Former WR Mark Duper tests positive for CTE

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Add Mark Duper to the list of former NFL players who have tested positive for CTE.

Duper, a former standout wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins, broke the news on Friday.Two years ago Duper survived kidney cancer and sees CTE as another challenge.

“It is what it is,” Duper told CBS Sports. ”I’m thinking back on my life and where I am going with this. I have to deal with it and make the best of it. It does make me think of the future and how things are gonna change.”

Duper is the fourth former NFL player to be diagnosed with CTE this week joining Tony Dorsett,Joe DeLamielleure, and Leonard Marshall.

A target of Dan Marino for years, Duper caught 511 passes for 8,869 yards and 59 touchdowns and was named All-Pro twice in 11 seasons.

“I don’t have any regrets about playing,” Duper said. “I made a good living off football and I’m still making a living off it. You can’t regret something you enjoyed, something you love and I loved football.”

“Hopefully, this can put things into perspective for younger players,” Duper added. “The rules are changing–the rules have changed. Players should get themselves tested.”