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(PIX11)– Giants punter Steve Weatherford and former Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice say they’ll both donate their brains to science to help understand the long-term effects of football.

They were on hand to make the announcement while celebrating Brain Injury Awareness month.

Rice says the fear of long term effects from head injuries led to his decision to retire early from the NFL.

The NFL is close to finalizing a $1 billion settlement with nearly 4,500 former players over brain-related injuries.