2015_Creative_stabler_sliderKen Stabler was an NFL quarterback for the Oakland Raiders.  At the end of his career, he had 194 touchdown passes and 27,938 passing yards. He led the Raiders to a Super Bowl victory in 1976.   Coached by John Madden, Stabler’s Raiders of the 1970’s were one of the most feared teams in the game.

Ken Stabler died from colon cancer this past July.  As he wished, his brain was sent to neuropathologists at Boston University for study, in order to gain insight into why he struggled so mightily in his final years.  The autopsy revealed moderate to severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).  He joins the ranks of former NFL players diagnosed with this disease, which is associated with repetitive head trauma.

Watch what his family had to say about his final years.

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