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Gale Sayers withdraws concussion lawsuit he says he didn’t authorize

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As the settlement of the 4,500-plus concussion lawsuits trudges forward, other suits may pop up.  At least one has disappeared as quickly as it arose.

Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers has withdraw a concussion lawsuit against the NFL.  Per Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune, Sayers contends it was filed without his authorization.

“I had about one half of a concussion in all of the years that I played,” Sayed told the Tribune.  “I didn’t say any of the things [lawyer John F. Winters] said in the paper.”

Winters claims Sayers authorized the filing of the lawsuit on Tuesday before changing his mind on Saturday.

“I didn’t sign anything,” Sayers said.  “I talked to the attorney, but there wasn’t nothing to it.”

Sayers doesn’t need to file suit to be included in the $765 million settlement; it covers all retired players.  However, Sayers needs to have “severe cognitive impairment” in order to obtain compensation.  Some players without “severe cognitive impairment” may choose to continue to pursue litigation.  Other players without “severe cognitive impairment” who haven’t sued may still try to do so.

Sayers isn’t one of them.

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7 Responses to “Gale Sayers withdraws concussion lawsuit he says he didn’t authorize”
  1. source7769 says: Sep 22, 2013 7:36 AM

    good Gale you are better than that

  2. lgbarn says: Sep 22, 2013 7:44 AM

    I refuse to believe anyone ever got a clean shot on Gale Sayers or Barry Sanders. Those guy were just too slick to get hit flush.

  3. s2mikey says: Sep 22, 2013 7:53 AM

    Great, as always, lawsuits are going to ruin it for everyone else. No more kickoffs, no more hitting, no more nothing. It’s going to be flag football soon. Just great.

  4. starderup says: Sep 22, 2013 8:23 AM

    He was so fluid and silky smooth when making his cuts. You really have to watch archive films of him running to fully appreciate what a gifted RB he was. Nobody has even come close since he retired.

  5. bennyb82 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:54 AM


  6. ehawley01 says: Sep 22, 2013 9:05 AM

    Sayers is an honorable man, he played in the days where it was love of the game and not the almighty dollar. It’s the old saying, don’t hire out as a lightning rod, if you don’t want to get struck!
    Football is a contact sport!

  7. realitycheckbaby says: Sep 22, 2013 2:34 PM

    Gayle withdrew his suit after being quoted asking, “Did I play football?”

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