Former Raiders To Honor Fallen Teammate By Donating Brains To CTE Research
"When you see your teammate deteriorate a lot through the end of his life, to see him go out like that, it brings us together," said Art Thoms about Ken Stabler, who suffered from a mild to severe form of the disease associated with repeated blows to the head.
The San Jose Mercury News:
In Honor Of Stabler, Former Raiders Will Donate Brains For CTE Research
A trio of Raiders who did battle during football's wild days of brutal hits and colorful characters came forward Friday to sound the alarm on the game that brought them fame. George Atkinson, George Buehler and Art Thoms -- members of the renegade group led by the likes of Ken Stabler, Jack Tatum and John Matuszak -- told this news organization they have pledged their brains to the Boston-based Concussion Legacy Foundation. That group's mission it to elevate the understanding of the causes of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, the disease being linked to repeated blows to the head. (Almond, 3/25)