Several of you have asked, given the ongoing rash of concussion-related lawsuits, for a full tally of the total number of former players who have instituted legal action.
Per a source with knowledge of the total number of actions and plaintiffs, and based on my rudimentary counting skills, nearly 1,200 former players have filed suit. (Specifically, I counted 1,186.)
And the number is always changing, because new lawsuits continuously are being filed.
At some point soon, I’ll go through the full list and pull out the recognizable names. For example, I didn’t previously realize that Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett has filed a claim.
Several other Hall of Famers have filed. More undoubtedly will. Regardless of how this all turns out, it has become an unprecedented legal attack on an American sports league by the men who used to play the game.