Report identifies new flaws in NFL concussion research
1:07 | NFL
Report identifies new flaws in NFL concussion research
Saturday March 26th, 2016

Former Oakland Raiders George Atkinson, George Buehler and Art Thoms will donate their brains for CTE research as a tribute to the late Ken Stabler, they told the San Jose Mercury-News.

Stabler died last July due to colon cancer. After his death, doctors in Boston found Stabler suffered from Stage 3 CTE.

Atkinson, Buehler and Thoms will donate their brains to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, a group seeking to understand the causes of CTE. The degenerative brain disease has been found in numerous NFL players—many of whom committed suicide—and is associated with repeated hits to the head.

“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,” Thoms told the Mercury-News.

Brandi Chastain to donate brain to Boston University for CTE research

Atkinson told the paper he is suffering from memory problems.

“I can't remember from yesterday to today half the time,” Atkinson said. “I'd get in the middle of a piece and forget where I was going.”

A report from The New York Times earlier this week revealed flaws in the NFL’s concussion research between 1996 and 2001.

[San Jose Mercury-News]

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.