Ken Stabler was a polarizing quarterback for the Oakland Raiders back in his day, one of the best in the business. He led the Raiders to their first Super Bowl win in 1976 where they defeated the Minnesota Vikings. Stabler spent his career with multiple teams but never spent as long with any team as he did with the Raiders, a team who cherished him and had fans that adored him.
This past July Stabler fell victim to colon cancer at the young age of 69, something so obviously devastating to the rest of his family. However it has recently been discovered the Stabler also had CTE, short for Chronic traumatic encephalopathy. It is a progressive degenerative disease found in people who have suffered repetitive brain trauma.
The reason that this is news worthy is because more and more players who are now out of the NFL are discovering that they in fact have CTE. Health in the NFL is becoming a really big deal because with all of these ex-players deeming that they have brain troubles it is causing current and up and coming players to have fears about playing this game year after year for 10-20 years.
The NFL is doing its best to ensure that their players are safe with various rules as to where you can hit someone and other things of that nature. The truth of the matter however is that really no matter what kind of precautions you take, playing football almost every day year after year will take its toll on your brain. Numerous young NFL players are starting to retire because they do not see the long term benefits in causing their body such punishment.
To read more check out – http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/04/sports/football/ken-stabler-nfl-cte-brain-disease.html?_r=0
Article Published – February 3rd, 2016 on the New York Times