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Former Super Bowl MVP joins concussion lawsuits

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The group of former NFL players suing the league for its past concussion practices continues to grow.  According to the Washington Times, the latest addition to the class action comes from a new 126-member filing, which includes Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien.

The class also includes former first-round draft busts Tony Mandarich and Todd Marinovich.

Rypien, whose 12-year included fewer than three seasons as a full-time starter (all with the Redskins), reportedly told USA Today in 1995 that he suffered only two concussions during his NFL career.

The various lawsuits against the NFL claim that the league knew about the long-term health risks and failed to share them with the players, and that the league generally took insufficient steps to protect players from concussions.

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47 Responses to “Former Super Bowl MVP joins concussion lawsuits”
  1. ChrisCicc says: Mar 27, 2012 7:28 PM

    Poster child of someone just looking for a pay day

  2. nothingman20 says: Mar 27, 2012 7:28 PM

    All the current players saying “I don’t care I’d still play” sure don’t help their cause.

  3. cmr123 says: Mar 27, 2012 7:30 PM

    He was so bothered that he came back after sitting out 3 years and played a season. What a joke. Maybe, the NFL should sue Manderich for cheating them out of money.

  4. lombardihero says: Mar 27, 2012 7:30 PM

    LOL and for anyone that said many of these players are not just looking for another payday you might want to rethink that…..

  5. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Mar 27, 2012 7:30 PM

    Maybe Mandarich shouldn’t have juiced every 5 minutes, then he’d be healthy.

  6. jakek2 says: Mar 27, 2012 7:30 PM

    Like any of these players would have said, now that I know about the long-term health risks of concussions, I’m not playing.

  7. talkintrashallday says: Mar 27, 2012 7:30 PM

    Players have every right to sue from the “un-aware” era

  8. indycolts1 says: Mar 27, 2012 7:31 PM

    To hell with these players and their lawsuits, they new going in what the risks were and they chose those checks vs their health.

  9. prosb4hos says: Mar 27, 2012 7:32 PM

    This just in… Smoking gives you cancer and McDonalds makes you fat. Oh, and even boxers realized that getting knocked out could give them long term problems.

  10. jmclarkent says: Mar 27, 2012 7:32 PM

    In response, the competition committee has mandated that all punts must be either avoided or fair caught.

  11. thcnote says: Mar 27, 2012 7:34 PM

    Rypien you are a broke scumbag just like the rest of the b!tches in the lawsuit. Take some accountability for yourself. If you don’t have the common sense to know that getting hit in the head is harmful then your just a moron. Why don’t you and the rest of the morons do everybody a favor and jump off a bridge.

  12. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Mar 27, 2012 7:35 PM

    You strap on the helmet and you take the risk of being goofy the rest of your life from too many hits. They knew it when they signed the contract. Not the NFL’s fault IMO.

    I ran into former Vikings all pro defensive tackle Keith Millard over the weekend. He looked like crap. Could barely walk but he didn’t seem bitter.

    All part of the deal

  13. patfic15 says: Mar 27, 2012 7:35 PM

    Didn’t have an effect on creating a smoking hot daughter.

  14. joelvis72 says: Mar 27, 2012 7:36 PM


  15. lombardihero says: Mar 27, 2012 7:36 PM

    Todd Marinovich has done so many illegal drugs and has been in and out of rehab his whole life it is sick.

    He played a total of 8 games in two years and he wants money for what? More Drugs or he feels bad he blew all his money on drugs?

  16. kd75 says: Mar 27, 2012 7:39 PM

    Mandarich and Marinovich are suing the NFL?

    The NFL should be suing them for fraud. Lead plaintifs being the Packers and Raiders.

  17. grimreeper says: Mar 27, 2012 7:40 PM

    Damn when you sign your name on the dotted line you know the possible consequences. Playing football is a rough and dangerous sport think about all the players back in the day who played and got hurt and are not getting paid everybody wants money!!!!

  18. tigershark49 says: Mar 27, 2012 7:41 PM

    These players have always known football is a dangerous game. This lawsuit shouls be thrown out.

  19. mrslay1 says: Mar 27, 2012 7:46 PM

    Small wonder 1st round busts want to sue! They need more drug money.

  20. mjkelly77 says: Mar 27, 2012 7:47 PM

    Gee. Who would have thought that having 300+ pound men running into you might cause later health problems? Greedy. Greedy. Greedy .

  21. thegonz13 says: Mar 27, 2012 8:04 PM

    Marinovich and Mandarich are part of the lawsuit? The former didn’t play long enough to GET a concussion, while the latter should know steroids don’t cause concussions!

  22. thebiblestudent says: Mar 27, 2012 8:32 PM

    Also glad that no one mentioned that Mandarich and Rypien were both once Colts.

  23. lilmidas says: Mar 27, 2012 9:09 PM

    thought if a skins qb would join it would definitely be Gus Frerotte

  24. gb4mn0 says: Mar 27, 2012 9:12 PM

    thereisfootballwestofjersey says:
    Mar 27, 2012 7:35 PM
    You strap on the helmet and you take the risk of being goofy the rest of your life from too many hits. They knew it when they signed the contract. Not the NFL’s fault IMO.

    I ran into former Vikings all pro defensive tackle Keith Millard over the weekend. He looked like crap. Could barely walk but he didn’t seem bitter.


    You’d look like crap to if you were living a life of regret knowing that you’d wasted your all pro career playing for the vikequeefs.

  25. yevrag3535 says: Mar 27, 2012 9:16 PM

    Rypien – get a job, not a hand out. You broke or something? When you were making big bucks it did not matter now it does. This will never make snse to me. How come no guys plyaing today that will cost them money are shooting there mouths off? Frauds all of you!!!!

  26. jagsfanugh says: Mar 27, 2012 9:24 PM

    What a bunch of losers. You played and knew the risks. This is the same as smokers. Come on are you that stupid to not know that smoking could be harmful to your health…same applies to getting hit in sports.

  27. iberiasaint says: Mar 27, 2012 9:26 PM

    Assumption of risk!

  28. wwwfella says: Mar 27, 2012 9:27 PM

    im gonna get a job as a stuntman where i get set on fire, i’ll then turn around and sue the movie company because fire is harmful to the epidermis.

  29. gator2006 says: Mar 27, 2012 9:28 PM

    Good luck proving causation Mr. Mandarich

  30. jutts says: Mar 27, 2012 9:36 PM

    I grew up in a town where Cancer is prevelant: Maybe I could sue them for where I grew up.. I doubt it. Didn’t have a choice. These guys did, and they got payed pretty handsomely.

  31. backtothebowl says: Mar 27, 2012 10:02 PM

    Settlement = Hundreds of millions $$
    Scummy lawyers take = 60%

    Puppet former players lacking integrity =40%
    Former players with integrity = nada
    Big losers are the fans who will ultimately foot the bill.

  32. 69finfan says: Mar 27, 2012 10:43 PM

    Amazing how you never hear of Race Car Drivers or their families after injury or death trying to sue anybody. It is an aspect of their sport and they still pusue it unconditionally knowing full well what the consequences could be. Here’s a thought. Could it be that there are Attorneys involved? Say it aint so.

  33. perryplayer1 says: Mar 27, 2012 11:04 PM

    I’m so sick of this lawsuit. Why doesn’t the NFL make them sign waivers already. They’d still all play!!!! No one made them play a game that they all already knew was violent. It’s there fault they blew all there money already and are looking for another payday. Freaking ridiculous!!!!

  34. harperquinn says: Mar 27, 2012 11:56 PM

    Fans might try to shrug off these lawsuits but look at how much success people and the government have had in suing the tobacco industry. Yeah, it should be a no-brainer that cigarettes are bad for you but many of those cases were able to prove that the industry lied about the effects of smoking. If it can be shown that the league lied about the effects of concussions, the NFL stands to lose a lot of money, whether it comes from the cost of a long litigation or having to pay out a huge settlement.

  35. katchop says: Mar 28, 2012 1:41 AM

    Didn’t Mark Rypien once headbutt the wall, in an un-padded corner of the endzone, after running in a TD? I’m pretty sure it was him, and that he knocked himself out of the game.

    I wonder if that’s one of the concussions he suing over.

  36. pootytang66 says: Mar 28, 2012 2:27 AM

    I’m all for the concussion things going on in the NFL, but doesn’t it seem like Todd Marinovich and Tony Mandarich are trying to find an excuse for being huge NFL Busts???

  37. paleblueeyes24 says: Mar 28, 2012 4:12 AM

    I’m so sick of these whiny NFL players. Why are they trying to pretend like they didn’t know the risks when they signed on to play. That paycheck just diverted their mind I guess. If you don’t want to get hurt its simple…dont play professional football. It’s that easy or did the concussions make it so they couldn’t understand the risks. They are ruining the game.

  38. redskinsrt says: Mar 28, 2012 4:22 AM

    Skins fan.. had two concussions myself.. neither from football but one from wrestling. My brain still works fine and I understood the risks going into sports. It is the players who repeatedly take the smaller blows that really have to worry. Linemen.. linebackers.. blocking backs etc

  39. 1bigtex says: Mar 28, 2012 5:22 AM

    It’s hard to work up much sympathy for Marinovich or Mandarich given all the various chemicals they put in their bodies. However, before anyone gets all worked up and stands on their “they all knew the risks going in” thrones, go back and take a look at what became of John Mackey, Mike Webster, or any number of others from earlier eras. There are plenty of guys who played the game at a high level, who didn’t become filthy rich for life, and who suffered terrible long term effects as a result of their participation in pro football. If there is evidence that the NFL as an entity failed to disclose a pattern of long term incapacitation among its players, then that evidence needs to see the light of day.

    I doubt very seriously that many would wish John Mackey’s eventual fate visited on their worst enemy. No one should ever be reduced to a vegatative state for the entertainment of others.

  40. joetoronto says: Mar 28, 2012 5:49 AM

    Rypien was born with the IQ of a foot stool, how the hell could they distinguish a concussion?

  41. browns627 says: Mar 28, 2012 6:52 AM

    some of these guys played longer in college and high school than they did in the nfl… maybe the should also sue there university, high school, jr high school and the pee wee league they were in. give me a break!

  42. jgedgar70 says: Mar 28, 2012 7:54 AM

    I can tell by this comment string I’m going to put myself on a lonely island, but I think the players have a case.

    When you have a trainer that tells the head coach, “Yes, he had a concussion, but it cleared by halftime,” that’s a pretty good exhibit A that the players weren’t completely informed about the ramifications of concussions. I don’t think any of the players are claiming they didn’t know they could get hurt playing this game; I do think they had no idea how the concussions would affect them later in life.

    Where the lawsuit might fail is that they have to prove the NFL did know the long-term effects and chose to hide them. I’m not sure they can do that. I think the problem was incompetence – like the idiot that told the head coach a concussion had cleared by halftime.

    All that being said, I do think the players jumping in on the suit now are looking for a cheap payday, Marinovich and Mandarich especially.

  43. eaglesw00t says: Mar 28, 2012 8:19 AM

    I agree with guys like Chuck Bednarik who call these guys pansies.

    Seriously…if your brain gets bruised and swells inside of your skull, isnt it kind of common sense that there could be long term affects?

    Does everyone really need to sue the NFL and say they didnt know concussions were bad?

    Is every one of these players filing suit claiming they would not have played due to concussion possibility? Of course not. They are looking for a payday because they blew their money.

    I believe the NFL should sue every ex player filing suit for hitting too hard and causing concussions. Add to the silliness.

  44. dikshuttle says: Mar 28, 2012 12:35 PM

    When aksed to comment further, Rypen exclaimed: “Bthpht. Nyyaaarghlgh. Tetherball!”

  45. redskinsrt says: Mar 28, 2012 1:04 PM

    katchop says: Mar 28, 2012 1:41 AM

    Didn’t Mark Rypien once headbutt the wall, in an un-padded corner of the endzone, after running in a TD? I’m pretty sure it was him, and that he knocked himself out of the game.

    I wonder if that’s one of the concussions he suing over.


    That was Gus Frerotte.. on a padded area… and it was a neck injury

  46. skin94249 says: Mar 28, 2012 5:57 PM

    Rypien’s two concussions came from trying to shave that bumpy face with a electric shaver.

  47. mwcarolina says: Mar 31, 2012 3:59 PM

    Mandarich and Marinovich are suing the NFL?
    i can see Rypien (kinda) suing, but how should Tony Mandarich sue???? maybe if he didnt roid up then he would’ve had a longer NFL career!! As for Todd Marinovich drugs, not trying hard, having a poor attitude and having a dad who tried to make you a QB since the age of 3 isnt an excuse or a reason for concussions.

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