In 2012, quarterback Ken Stabler led a group of 74 plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the NFL for injuries suffered due to concussions while playing. Although the concussion litigation is close to being settled, research continues regarding the connection between football and long-term health consequences.
To that end, Stabler’s family has announced that his brain and spinal cord will be donated to Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center to support research for degenerative brain disease in athletes.
The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donation be made to the XOXO Stabler Foundation to support research of colon cancer and sports-related head trauma. Additional information will be available at Stabler’s Facebook Fan page and via the XOXO Stabler Foundation.