Kevin Turner, lead NFL concussion suit plaintiff, had CTE (The Associated Press)

Dozens of times since beginning their work on the brains of former football players, boxers and military members who suffered repeated blows to the head, researchers have announced their findings with slides of damaged tissue, strong words about the danger of concussions and perhaps a call for sports officials to take the issue more seriously. At a Boston University medical conference on Thursday, doctors put a human touch on the often clinical and technical diagnoses, announcing to a room stocked with family members of CTE casualties that former Patriots and Eagles fullback Kevin Turner – the lead plaintiff in the NFL’s concussion lawsuit – also was a victim of the disease. With Turner’s parents in the crowd, neuropathologist Ann McKee said the former Alabama and NFL star had the most severe form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a traumatic brain disease linked to repeated hits to the head.