Skip to content

60 more former players sue over concussions

nfl_ap_brodie_195 AP

On Friday, via two separate legal actions, another 60 former players joined the growing list of men who are suing the NFL for the chronic consequences of concussions suffered while playing the game.

In Philadelphia, 49 players were added to a pending federal action that reflects the consolidation of numerous other suits.  The latest 49 plaintiffs, including former 49ers quarterback John Brodie, are represented by the Locks Law Firm, which now represents 305 former players.

According to a press release forwarded to PFT, the players seek “medical monitoring, compensation, and financial recovery for the short-term, long-term, and chronic injuries, financial and intangible losses,” and other damages.  Locks Law Firm says that additional suits will be filed in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, a new suit was filed in New Orleans on behalf of 11 players, including former quarterback John Fourcade.  “Wanting their players on the field instead of training tables, and in an attempt to protect a multibillion dollar business, the NFL has purposefully attempted to obfuscate the issue and has repeatedly refuted the connection between concussions and brain injury to the disgust of Congress, which has blasted the NFL’s handling of the issue on multiple occasions,” the new lawsuit contends, according to the Associated Press.

While the NFL apparently went through a period of denial regarding the link between concussions and chronic cognitive impairments, the challenge for the plaintiffs will be to identify the moment at which the NFL knew or should have known about the connection and the moment at which the NFL acknowledged the link and acted accordingly.

As a result, there necessarily will be some players who played before the NFL knew or should have known about the danger, and some who played after the NFL woke up to the problem.

Permalink 31 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Home, Rumor Mill, San Francisco 49ers
31 Responses to “60 more former players sue over concussions”
  1. whatsafairway says: Feb 18, 2012 2:41 PM

    Everyone’s got their hand out and yet if this is successful, it’s the lawyers who will reap the most reward.

  2. cowboysfanouteast says: Feb 18, 2012 2:55 PM

    This is the beginning of the end of the NFL as we know it. The league will be litigated into oblivion. The NFL is the future Philip Morris.

  3. hedleykow says: Feb 18, 2012 3:11 PM

    The league should spend whatever it takes to keep Terry Bradshaw from becoming Exhibit-A for the plaintiffs.

    It might be prudent for the owners to go ahead and buy him his own island and stock it with plenty of rum and virgins.

  4. ruggerlad says: Feb 18, 2012 3:12 PM

    Listen here you old greedy farts! How many of you avoided wars to get paid to do what you loved and get concussions? How many of you avoided minimum wage shelf stocking jobs getting concussion and playing the game you love?
    And to all you yers you are he scum of the earth.
    You vile scum are ruining football. I’m 28 pay to play with a full time job and I’ve had a good few concussions which is a risk we all take to do what we love only in your case got paid to do!

  5. bigmike7914 says: Feb 18, 2012 3:43 PM

    Am I wrong please tell me if I’m wrong, but dont these guys know what they are signing on for when they play football ?, and to my knowledge they all have a choice to quit when ever they want right ?, if they open this can of worms then every cop that got shot, every fire fighter that got burned, and every soldier that got shot in the line of duty should sue or have reason to, but hey who am I sports are more important in our society than those type of occupations could ever be.

  6. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 18, 2012 4:17 PM

    Assumption of Risk and how far that assumption goes is the huge factor here. I say it’s coverered in assumption of risk, sorry charlies.
    It’s a violent game you play, you are paid handsomely to play it, and the head trauma warning stickers have been on the helmets since pop warner.

  7. roamingabriel says: Feb 18, 2012 4:24 PM

    Does anybody know where to find a list of the players who are suing?

    Of course Dorsett is in there…

  8. twistedstick says: Feb 18, 2012 4:28 PM

    I wonder out these 305+ players said I’m alright and went back in the game anyway, how many are sueing. I think the NFL need to help them out and if the NFL wasn’t trying to do something now about this then yes they have very good complant, is every player that ever had anything happen to them while they play in the NFL sue the NFL it bankrupt the NFL. Are the ones that got hurt in grade school, high school or collage are they sueing also ? They play this game with dreams of making it big in the NFL MONEY MONEY, come on they know what they are getting into when they sign a contract, help them out but give them the bank I don’t think so.

  9. tigrrrr says: Feb 18, 2012 4:33 PM

    See ya nfl… It was fun while it lasted!

  10. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 18, 2012 4:37 PM

    To clarify, the warning stickers have been of the helmets for guys like joe horn and them since pop warner. I bet there weren’t warning stickers back in the day, but the old adage “Bad to get hit in head” has rung true throughout humanity and assumed for centuries.

  11. dobberdubinsky says: Feb 18, 2012 4:37 PM

    Great, I hope they win and take the NFL for a lot of money. That’s what you get for changing the rules and making it essentially touch football. If Goodell hadn’t made this push on player safety, this lawsuit would’ve never happened.

  12. mjkelly77 says: Feb 18, 2012 4:55 PM

    Ludicrous. The NFL should countersue the players because they didn’t play all out and took plays off. This negatively affected the entertainment value of all games and in turn the profits and the overall value of all NFL teams.

  13. pacificnw7722 says: Feb 18, 2012 4:56 PM

    Players have been getting concussions since Pop Warner all the way through and up to the NFL level.

    Go sue your High School and College as well. Sheesh!

  14. cornersss says: Feb 18, 2012 5:45 PM

    old players have a case, i dont think players from the 90’s on do though. They got “paid” and they played with injuries and knew about, in some cases hiding the fact they have a concussion or injury.

    I think old skool players deserve to be taken care of.

    New skool have had a chance to take care of things in the cba, but haven’t twice so far.
    Now they are retired and care?

  15. cornersss says: Feb 18, 2012 5:49 PM

    Why are played dissolved of any responsibility?

    Players today hide injuries ,so they can keep on playing because of rules to protect them, what makes people think this is new?

    Both players and the nfl knew they were getting beat up. Its like your bank robbery buddy suing you because he got shot because you didnt cover him good enough.

    Both were doing something wrong at the time and had the same goals and same goals.

  16. cornersss says: Feb 18, 2012 5:52 PM

    “Great, I hope they win and take the NFL for a lot of money. That’s what you get for changing the rules and making it essentially touch football. If Goodell hadn’t made this push on player safety, this lawsuit would’ve never happened.”

    Um .Pretty sure the new rules nip any new future lawsuits in the butt.

    Not sure about your flag football comment. Fans will be the ones that pay. In fact, the players and owners have profit sharing thats almost 50/50.

    The players will be taking money from themselves,ticket prices will go up and in the end fans pay.

  17. bubba703 says: Feb 18, 2012 6:42 PM

    At this pace, you’ll see better hitting with the Lingerie football league

    While I have sympathy for the former players post career health issues, I see this as an uphill battle for them. The NFL did not force them to play injured or before they were completely healed. It was entirely the player’s decision, not the coaches or the league to decide if they should continue to assume the added health risks of continuing to play such a violent game.

  18. nflovercollegefb says: Feb 18, 2012 6:43 PM

    Aren’t these 305 ex-players the same guys who routinely bragged about how “real men” played back in their day and glorified how rough and tough the game was back then, that there was no situational substitution and the game was better overall yada-yada-yada?

    And now they have their hands out?

    This country was built on risk and rugged individualism, nobody forced these guys to do anything.

    eh, sign o’ the times.

  19. nflovercollegefb says: Feb 18, 2012 6:48 PM

    In a society that allows searches of a child’s bagged lunch from home and can confiscate it for whatever reason deemed necessary I am truly concerned for the NFL’s long term survival regarding the issue of concussions.

  20. trapshoot says: Feb 18, 2012 7:22 PM

    Lawyers and lawsuits are ruining this country. The players will end up with a few bucks while the lawyers make a killing. Class action, and contingency, suits are designed to make lawyers wealthy.

  21. seageo says: Feb 18, 2012 7:29 PM

    They represent 305 former players?!?!?!?!??????

    Dont these guys realize that the only people that make any money in these types of lawuits are the lawyers???

  22. godcanfirealdavis says: Feb 18, 2012 7:53 PM

    Get John Brodie in the hall of fame! That’s the real travesty here……

  23. ChrisCicc says: Feb 18, 2012 7:57 PM

    This probably isn’t even about concussions for most of these guys. They played with the pie wasn’t as big, and now they want some of the money current players are making. It’s jealousy first, concussions second.

  24. hedleykow says: Feb 18, 2012 8:28 PM

    Can I sue my workplace for putting a brick wall directly in front of where I was walking?

  25. giantsforlife says: Feb 18, 2012 8:32 PM

    Bubba703 is so right…..besides, the players in the LFL are much sexier too!!

  26. matthewcarlson1 says: Feb 18, 2012 8:35 PM

    F That! Were they forced to play football? No.. should I go sue the Minnesota State Highschool League for all the concussions I got playing football?

  27. sailbum7 says: Feb 18, 2012 8:50 PM

    These players knew the risks when they decided to play the game. They assumed that risk willingly for the money and glory that went along with being a pro football player. How many of them insisted on being put back in after suffering a hard hit even when the coaches wanted to bench them?!?! This whole suit is nothing more than a money grab by a bunch of pathetic has beens who were not smart enough to save some money while they were playing to tide them over after their playing days were done. They do not deserve to get a dime.

  28. rubbernilly says: Feb 18, 2012 8:53 PM

    bigmike7914 says:
    Feb 18, 2012 3:43 PM
    ….if they open this can of worms then every cop that got shot, every fire fighter that got burned, and every soldier that got shot in the line of duty should sue or have reason to….

    I don’t think so. The analogy doesn’t hold:

    No one ever denied that bullets were lethal.
    No one ever denied that fire burns you.

    That’s the difference here, and why I think the “Goodbye, NFL, it was nice knowing you” crowd is a bit chicken-little on this story. At some point, the pool of affected players who could seek recompense for NFL misconduct will be capped… whether that is as of Merril Hoge speaking out about it, or Terry Bradshaw talking about it, or when concussions basically ended Aikman’s career, or any time in the past decade when a number of high-profile athletes had their careers cut short, or, at the outside, rookies entering the league this year after the suit was filed. At some point the NFL can demonstrate 1) they are addressing the issue as best they can, and 2) the knowledge has penetrated players entering the league that they are signing up for something that has the potential of affecting their later quality of life.

    Which means that this is purely a dollars issue… possibly an on-going-dollars-issue (as some sort of trust for retired players), but still just a dollars issue.

    Within your comparison, the best analog would be a case where some law enforcement agency was touting a particular bullet-proof vest as the best that money could by, when they knew that, really, it was substandard. Or a fire department who told their fighters that their masks were protection against X, Y, and Z sorts of chemical fires, all the while knowing that the masks were no such thing.

    In other words, there would be no mass suit filed by cops, or by soldiers, or fire fighters, because there isn’t a wholesale lie told about the nature of their jobs. There would only arise a pool of plaintiffs in a situation where they’d been lied to (like what I just described).

  29. bringingthepain says: Feb 19, 2012 12:20 AM

    people leaving comments about HighSchool and College. Trust me. If this bogus suit makes any headway, the other suits are coming. I had 3 concussions in high school and college and kept playing because the game is amazing. Wish I could still play, and would knowing what I know about concussions now. So would the 300 or so that are suing.

    I do believe the NFL should take care of the older players health bills/insurance. Other than that. Reaching for the pot of Gold.

  30. septicx says: Feb 19, 2012 1:40 AM

    I am so sick of reading what the jealous non-athletes have to say about the athletes taking part in the litigation that I created an account to post this, and I HATE creating accounts!

    The issue, simply, is this: in the late 90’s, the NFL started getting NEW info about concussions. This new info had to do with the dangers that exist ONCE A BRAIN HAS ALREADY BEEN CONCUSSED. This new info was never disseminated to the players. The league sat on it.

    I’ll draw a parallel to smoking:
    Imagine that Phillip Morris found that a second cigarette, smoked RIGHT AFTER another poses a direct risk of . No one will, or should, sue for the damage the first cigarette did to them-cigs are bad, no sh!t. But keeping the info about the second cigarette’s danger is criminal.

    Even armed with the new info, the players will continue to play concussed, most probably. It’s just the nature of the football culture. But at least players will be allowed to make an informed decision.

  31. granadafan says: Feb 19, 2012 2:14 PM

    Now we’re seeing the real reason for Roger’s seemingly asinine recent policies of fining players left and right for headshots. The real reason was to protect the NFL from future lawsuits from current players, not protecting players from the violence of the sport.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!