Former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler passed away from colon cancer at age 69 last summer. After his death, his brain was examined by Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology at the V.A. Boston Healthcare System.
According to McKee, Stabler was found to have had stage 3 Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
“The very severity of the disease, at least that we’re seeing in American football players, seems to correlate with the duration of play,” McKee said. “The longer they play, the more severe we see it. But it’s also the years since retirement, to the age of death — not only the longer you play, but the longer you live after you stop playing.”
Stabler is just the latest in a long line of former NFL players to suffer from the degenerative brain disease and further pushes along the discussion about the danger of concussions in football.
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