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Haselrig's family donates his brain to head injury research, hometown may name bridge or walkway in his honor

By Various sources | Aug. 06, 2020, 9:59 a.m. (ET)

Photos of Carlton Haselrig courtesy of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Distinguished member Carlton Haselrig passed away in late July at the age of 54. He was the only wrestler to win six NCAA titles, three in NCAA Div. I and three in NCAA Div. II, competing for Pitt-Johnstown. He also went on to a career in pro football, although he did not play football in college.

Updates on Haselrig in the media from his local community in Western Pennsylvania show the importance of this respected man to those who knew him.

Ex-Steelers player, champion wrestler Haselrig's family donating his brain for head injury research
By Mike Mastovich,

Carlton Haselrig's family will donate the former Pittsburgh Steelers star and college wrestling champion’s brain to Boston University for brain injury research.

Haselrig, who died on July 22 at age 54, played five seasons in the National Football League, four with the Steelers and one with the New York Jets. He was a six-time national champion heavyweight wrestler at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

Boston University's Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center is among the leading brain injury research institutions, with the largest tissue repository in the world, the family said.

The Boston University center specializes in chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) – “a common term used to describe the brain of an individual who repeatedly faced head traumas, specifically those, like Carlton, who played aggressively vigorous sports a majority of their life," the family statement said.

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Haselrig’s name may be on walkway or bridge
by Dave Sutor,, published by The Herald

An effort is underway to attach Carlton Haselrig’s name to either a walkway or a bridge in his hometown of Johnstown.

Haselrig, who died on July 22 at 54, was one of the most accomplished sports figures in Cambria County history, having won six individual NCAA wrestling championships before becoming a Pro Bowl offensive guard with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Johnstown City Councilman Ricky Britt, Haselrig’s uncle Bruce Haselrig, and Jim White, a former municipal official, originally came up with the idea to name the city-owned walkway that connects Main Street to Lincoln Street and passes right in front of Taco Chellz, a restaurant owned by his widow, Michelle Haselrig, in the sports star’s honor.

They approached Melissa Komar, executive director of the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority, which owns the building next to the city’s walkway. The group then started considering a proposal to name the city-owned Hickory Street Bridge in the Hornerstown neighborhood – where Haselrig, a Greater Johnstown High School graduate, lived – after him.

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