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Correcting The Tragic Legacy Of A Kansas City Chiefs Stand-Out — 40 Years Later

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Kevin Patrick Allen
Courtesy of the Tyrer family
Jim Tyrer, center, shown here with his family, played 13 seasons with the Dallas Texans and Kansas City Chiefs. Five years after retiring he murdered his wife then died by suicide.

A new documentary goes back in Chiefs history to one player, Jim Tyrer, and how the unknown damage done playing the game he loved may have contributed to his untimely death.

The NFL season is underway, and concerns over having fans in the stands are front and center. But another health threat remains for players — CTE, the brain condition associated with repeated blows to the head.

"A Good Man — The Jim Tyrer Story" will premier at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, at Screenland Armour Theatre, 408 Armour Rd., Kansas City, Missouri 64116. For ticketing information, visit GoodManMovie.com.

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