Ken Stabler Found to Have CTE in Postmortem Study

February 3, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Another high-profile NFL star was posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), as it was announced Wednesday that former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler dealt with the disease.
According to John Branch of the New York Times, Boston University researchers recently discovered CTE in Stabler's brain, nearly seven months after he died of colon cancer at the age of 69.  
Per Branch, Stabler was diagnosed with Stage 3 CTE (on a scale of 1-4), as further described by Dr. Ann McKee, who is the chief of neuropathology at the V.A. Boston Healthcare System and a professor of neurology and pathology at the Boston University School of Medicine: "He had moderately severe disease. Pretty classic. It may be surprising since he was a quarterback, but certainly the lesions were widespread, and they were quite severe, affecting many regions of the brain."
Branch also noted "Stabler added his name to a class-action lawsuit brought...

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