bank
This article first appeared on OverSixty.