Raiders legend Ken Stabler took a beating in his playing days, as NFL quarterbacks often do.
He wasn’t a big fan of the training room, and never let his teammates see him squirm. The pain of playing football doesn’t last for a career. For many, it’s a lifetime.
Stabler was in the latter category, and wanted to do something about it. That’s why, after his death on Wednesday from complications of colon cancer, his brain was donated to science.
According to a statement released by his family on Thursday, Stabler’s brain and spinal cord were donated to Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephlopathy center, an authority in researching degenerative brain disease in athletes.