Collingwood premiership captain Murray Weideman has become the fourth known VFL/AFL player to be posthumously diagnosed with a debilitating neurological disease linked to head trauma.
Weideman, who led the Magpies to a famous upset grand-final win over Melbourne in 1958, joins Danny Frawley, Graham 'Polly' Farmer and Shane Tuck in having Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) detected during the last two years.
Weideman's family on Saturday revealed the findings of the Australian Sports Brain Bank's report.
The 180-game Magpies star died in February, a day after his 85th birthday.
After noticing serious changes to Weideman's personality in recent years, his family spoke with him about donating his brain.
"I said 'Dad, we have got to do this, we have got to help'," his son Mark Weideman told News Corp.
"The more science can build up and get evidence, the better things will become in the future."
"He was 100 per cent behind this.
"You don't really think about it because your life goes along pretty smoothly for a long time, but then it kicks in late."
Farmer, a legendary ruckman from Western Australia who became a star with Geelong, was the first footballer diagnosed with CTE back in February 2020.
Former Richmond midfielder Tuck was assessed as having the "worst seen case" of CTE when results were revealed by the brain bank in January.
Australian Associated Press