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Player-turned-lawyer leads latest concussion lawsuit

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Brad Culpepper, a former NFL player who became a lawyer after his career ended, has hired a lawyer of his own and joined the ever-growing throng of concussions plaintiffs.

According to, Culpepper and 25 others have filed suit against the NFL.  Also on the complaint are former Chiefs defensive back and former FOX analyst J.C. Pearson and two-time Pro Bowl punter Jim Arnold.  A separate lawsuit was filed by former Bucs and Raiders lineman Charley Hannah.

There are now more than 1,800 former players suing the NFL.

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  1. dldove77 says: May 9, 2012 8:14 AM

    I hate you, former players.

  2. bdawkins20 says: May 9, 2012 8:17 AM

    its not bad enough culpecker has his commercials for his own firm running every 5 minutes down here now he is suing. you knew the risks going in, all of you did. maybe i should sue my employer becasue i am tired or got sick at work a few times…..

  3. smartbutlazy says: May 9, 2012 8:19 AM

    This sucks. It’s going to destroy the NFL.

  4. chalkruz1989 says: May 9, 2012 8:36 AM

    I do take this seriously but how could a punter sue the NFL? That to me screams opportunity-seeker. I am not trying to be rude either, I just think a punter would have to show every time he was hit to justify the reason for suing.

  5. cjepp says: May 9, 2012 8:41 AM

    Living in the Tampa area, Culpepper’s lawyer commercials are on ALL THE TIME! Cool that he got this case.

  6. explosionsauce says: May 9, 2012 8:43 AM

    5% are probably legit, the rest are just trying to get more money to squander.

  7. godofwine330 says: May 9, 2012 8:55 AM

    Come on, now. A punter is on this list? Seriously? A punter? Now that is just about ridiculous. The only players with bigger skirts on them than quarterbacks are punters & kickers.

    This is getting…ahhh, hell. I’m thinking about putting my name on this list. I injured my head when I fell out of my chair when the Browns gave up 3 picks to move up one spot to get a player that the Vikings weren’t even going to draft. I think I’ve got a case…it’s probably a better one than that punter.

  8. bigbuc419 says: May 9, 2012 8:55 AM

    Culpepper has one of the biggest firms in Tampa and is very successful. How has a concussion harmed him? Typical lawyer jumping on a lawsuit! This guy should help with hgh testing instead, look at him now compared to the nfl days.

  9. jenniferxxx says: May 9, 2012 9:05 AM

    Free money !!! C’mon boys, there’s loot to be had. Forget High School teams … college teams … whatever, thay got no bucks. Forget the PEDs you sucked down allthose years. The NFL … rich and fat. C’mon … free money.

  10. dexterismyhero says: May 9, 2012 9:08 AM

    They never thought they would have medical issues and are looking for part of that $9 BILLION.


  11. cwhiteheadesq says: May 9, 2012 9:11 AM

    Florio, as I’m sure you’d agree, the fact Mr. Culpepper went to law school is strong circumstantial evidence of significant brain injury. The sad part is his family and friends allowed him to do it. Where was intervention when he needed it?

  12. bigjdve says: May 9, 2012 9:12 AM

    At this point, this is get really ridiculous. Are these players really going to say that they were so stupid that they couldn’t figure out that getting hit that much could cause health problems?

    Or could it be that like most people they see a chance at free money?

  13. pskotte says: May 9, 2012 9:19 AM

    How many of these players were unaware that there is an injury risk in the NFL before they signed their contracts? The sharks are being drawn by the blood in the water and are just looking for that big payoff.

    How is this different than hypothetical lawsuits from former police or firemen for hazardous duty?

  14. bdawkins20 says: May 9, 2012 9:21 AM

    i guess his law practice in tampa must be doing poorly so he nneds to get his. give me a break. you knew the risks going in. maybe i can sue my employer cause a guy here got me sick… give me a break.

  15. professorcolumbus says: May 9, 2012 9:30 AM

    Sounds like someone is gonna be aggressive and tenacious.

    I love that latest commercial where they are pushing over the poorly animated CGI words representing all the tough obstacles they help you overcome, like “medical bills.” Or the one where they are pretending that they are holding a press conference on the courtroom steps after a big trial, as if they were representing someone in a high profile murder, instead of some dummy suing another dummy over something stupid.

  16. 561bengal says: May 9, 2012 9:35 AM

    Never loved the game only the money.

  17. vetdana says: May 9, 2012 9:41 AM

    Greed ! …….

    There are now more than 1,800 former players suing the NFL.

    Let us see…..that is 1800 throws of the dice hoping to hit it BIG…with a settlement…and the possible chance to sink the NFL ship. So much for what the game had given to them…When it comes to money…..nothing else matters !..What a shame !

  18. briggsisbrokeagain says: May 9, 2012 9:46 AM

    “bigbuc419 says:May 9, 2012 8:55 AM

    Culpepper has one of the biggest firms in Tampa and is very successful. How has a concussion harmed him? Typical lawyer jumping on a lawsuit! This guy should help with hgh testing instead, look at him now compared to the nfl days.”

    How about it. These explayers are willing to sue the very employers that paid them millions of dollars to play a violent game that they all knew had a probability of health issues when their careers were over. Now that they all blew their money on exwives and stupid business deals they are coming right back to the trough they drank from before, it’s sickening.

  19. joetoronto says: May 9, 2012 9:46 AM

    This is the world we live in now.

    If someone or something has allot of money, everyone feels they’re entitled to it.


  20. dcrudy says: May 9, 2012 9:49 AM

    A punter ? Seriously ? Ok, now this is just piling on.

  21. vetdana says: May 9, 2012 9:51 AM

    Nobody has collected a settlement yet ! If these …go to trial…I would love to be on the Jury ! I wonder if any of these lawyers realize there is another side to this story.[how foolish they all look]……….Greed rears its ugly head….

  22. piglesias20 says: May 9, 2012 10:13 AM

    Have you seen the new Trailer for Rocky 7?

    Rocky joins the lawsuit to sue the NFL because he feels boxing caused him to receive too many violent blows to the head. In the end Rocky goes toe to toe with Roger Goddell in a bare knuckle match at an NFLPA meeting where Rocky wins and then immediately dies from his injuries. His brain is later donated and it is found that these guys have had applesauce for brains since they started smashing their heads into things at the age of 7. The big bad NFL then orders all current plaintiffs to have there brains examined. This results in all their deaths because they all volunteered to have their brains taken out and examined. Their families are now suing because the NFL never told them they would die if they had their brains examined…You see the greedy NFL machine sitting at a conference table with a big bowl of applesauce and them eating it with large spoons…fade to black…Fin.

  23. cobrala2 says: May 9, 2012 10:19 AM

    What??? A player left the game and changed careers?! That’s impossible without the assistance of the NFL!

  24. hendawg21 says: May 9, 2012 10:24 AM

    Oh please it’s all about mo money, mo money, mo money…and you know if these were guys who played back in the day when you needed an off-season job to make ends meet I just might have some sympathy, but most of these guys are of the era where they god PAID and blew it all and have nothing to show for it. Now they are looking for one more BIG payday.

  25. sj39 says: May 9, 2012 10:26 AM

    Maybe he can get a lawyer turned blogger to help him with the case.

  26. crubenst says: May 9, 2012 10:34 AM

    How the hell is a punter allowed to join the group?

  27. hendawg21 says: May 9, 2012 10:34 AM

    Btw does this mean I can now go back and sue my HS I had a concussion playing football some 30 plus years ago does that count LOL

  28. dikshuttle says: May 9, 2012 10:36 AM

    Wait – so you’re saying even someone with brain damage can become a lawyer?

    ‘Cause that’s in essence what he’s claiming happened.

  29. hendawg21 says: May 9, 2012 10:37 AM

    If Deon joins this suit then we know it’s flawed cuz he never hit anyone or got hit, best he could do is probably in-grown toe nail or back spasms…

  30. oldschoolomen says: May 9, 2012 10:43 AM

    These players jumping on the law suit this late in the game should have to face some repercussions. If you are a plaintiff in this case, you should forfeit the opportunity to enter the Hall of Fame. You should forfeit any amount of money you receive from the NFL (pensions, royalties, etc.), and you should only be able to talk about your days in the NFL with the express written consent of the National Football League. Championship rings stripped. Records wiped clean.

    Because you volunteered to play a game for a living, and by suing the NFL you’re saying you renounce your ties to the league. So let’s go all out.

  31. godofwine330 says: May 9, 2012 11:02 AM

    Now if Matt Bahr was on this list I would understand and it would be 100% justified knowing how many tackles he made (this guy has more tackles than any kicker in NFL history, I’d bet). But this punter dude? No way.

  32. 69finfan says: May 9, 2012 11:02 AM

    Garo Yepremian is part of the lawsuit against the NFL. I guess his tie business must of bombed. When did he ever get hit although one could argue that he was under the effects of a concussion when he attempted his pass against the Redskins in the SB. Brad Culpepper is very well know in the Tampa Bay area as an Ambulance Chaser, now he has hired an Ambulance Chaser, Perfect.

  33. liner1900 says: May 9, 2012 11:03 AM

    Now that Culpepper looks to weigh about 170 lbs, I’d like to know what he took to keep is playing weight north of 270.

  34. mattamp says: May 9, 2012 11:15 AM

    What an ungrateful freaking jerk. Is he going to sue himself for roiding up when he was playing because he wouldn’t have been big enough to play next to Warren Sapp without cheating? Or maybe the Bucs? Typical self serving lawyer. Did a concussion prevent him from failing the bar exam?
    Culpepper is a disgrace to the Tampa area. Go chase an ambulance.

  35. skinstidecubsfan says: May 9, 2012 11:30 AM

    Pro Bowl punter Jim Arnold
    WTF would a punter join this? it ain’t like the guy made 10,000 tackles being a punter is it?

  36. monkeesfan says: May 9, 2012 11:57 AM

    And what do these players think they will accomplish? There never was any deception of them.

  37. blackqbwhiterb says: May 9, 2012 11:58 AM

    It’s eerily reminiscent of the Tobacco settlement years ago, where they tobacco companies were sued because people didn’t know smoking was bad for them. What a joke!!
    However, there WILL be a settlement, just like that one, probably something along the lines of free health care for all former players at the expense of the league, or something. Ridiculous, but these former players will keep it going until the league finds it cheaper to settle than continue fighting.
    Behind the scenes there are doubtlessly other unions watching to see if any legal precedents are set in this case which will be used as case law when they sue other big corporations on behalf of former workers, etc….

  38. granadafan says: May 9, 2012 12:16 PM

    Next on the list to sue the NFL for the payday are cameramen and cheerleaders who were hit when players went out of bounds. Referees will soon join the lottery, er lawsuits for sometimes getting crunched by players.

  39. musicman495 says: May 9, 2012 12:21 PM

    For every genius commenter who says that players knew about risks of football head injuries before they signed their contracts, apparently Roger Goodell does not agree with you:

    “Congress grills Goodell about head injuries
    October 29, 2009|Daily News Wire Services

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, while defending the league’s policies on concussions before Congress, would not acknowledge a connection between head injuries on the football field and later brain diseases.

    Under sometimes-contentious questioning from lawmakers – and suggestions about reconsidering the league’s lucrative antitrust exemption – Goodell sat at a witness table yesterday alongside NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith.

    Both men agreed to turn over players’ medical records to the House Judiciary Committee.”

  40. mrstpaul says: May 9, 2012 12:24 PM

    liner1900 says:
    May 9, 2012 11:03 AM
    Now that Culpepper looks to weigh about 170 lbs, I’d like to know what he took to keep is playing weight north of 270.

    I saw Culpepper on a TV show a few years back. He said the reason he retired from the NFL was because he played at around 295 pounds and the team was urging him to bulk up to 325 – 330. He said it wasn’t healthy for him to be at that weight. He weighs 215 now.

  41. all32 says: May 9, 2012 12:59 PM

    Maybe the fans should find a way to bring a lawsuit against the former players.

  42. drbrousters says: May 9, 2012 1:35 PM

    Since most brain trauma from closed head injuries is recent research. Research is not necessarily proof and needs to be reviewed and accepted. Recently there is more evidence of the relationship between concussion and cognitive impairment. Yes, there always was believed to be a relationship, but no one had ever shown it to be true.

    AND the NFL has been more agressive in protecting players from and treating players for this problem. To sue now for past injury is inappropriate…not that they won’t win…but…

    It’s like passing a law against smoking, then arresting/fining everyone who ever bought cigarettes.

  43. oldschoolomen says: May 9, 2012 3:48 PM

    musicman429, I’ve never played NFL football, but I’ve known there was a serious risk of injury while playing football since I was probably 12. And I don’t need Roger Goodell or anyone else to testify that on field concussions lead to later brain issues.

    In football, you can get a concussion. A concussion is not good for your brain. Multiple concussions, or even 1 serious one, can have a large impact on your brain in the future.

    I didn’t need congress, the NFL commissioner, or even my parents to understand that. I played anyway, without any thought of monetary compensation. If I could find a full contact league close to home, I’d play now. For free, and with a smile on my face.

    That’s why people are criticizing NFL players. They aren’t doing it for free. They’re doing it for a boat load of money and then complaining about it. Pardon me while I have zero pity for them.

  44. cuda1234 says: May 9, 2012 7:34 PM

    Culpepper’s no dummy. He completed law school, passed the bar and runs a successful law firm. He carved out a 10-year NFL career as a 300 lb lineman. In college he was captain of the football team, student body president and engaged to the homecoming queen. He also survived a near-fatal boating accident as a teenager. He’s spoken openly about how unhealthy it is for most people to carry around 300 lbs.

    If the media should pay more attention to former players like Culpepper and less attention to guys like TO.

  45. drbrousters says: May 10, 2012 9:59 AM

    “Culpepper’s no dummy. He completed law school, passed the bar and runs a successful law firm.”
    AFTER playing in the NFL and “damaging” his brain.

    “He carved out a 10-year NFL career as a 300 lb lineman…He’s spoken openly about how unhealthy it is for most people to carry around 300 lbs.”
    AFTER playing in the NFL at 300lbs.

    “…the media should pay more attention to former players like Culpepper and less attention to guys like TO.”
    No one should doubt his accomplishments or character. What I’m having trouble with is doing what he did, knowing the risk (because “Culpepper’s no dummy”) and THEN filing a lawsuit as if the risk was not known by players, but WAS known by owners.

    Are professional fighters filing lawsuits agains the various boxing associations?

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