Concussion lawsuits don’t take a Fourth of July break

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The NFL has slowed down (relatively speaking) over the last week, but the burgeoning NFL concussion lawsuit industry hasn’t.

According to the folks at (actually, it’s just one “folk,” and he’s now studying for the bar exam so there will be no updates until the end of the month), another 170 or so former players have joined the parade this week, pushing the total number of players suing the league north of 2,600.

The names include Bubby Brister, Bill Maas, Christian Okoye (who perhaps should have specifically named Steve Atwater as a defendant), soon-to-be-Hall of Famer Dermontti Dawson, and Stephen Davis (who perhaps should have specifically named Michael Westbrook as a defendant).

Soon, it will indeed be easier to simply name the former players who haven’t sued the league for concussions.

15 responses to “Concussion lawsuits don’t take a Fourth of July break

  1. These guys make me sick. This is an obvious money grab (only suing the multi-billion dollar entity–what about college/HS etc.?) and it should be treated as such in the system. Why is the NFLPA not mentioned? How hard is it to prove they were negligent by undermining every single safety measure brought forth by the league over at least the last 5+ years. If the NFL winds up losing these cases (I seriously doubt it), they should request their “partners” be held accountable for 50% of the awards.

  2. You use a picture of Bubby from his 2 years with the Eagles as opposed to his 7 years with the Steelers?

    I’m sure you’ll use a picture of Reggie White as a Panther if you have a reason to use a picture of Reggie… lol

  3. Guess this explains the Bubster’s recent fuzzy and out-of-focus recollection of his playing days at Three Rivers Stadium, calling that venue a difficult place to play because of “the wind coming off the lake.”
    I think I recall the play in which Brister sustained his most serious concussion: He was running around in circles in the backfield, looking like a madman, when he accidently made contact with a 150-pound official. The Bubster went ass over tincups. It was just one of many hilarious moments during Brister’s overrated Steelers career.
    The Pittsburgh media used to call Brister the Steelers’ “inspirational leader.” Well, as a backup, he did inspire John Elway to two Super Bowl wins…

  4. What better way to celebrate America by filing a lawsuit? It’s the American way unfortunately.

  5. Kudos for mentioning the Atwater-Okoye hit. I was at that game- first NFL game I ever went to – and still remember how nuts the crowd went after the hit. Atwater needs to be elected to the Hall of Fame- but not just for the hit, but because of his largely overlooked career. My favorite Bronco of all time…

  6. These concussion lawsuit posts should be titled “How many of these guys do you vaguely remember….1 or 2?”

  7. Gene Upshaw, known as the most corrupt NFLPA figure, collaborated with Elliot Pellman/NFL research in the development of the Revolution helmet. As one expert put’s it, this program set back concussion research so drastically it still hasn’t recovered. Hiring half backed doctors and researchers who would be easily influenced, creating a smoke screen with fraudulent research, incompetent doctors and an institutional stonewall. Congress needs to take another look at this mess.

  8. Did anyone notice how most of the players complained about Goodel’s goal to make the League safer; no high hits, late hits, etc. but at the same time complain about head injuries? When you sign a contract in this game, you accept the money and the effects of playing with it…

  9. Exactly, but when your told by those same people that their peer reviewed data say’s it’s ok to go back in the game after getting ko’d. Players like Wayne Crebet who is suffering from long term issues have to be indemnified when you consider the lost wages, due to early retirement. He was sent in by Elliot Pellman a two bit, bs puppet the NFL put in place to manipulate this data. The purpose, distance themselves from boxing, the only known sport with a disease associated with it. Pugilistica dementia, now known as CTE. These dead brain cells are found at the end of the jawbone in the medial temporal lobe. Raising questions about the boxers “glass jaw” and its roll in the development of this disease. Why? the chin strap on the Revolution helmet, like others, anchors on the chin. Something helmets can’t support or protect, is the inner, inter-skeletal forces that effect the jaw and cervical spine within. This is the purpose of smokescreen NFL research has deceminated into the medical community. It was all about helmet sales, not the players.

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