Jamal Anderson, Don Majkowski lead latest group of concussion plaintiffs

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At one point, new concussion lawsuits were coming in at the rate of roughly one per week.  Now, it seems like at least one new suit is being filed every day.

The Associated Press (which for some reason hasn’t been noticing many of the recent filings) reports that former Falcons running back Jamal Anderson and former Packers quarterback Don Majkowski have filed suit, along with more than 100 other former players.

That puts the total number of former players who have filed above 1,600.  Surely, more will be coming, especially in the wake of Junior Seau’s death.

Anderson told CNN on Thursday that he fully expects to “have some issues down the line.”  Without directly acknowledging that he is one of the former players who have sued, Anderson claimed that information was hidden from players by the league.

33 responses to “Jamal Anderson, Don Majkowski lead latest group of concussion plaintiffs

  1. Can anyone PLEASE provide any information or proof that the NFL knew about the affects of the concussions and hid them??? If they didnt know about the long term affects, then they are not at fault. It was a risk they took when they signed up to play and accepted their millions of dollars to do so.

  2. These guys are going to ruin the game with
    This apparent money grab! They made millions
    of dollars. I played ball and knew there were
    inherit risk in playing and didn’t earn a dime, but
    you wouldn’t have been able to keep me off the
    field. All thes lawsuits are gonna do is change the
    game in the interest in safety. Like no more
    kick offs. It won’t be the same game!

    Al Davis Forever!!!
    Just Win Baby!!!

  3. What do they hope to gain. They made millions; most of them anyway. In any event, they knew what they were getting in to when they decided to put on the pads. Jamal Anderson was obviously deemed brain dead when he came up with that stupid dirty bird dance.

  4. This is ridiculous. Do these idiots not realize going in that when you slam your head against another dude’s head time and time again that there’s gonna be long term effects?

  5. These lawsuits are a worker’s compensation issue. Any amount awarded to the players should not be in the form of cash payments. The potential judgement needs to be held in escrow and paid out only to address verifiable medical and long-term care expenses.

    There simply is no conspiracy to “hide information” from the players. They knew that playing professional football came with the inherent risk of many sorts of injuries, including concussions. The potential long term effects of concussions has been public knowledge for decades.

    This is a blatant money grab from a bunch of dudes who wasted the fortunes they were paid to play the game and opportunistic attorneys. I haven’t read about any of the plaintiffs being former players who invested wisely and found long term success after football.

  6. Current Players: “The NFL is turning this in to a flag football league! Just let us hit!”

    As Soon As They Retire: “I cant believe the NFL let me get hit!! Give me money!”

  7. Somebody ask Jamal Anderson what issues he expects down the road from his cocaine habit?

  8. Any word on whether or not he’s going to get Kate Upton to do the “dirty bird.” Now that’ll be a video I’d like to see.

  9. I don’t mean to sound insensitive to the plight of these former players, but if the game of football has affected this many players, then maybe it is time to just ban the game. It seems as if every former player is joining this money grab, I mean lawsuit, and it obviously shows that we should never allow it to be played again. Of course with no football, these former players won’t be able to continue to get their pension checks since no money is being made, but I’m sure to preserve the safety of future generations they would have no problem with this.

  10. Well….you can definitely expect that the plaintiff pool is going to be 10,000 + players at some point.

    This this will be litigated to death and the lawyers will be the only winners. As with all class action suits, the plaintiffs will all get about $875 each when all is said and done.

    Nest sport lawyers will be salivating over? Boxing!

  11. Oh come on now, can’t they see this has become more about money than anything else…these former broke players are looking for another pay day. Let’s do a study on the players who have joined this lawsuit and see how many are truly broke now, this is getting way out of hand. If you look at the guys from back in the leather helmet days, how many of them committed suicide from repeated concussions etc., hell Sammy Baugh lived well into his 90’s sure they like most who play such a physical game have aches and pains but it’s the lifestyle they chose, i have lower back problems, bad knees from sports and my early days in the military from running in combat boots but hey such is life and you know what i’d do all again.

  12. I think Jamal snorting cocaine off of the toilet at ESPN helped with his brain damage.

    The future of the game is bleak. Between the concussion lawsuits and the other lawsuits former players are putting on the NFL for other medical needs/dysfunctions, the NFL could very well go belly up.

    A lot of younger kids don’t play at a young age for a number of reasons, parents can’t afford it, parents rather kids not play, etc., and this brings a smaller pool of potential players up through the ranks.

    With all of the lawsuits hitting the NFL, who says this cannot happen at the collegiate level too? Could you imagine public universities that are taking state budget cuts now getting sued for health issues of former student athletes? Hell it could even trickle down to the high school level, who would stop it?

    I honestly think that this is the beginning of a slow process that will eventually end the NFL.

  13. poohman1975 says:May 4, 2012 7:47 AM

    Whatever Jamal Anderson, you will have problems down the road because you like to sniff coke off the back of toilets


    Yup-Jamal put up a good year or two then hurt his knee a few times and was gone. I doubt he was ever the brightest bulb in the box on his best day.

    Regarding your coke comment from his incident in Buckhead (if I remember correctly), I agree that these guys better be ready to answer some really embarrassing questions about their past because everything in their past should be (and most likley will be) fair game.

    My prediction is that this is all settled out of court and the fans end up paying even higher ticket prices to pay off the settlement. Maybe the NFL will just declare bankruptcy to get out of it and re-open shop as the IFL (International Football League) as that is where they are going anyway. Sell franchises in the new league to current owners for $1 or something. Most of the guys in this lawsuit were never big time stars-where is Ronnie Lott, Singletary, etc on the list. These guys blew their money from playing and now want another payday. If they get it, most of the money will be blown in 6 months anyway.

  14. It’s called assumption of the risk. These idiots could have chosen to be the night manager at the local 7-11, instead of making (squandering) millions playing a sport. Please.

  15. I’m sorry, but I can’t stand to read any more about “greedy players who wasted away their millions” without saying something.

    The fact of the matter is that class action lawsuits often have minimal returns for the plaintiffs involved. As I’m sure Florio, Esq. can detail further, a large chunk of any settlement money that is rewarded goes to lawyers in fees, with the rest split up among the plaintiffs. If these lawsuits do end up netting any settlement, the money awarded to many players will most likely go to covering the high medical bills that many have accrued over the years (When I had only a concussion after a car wreck, I ended up paying approx. $1k in bill AFTER insurance kicked in). There are a staggering number of guys like the late John Mackey who require a large amount of care, and, even with programs like the 88 plan, still have to pay out of pocket.

    The main goal of many class action lawsuits is to affect change that otherwise would not occur without monetary penalties to the defendants. The largest tobacco producers in the US didn’t start admitting that smoking was detrimental to health until after they were fined $205 billion in ’98. I’m not naive enough to say that all 1,600 players have joined the lawsuits with progressive reforms to the game as their main focus, but at the end of the day, that will be the biggest result of a settlement in their favor.

    We all must take the concussion/CTE issue seriously, as more evidence mounts that the issue is not solely a football issue, but a public health issue (Many soldiers who return from Iraq/Afghanistan and commit suicide are showing signs of CTE, but that’s a discussion/rant for another time). While the NFL is beginning to take steps to reduce concussions, if the drastic measures needed to all but eliminate them from the game (no more kickoffs, no more helmets to reduce reckless play, etc.) are only taken as a result of a class action lawsuit, I am all for it. I know it is heresy to say so, but I would much rather see a safer version of football being played for a long time, than the game end because we weren’t smart enough to make the correct, responsible changes.

  16. The league should go after Jamal Anderson for being ‘roided up his whole career.

  17. This is the same Jamal Anderson that got fired from ESPN after he got busted with cocaine. Is he trying to blame that on concussions too?

  18. This may have been something mentioned on posts about this subject prior, but I’d figure I would give my 2 cents. My football playing days were ruined by concussions in HIGH SCHOOL, not saying I ever would have had a college scholarship or gone pro, but the damaging affects of concussions derailed my playing days in high school. For these guys to come out and make it seem like once they played their first NFL, this all started, is stupid and wrong. It is actually is a slap in the face to people like me, well not like me, but guys who actually had chances to go pro but never made it due to this type of injury. These guys get to sit on Millions that they made while playing ball, they also get compensation from the league as well. I work full-time, I battled migraines in my late teens, so debilitating it would drop me to my knees when walking in a public place. The fuse on my temper is much shorter, I sometimes forget if I washed my hair in the shower. If these guys do not have these effects, and the majority of them are 40-50 years old ( I am half their age), then they are truly in it for a money grab, piggy backing of real effects that real people like my self and other non-athlete Americans have. However, if a coach called me today and asked, “How would you like to come try out for (team name)”, I would go for it, the shot at Millions of dollars is just to much of a draw. I think MF said it best, no player that was drafted this April retired after being picked due to the risk of concussions, so obviously they don’t care.

  19. “If you are NOT suing the NFL, please raise your hand.”

    Roger Goodell at a recent player meeting

  20. If Majkowski sues anybody it should be the offensive line he played behind (cough Tony Mandarich cough cough). Majkowski was pretty much running for his life his whole time in Green Bay. Of course one of the smartest things the Greatest Quarterback Ever In The History Of The Space Time Continuum (aka Favre) ever did was have the savvy to play behind top quarter of the league offensive lines for the majority of his career. It’s that kind of thinking that gets you into the HOF. That and the smarts to have a top quarter of the league defense on hand the majority of the time too. Dickey and Majkowski weren’t talented enough, or savvy enough, to implement those O-lines and defenses, I guess.

  21. Money grab. At a very early age you realize how dangerous this game is. You can lie to the courts guys, but not to yourself. C’mon now! Where is Amani Toomers outrage?! These former players are attacking the game!!

  22. I know at some point, almost all of us have face-palmed ourselves when our teams screwed the pooch. That should cause all of US problems down the road. Let’s sue the players who caused us this grief.

  23. @rabidbillsfan:

    I am truly sorry to hear that you have suffered such serious effects from concussions from your football days–it makes me all the more appreciative of how luck I have been.

    While I understand your frustration with the way the concussion lawsuits have lined up, I am honestly a bit more suprised that you have not taken the players side on this. As I am sure you are well aware, the NFL is probably the most visible example of football leadership on the planet (The NCAA governs a large number of other sports with a million other issues, and there is no way you can hold a straight face and tell me that USA Football is a visible leader in the sport). By working to further change the way that concussions are handled by the NFL, don’t you think players are working to look out for the interest of others, such as yourself? If the NFL takes the extreme measures necessary to reduce head injuries in their league, what are the odds that those changes trickle down to the lower levels of the sport?

    I don’t believe that players are trying to convince anyone that their concussion issues only ever started in the NFL–that would be beyond idiotic. I have to believe that these lawsuits are aimed exposing how long the leader in football innovation, and thus the safety of players at all levels, simply for a few (billion) dollars.

  24. @maddyburke:

    You would have to be the most gullible person on the planet if you believe class action lawsuits like this one are about “affecting change.” This is about lining the pockets of the lawyers, and you are exactly the person that plaintiff’s attorneys want on the jury. The attorneys stand to make many millions of dollars on contingency fees and expenses. The lawyers have everything to gain by throwing blood into the water and creating a feeding frenzy. It far less expensive to file a suit like this than it is to defend it. They know that full well, and the plaintiff’s attorneys are more than happy to accept an out of court settlement that still nets them huge profits with even less effort.

    The civil justice in this country is spiraling out of control and adds costs to everyone in the at every level. Our system is out of balance. There is no risk to the plaintiff himself and relatively little risk to the attorney. It is sad to say that lawsuits in this country have evolved into a system of institutionalized extortion. Countries with “loser pays” rules and administrative systems to settle civil disputes (also known as nearly all of the rest of the civilized world) still have plenty of justice for those who were truly wronged or injured.

    Have no doubt that the former players were volunteers, not victims. They knew that there were risks involved, and they gladly accepted them for the huge paydays and the glory of being a professional athlete.

    It is also no news flash that you can get hurt severely when you get hit in the head. A big problem is the fact that football helmets were “weaponized” when the hard outer shell was added. The helmets enable players to hit harder and lead with their head with less risk of injury to themselves. Back when the helmets were leather and there were no face masks, players were less inclined to hit others head first, and they relied on good tackling technique. It has been demonstrated as well that adding padding to the outside of the helmet reduces the risk of concussion and makes headgear less of a weapon. However, the players object to the outer padding on the helmets on purely aesthetic grounds.

  25. Didn’t Anderson retire bc of his knee? Wasn’t he in the league for just a couple of years? My question is why aren’t these players suing pop Warner, the high school associations, and NCAA? Couldn’t they’ve gotten just as much damage there as in the nfl?

  26. First, I don’t have any ill will towards these players; it’s not an easy life…..

    ……However, as the debate about player safety and injuries burned white- hot the past few years, current players almost uniformly maintained that it was a tough game, they all knew the risks going in, and they understood that the violent nature of the game was essential to it’s appeal…..

    Perhaps current players just don’t want to appear “soft” by showing concern for potential injury…..It will be interesting to see if the current generation of players will change their tune when their careers are over…..

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