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Pat White drops concussion lawsuit as he prepares to return to NFL

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Well, here’s a development that likely won’t be sent via email by the lawyers representing the former players who are suing the NFL for concussions.

According to Nathan Fenno of the Washington Times, Pat White had joined the concussion lawsuit when he was a former player.  Now that he’s reportedly poised to become a current player again with the Redskins, he is dropping his claim.

During his one season in the NFL, White apparently suffered only one concussion, in a game against the Steelers.  A hit from cornerback Ike Taylor knocked White out, and resulted in him being removed from the field immobilized on a stretcher.

His lawsuit had alleged, per Fenno, that he “continues to suffer from permanent injuries [including] severe headaches, speech issues, memory loss.”  If that’s true, then how will he pass a physical?

If that’s not true, it makes us wonder how many of the other allegations made by the former players suing the NFL concussions aren’t true, either.

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64 Responses to “Pat White drops concussion lawsuit as he prepares to return to NFL”
  1. kerryc21realty says: Apr 2, 2013 6:20 PM

    The skins are making good moves in the offseason to spite a certain corrupt owner of the giants and a commissioner that allows himself to pushed around by that certain owner

  2. stereocenter says: Apr 2, 2013 6:21 PM

    next article up (some time during camp when he gets cut): “Pat White attempts to re-file concussion lawsuit as he prepares to leave the NFL”

  3. johnnycash19 says: Apr 2, 2013 6:21 PM

    Another Pat White article? I would understand if Pat White was a good QB when he was in the NFL, but Pat White sucked.

    I don’t know what’s worse. Reading about a career back up QB who did nothing in the NFL, or reading about how a QB went 45-46 at his pro day and looked GREAT!

  4. ripster65 says: Apr 2, 2013 6:21 PM

    Interesting. What’s to keep him from “picking up” his claim once he’s knocked out again?

  5. calicowboysfan86 says: Apr 2, 2013 6:22 PM

    That says a lot…

  6. dhgreen99 says: Apr 2, 2013 6:23 PM

    Did the issues go away? Or did his bank account go away?

  7. anasdonuts says: Apr 2, 2013 6:24 PM

    That probably ends his last real chance to make money in professional football. I can hear it now……”Would you like to try our new and improved McRib sandwich?”

  8. boogymanoflamancha says: Apr 2, 2013 6:25 PM

    What a loser…Anyone want to bet that when he gets cut he’s back on the lawsuit bandwagon?

  9. cooklynn17 says: Apr 2, 2013 6:25 PM

    Whatever pat, money grab 101. But now I can get my foot back in the door, let’s drop this thing.

    He should not be allowed near an NFL stadium.

    What a joke…

  10. kegowhisky says: Apr 2, 2013 6:26 PM

    Awkward. Glad you dredged this up!

  11. bullsonparade2399 says: Apr 2, 2013 6:26 PM

    Pat White has not been competing at any level sine his senior year in high school! This guy is a joke, just another act of an NFL team trying to use the mobility option read QB.

  12. cooklynn17 says: Apr 2, 2013 6:29 PM

    Hey Kerry

    Us Giants fans love our corrupt owner. And the fact he did it to the Redskins makes us love him more.

    Keep bringing it up and we will relish it.

    I love me some John Mara!!!!!!!

  13. Max says: Apr 2, 2013 6:31 PM

    Good question

    “If that’s not true, it makes us wonder how many of the other allegations made by the former players suing the NFL concussions aren’t true, either.”

  14. qwerty007qwerty007 says: Apr 2, 2013 6:33 PM

    Hello Mr White. Before we even look at you, please sign this form:

    “I understand that football in an inherently dangerous sport and I assume all risks involved with playing football, which may include everything up to, and including, death. I surrender all of my rights to sue for damages anytime before, during and after my career is over( which includes any agents, family members or survivors) and hold the NFL, it’s teams and owners and everyone associated with the sport, harmless.”

    —————————
    Pat White

  15. turdfurgerson68 says: Apr 2, 2013 6:36 PM

    I renounce my thoughts of White seeming like a decent fellow…

    Tall about an opportunist…and a liar.

  16. soysauceandunderwear says: Apr 2, 2013 6:37 PM

    Whites reversal of claim is representative of the attitude of many former players; they are only involved in the lawsuit for money. They knew what they were doing (risking) and would continue to do so given the opportunity. All of the suits should be thrown out.

    Athletes are COMPENSATED for their work, which includes both reward and risk. All of us in the real world assume the same everyday. But if we develop carpal tunnel syndrome from typing, a back issue from lifting, or poor eye site from reading we are not entitled to have our employers pay us more. We know the risks. We are compensated. We can find a new job if we feel the risk is too great.

    So can these athletes. And White’s actions show his true motivations.

  17. Steeley McBeam says: Apr 2, 2013 6:37 PM

    He only got hit once!

    When those game checks stop coming in former players need to find another way to squeeze the league for another few years salary. Unfortunately, its causing some unintended consequences like the new RB rule.

    I’ve never had a problem with some kind of pension plans for former players if it will keep them from suing the NFL for reasons like this and keep the game from becoming flag football.

  18. anthonyjnovelli says: Apr 2, 2013 6:38 PM

    If you are 150 lbs in the NFL any hit will almost end your life

  19. footballfan58 says: Apr 2, 2013 6:38 PM

    You have GOT to be kidding me!!!!

  20. logicailvoicesays says: Apr 2, 2013 6:39 PM

    Once again, Bruce Allen, Dan Snyder and Mike Shanahan show why the Redskins are the best team in football. They find the best talent and they dig up diamonds in the rough like Pat White.

    The Redskins now have the best player in football as their starting QB and a backup who could start for any team but the Redskins. Reports are that several teams offered the Redskins a 1st and 2nd round pick for Kirk Cousins this offseason but got turned down. Just wait until the offers roll in for Pat White once other teams realize that if Bruce Allen finds a player that players must be great.

    #RedskinsbestteaminNFLhistory

  21. rajbais says: Apr 2, 2013 6:40 PM

    Kyle Turley had a back injury and was suffering from atrophy and tried to apply for disability after he was done with the Rams.

    What happened two seasons after his last one as a Ram, he became a Chief.

    This isn’t new.

    At the same time, White might be making concussion symptom contrarian doctors look vindicated.

  22. egomaniac247 says: Apr 2, 2013 6:42 PM

    You didn’t tell me about the dangers! I’m SUING YOU!

    Wait what? I can play again? Where do I sign?

  23. cfeeley52 says: Apr 2, 2013 6:47 PM

    bullsonparade2399 says:
    Apr 2, 2013 6:26 PM
    Pat White has not been competing at any level sine his senior year in high school! This guy is a joke, just another act of an NFL team trying to use the mobility option read QB.
    ———————————-
    hasn’t competed since high school…?

    White played 4 years at WVU, shattered every school record, won 2 BCS bowls, fell one game short of playing in the national championship, was a leading Heisman candidate until said loss, and is widely considered the greatest QB to ever wear blue and gold.

    But yea he really hasn’t competed since high school…

    Don’t get me wrong I still think the dropped lawsuit is a bunch of BS, but please at least get your facts straight before you bash one of my Mountaineers.

  24. theguywhotoldtimtebowtoshutthefup says: Apr 2, 2013 6:48 PM

    Good point.

  25. mrlaloosh says: Apr 2, 2013 6:49 PM

    Nothing like sticking it to a bunch of plaintiffs lawyers. Sweet.

  26. leggett17 says: Apr 2, 2013 6:50 PM

    What an epic piece of crap. The little fella still can’t read defenses or see over lineman but he will do wonders on the practice squad.

  27. 1590t says: Apr 2, 2013 6:53 PM

    Get real – money grab – pure and simple

  28. demo1984 says: Apr 2, 2013 6:53 PM

    So Pat White runs attempts 5 passes in the NFL and runs the ball 21 times in his career and he sues the league because of the hits he took LOL.
    I wonder how that conversation went.

    Shanahan: ” What about the law suit you are part of because of the hits you took?”

    White: ” I guess those hits were not as bad as I first thought.”

    I wonder how the other NFL players listed in the lawsuit who actually have problems feel about this. Doesnt his dropping the lawsuit raise questions to how many other players are only part of the lawsuit for the MONEY and doesnt that hurt the credibility of the lawsuit in a defense lawyers mind anyway.

  29. zackattack006 says: Apr 2, 2013 6:54 PM

    I guess his condition is so bad that even forgot he was part of the lawsuit.

  30. nfl4days says: Apr 2, 2013 6:54 PM

    Of course most of these lawsuits are people looking for some easy money. Deion Sanders said this weeks ago and got flamed for it.

  31. dmravens says: Apr 2, 2013 6:56 PM

    If that’s not true, it makes us wonder how many of the other allegations made by the former players suing the NFL concussions aren’t true, either.

    A jury will also “wonder” same thing, and Pat White dropping his claim as soon as he had a potential opportunity to return to the league will have far greater impact on NFL in terms of dealing with concussions and lawsuits by former players then his play as QB will ever have.

  32. rtant2013 says: Apr 2, 2013 6:57 PM

    @cooklynn17

    Did you also love finishing 3rd in the East behind the two teams Mara complained and whined about because he knew his chances on making the playoffs were over? Hmm yeah, his plan really worked right?? Hahahaha only 36 mill less then you guys and your team sat at home watching the Redskins play in the playoffs. Giants fans should be really worried, Cruz might not even play till week 10 or might not even be on the team, and injury prone Nicks will be Eli’s only target. Hmm yeah I’d I were a Giants fan I’d probably shut up.

  33. mythaimyke says: Apr 2, 2013 7:12 PM

    Its called FRAUD!

  34. granadafan says: Apr 2, 2013 7:12 PM

    Well done, Florio. Pat White is a major hypocrite. The concussion lawsuit and the lawyers pulling Goodell’s puppet strings are ruining the game.

  35. michaeljacksonisback says: Apr 2, 2013 7:19 PM

    WHO??????

  36. cmdrsmooth says: Apr 2, 2013 7:19 PM

    Wow. NFL should make players sign a waiver and warning that playing in NFL can cause severe permanent damage. This way players can quit while they still have there health.

  37. kerryc21realty says: Apr 2, 2013 7:26 PM

    HEY COOKLYNN, as a New Yorker you would relish cheating and corruption. sure is nice to dominate your old declining team every season, we relish that

  38. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 2, 2013 7:48 PM

    If I ever had any doubts that those bleeding-hearted lawsuits were nothing more than a fraudulent money-grab, Pat White erased those doubts with one felt swoop.
    ESPN has got to stop its constant and excessive support of these down-and-out former NFL players.
    No one has presented a shred of evidence that playing football is harmful. There’s zero evidence that former football players die sooner than the average male. There’s no evidence to support claims that former NFL players’ memories are any worse than mine or yours.
    This nonsense has got to stop.
    Pat White has proven himself to be a liar. He should be jailed for filing a fraudulent claim. Pretty simple.

  39. 69finfan says: Apr 2, 2013 7:49 PM

    Maybe he got a hold of some deer antler spray and he’s all better now. Of course when he gets released again and is out of the NFL there is probably a 100% chance the symptoms will return.

  40. draftbreakdown says: Apr 2, 2013 7:50 PM

    3 Pat White articles in one day. WVU! WVU!

    Somewhere Tim Tebow and the deer antler guy are crying that PFT has forgotten them.

  41. EJ says: Apr 2, 2013 7:57 PM

    He better hope that whatever team signs him(Redskins) doesn’t cut him during training camp. Reason being, him dropping that lawsuit and rejoining after he is done playing again makes him look totally unbelievable.

  42. fearthehoody says: Apr 2, 2013 7:58 PM

    Im gonna take a wild guess that 95% of this law suit claims have Pat White type “Symptoms”

  43. boyshole25 says: Apr 2, 2013 8:09 PM

    Huge skins fan here and I agree with other posters this guy shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the nfl

  44. nomoreseasontix says: Apr 2, 2013 8:11 PM

    The whole thing is a farce anyway.

    The lion’s share of any judgement awarded will be eaten up by “Attorney’s fees”, with whatever fraction that is left divided among the hundreds of plaintifs.

    They’ll be very lucky to see more than $200 each when the smoke clears.

    That’s the dirty secret of civil litigation in this country.

    But… it’s not really a secret.

  45. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 2, 2013 8:47 PM

    And when he gets cut in preseason, the lawsuit will be back on?

  46. PriorKnowledge says: Apr 2, 2013 8:52 PM

    for all those who think that signing a waiver means anything: It doesn’t mean a thing.

  47. jdrew506 says: Apr 2, 2013 9:16 PM

    Nice too see this site does not believe in freedom of speach since my posts are being censored. Either that or they just are closet lovers of logical, the redskins and the rest of their fans who spew garbage out of their mouths

  48. ragingsea says: Apr 2, 2013 9:16 PM

    “Pat White drops concussion lawsuit as he prepares to return to NFL”

    LOL…. Imagine THAT!

  49. ragingsea says: Apr 2, 2013 9:17 PM

    “Nice too see this site does not believe in freedom of speach since my posts are being censored. Either that or they just are closet lovers of logical, the redskins and the rest of their fans who spew garbage out of their mouths”
    ________________________________

    Yes, most of mine too. Very cheesy, huh?

  50. kinguga says: Apr 2, 2013 9:19 PM

    Pat White’s legal representation, if not in fact, but in spirit, is provided by one Mike Florio.

  51. jdrew506 says: Apr 2, 2013 9:29 PM

    Its not cheesy, its sad. Never been censored on HBT or PHT but here where only the supposed real men and the supposed only real sport is does. Its actually kinda pathetic.

  52. ragingsea says: Apr 2, 2013 9:49 PM

    I happy to see others witnessing this action. It’s not just me. :)

  53. wmelch says: Apr 2, 2013 10:17 PM

    logicailvoicesays says:

    The Redskins now have the best player in football as their starting QB and a backup who could start for any team but the Redskins

    Pretty good crop o’husk this year, loggy. Don’t bogart.

    By the way, did you know that your screenname is not spelled correctly.

  54. ragingsea says: Apr 2, 2013 10:33 PM

    “The Redskins now have the best player in football as their starting QB and a backup who could start for any team but the Redskins”
    _____________________________

    You’re delusional if you believe Kirk Cousins “could start for any team” in the NFL “but the Redskins.”

    Let’s see, there’s Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers, just name half a dozen he couldn’t unseat. Get real!

  55. ragingsea says: Apr 2, 2013 10:35 PM

    And Ben Roethlisberger makes half a dozen!

  56. bengalskuta82 says: Apr 3, 2013 12:27 AM

    Haha..some of these NFL players just crack me up..
    When the NFL takes measures to protect the players, they complain that the NFL is taking away the game but then when they’re without a job, they quickly join the concussion lawsuit and say the NFL didn’t protect them..wha what do these guys really want??

  57. latenightroach says: Apr 3, 2013 12:31 AM

    LOL Pat White? The rag doll? Oh dear God.

    Even Tebow is a better QB than this guy, at least he can take a hit.

  58. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Apr 3, 2013 3:46 AM

    Like he’s gonna make more money from June to September as a camp arm for the ‘Skins then he’ll make as a co-plaintiff in the upcoming billion dollar out-of-court settlement.

    This is proof he has brain damage.

  59. ziplock10 says: Apr 3, 2013 5:53 AM

    A local DC station reported that White was going to the Giants for a physical to be a RGIII wannabe for practice sake. The Redskins gave him a contract.

    Anything to piss Mara off is alright by me..

    BTW? He’s replacing Grossman, maybe??

    That’s a downgrade? I don’t think so!

  60. ziplock10 says: Apr 3, 2013 5:55 AM

    Kirk Cousins could start for 1 team short of half the leagues teams.

  61. steeelfann says: Apr 3, 2013 8:05 AM

    What a d-Bag. Throw a lawsuit on the NFL and get money then drop it when they hire you. Yea, Pat White, high character guy.

  62. steeelfann says: Apr 3, 2013 8:12 AM

    Okay, you pay me tons of money to play a kid’s game so I don’t have to have a real job. Yea, yea thanks.

    Okay now it is inherently a contact sport. Okay? Yea, yea, no problem, I understand, plus I have a helment, pads, and you provide me a doctor on the sidelines. What a great industy this football stuff.

    Oops, Ike Taylor hit me hard. Owieeee. Plus, I don’t play much any way, so no fair.

    What, everyone is suing the NFL because they want money? Yes, count me in, cause those fools cut me.

    Mr. White, you know you can get hurt playing a contact sport before you signed up, we explained that and you have some, if not a lot, of common sense, correct?

    Yep, but my lawyers said you have to pay me. So pay up.

    But you are not hurt, never mind it is inherent in job and the risk you are paid for.

    So, pay me.

    Hey, want a job?

    Yes, I was just kidding bout lawsuit.

  63. losntina69 says: Apr 3, 2013 9:53 AM

    So when he wasnt playing it was okay to sue the NFL because of the hits that he took. Now that a NFL team is going to sign him he is okay with getting hit? Does that make sense?

  64. theclaim says: Apr 3, 2013 1:49 PM

    cooklynn17 says:
    Apr 2, 2013 6:29 PM
    Hey Kerry

    Us Giants fans love our corrupt owner. And the fact he did it to the Redskins makes us love him more.

    Keep bringing it up and we will relish it.

    I love me some John Mara!!!!!!!

     Hey cooklynn, Redskins fans love the fact that we have owned you over the last 2 seasons to the tune of 3-1( would have been 4-0 had mt. Dew Williams hadn’t blown coverage vs Salsa boy) BTW Mara… Yeah seeings how he is leaving his best rec flapping out in the wind, maybe Cruz SHOULD hold out til week 10 and get out!

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