Dale Earnhardt Jr. says decision to donate brain was a 'no-brainer'

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 1:48 AM

called his spur-of-the-moment announcement to pledge his brain to scientific research a “no-brainer.”Earnhardt made his intentions known with a tweet during a week off from NASCAR racing.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. says decision to donate brain was a 'no-brainer'

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver willing to give up all his organs to science after he'south gone

Dale Earnhardt Jr. called his spur-of-the-moment announcement to pledge his brain to scientific research a “no-brainer.”

Earnhardt made his intentions known with a tweet during a week off from NASCAR racing. He was inspired by similar pledges from soccer star Brandi Chastain and former Oakland Raiders Art Thoms, George Atkinson and George Buehler in honor of their late teammate Ken Stabler.

“I saw a story ... we obviously had the week off, and I was just sitting around reading Twitter and saw that legend about the Raiders donating their brains,” said Earnhardt, who removed himself from contest for two races in two thousand-twelfth after suffering his second concussion in six weeks during a crash at Talladega.

“I just thought that was incredible that those guys did that in honor of their teammate (Stabler suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy). I read where Brandi had done that maybe a mo ago. That just was really inspiring, and I saw someone mention, I don’t even know what the context of the Tweet I was responding to was.”

Earnhardt’s response, however, went viral, and it earned admiration from a wide section of followers and television viewers, after the networks picked up the story.

“I just was in the moment of conversation, and that’s sometimes the consolation that you discover yourself in on Twitter, and I didn’t expect it to turn into the legend it did. But, by all means, if it raises more awareness and inspires people to donate their brains and pledge their brains ...” said Earnhardt, who well-known he's an organ donor.

“They don’t necessity just athletes. They necessity everybody. I’m going to give up all the organs that are worth anything when it’s over with. They can have it all.”

Earnhardt said he hopes research progresses to the point where science won’t necessity his brain, but his pledge is sincere nevertheless.

“It was a no-brainer for me,” Earnhardt said. “They don’t necessity just athletes. They don’t necessity people that just play sports. They necessity brains from all over. Again, love I say, hopefully I’m going to have like forty, fifty more years, and the science has progressed so much that they don’t necessity it. But if they do, it’s there.”

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