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Giants' Steve Weatherford to donate brain to research after his death

Steve Weatherford pays a visit to the Coleman

Steve Weatherford pays a visit to the Coleman Country Day camp in Freeport on July 16, 2012. Photo Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa

Steve Weatherford may not suffer from the debilitating effects of concussions later in life the way other NFL players at more perilous positions could. But that's why the Giants punter announced Tuesday morning that he will be donating his brain to research after his death.

"I think it's important," Weatherford told "Fox & Friends" while announcing his intentions along with wide receiver Sidney Rice. "Different from Sidney, I haven't had a ton of concussions. I think I've had two over the course of 10 years as an NFL football player. But I'm in it more to help generations after us."

Weatherford said he hopes to provide a sort of baseline in future research.

"You study [Rice's] brain by comparison to my brain, and just because you've had traumatic head injuries doesn't mean that you don't need your brain studied because they're going to have to have brains to compare to other ones," Weatherford said. "For me, it's about overall health right now, but you want to help the future and pay it forward."

Weatherford is known for being one of the fittest players in the league. His workouts and physique have landed him on the covers of numerous muscle magazines. Now, he wants to be remembered for his brain as well as his brawn.

Even with the announcement of the donation, Weatherford and Rice said they will allow their sons to play football if they so choose. Weatherford did have one condition.

"I am going to let my son play, but I'm going to hold him out of contact football until 16," Weatherford said. "I just think the risk of teaching your kid how to play football at an early age -- with all the contact on your head and your neck -- we only have one body. You can always get surgery on your knee or your ankle, or a hip replaced. But you only get one brain. There's no transplant for that."

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