|No. 73, 99|
|Born:||February 25, 1963|
|Died:||May 25, 2008 (aged 45)|
Wesley Chapel, Florida
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at NFL.com|
Thomas McHale (February 25, 1963 – May 25, 2008) was an American football player. He played professionally as an offensive guard in the National Football League (NFL) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1987–1992), Philadelphia Eagles (1993–1994) and Miami Dolphins (1995). Born in Gaithersburg, Maryland, he attended Gaithersburg High School and then Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania before playing college football at Maryland (1983) and Cornell (1986), graduating from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. Playing as a defensive end, he was named all-Ivy League and first team All-American in 1986, and was runner-up for Ivy League Player of the Year. He was named to the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.
An examination of McHale's brain at Boston University's School of Medicine found that McHale had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition found in several other NFL veterans who had received repeated concussions. His widow, Lisa McHale, now works as a family relations liaison at the Boston University CTE Center.
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- Smith, Stephanie (January 26, 2009). "Dead athletes' brains show damage from concussions - CNN.com". CNN.
- "The Frontline Interview: Lisa McHale – League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis - FRONTLINE". PBS. May 21, 2013.