Joe Jacoby, Ricky Watters sue NFL over concussions

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The latest concussion-related lawsuit against the NFL features five-time Pro Bowl running back Ricky Watters and four-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Joe Jacoby as plaintiffs.

Jacoby says he “sustained repeated traumatic impacts to his head and/or concussions on multiple occasions,” the Washington Times reports.

A member of three Super Bowl-winning Redskins teams, Jacoby is a four-time Pro Bowler, two-time first-team All-Pro and member of the 1980s All-Decade team. He’s also a member of the Redskins’ Ring of Fame, and this lawsuit makes him the fifth member of the Redskins’ Ring of Fame to sue the league over concussions. The others are Len Hauss, Billy Kilmer, Dexter Manley and Art Monk.

Watters played for the 49ers, Eagles and Seahawks and was a key player on the Super Bowl XXIX-winning team in San Francisco.

14 responses to “Joe Jacoby, Ricky Watters sue NFL over concussions

  1. It’s funny to me that people see this as gold digging. I think this list is starting to include to wide a range of players to suggest that anymore. That argument just carries no weight. Could it be possible that more and more players are being convinced that this is the right thing to do? And big name players, especially those that have money and are former champions and/or HOFers have very little to gain for themselves. I could see no motivation for these type of players to become involved except for moral reasons.

  2. it is quite obvious that there is a gold digging element. players want to get in while they can just in case the multi billion dollar company is forced to pay. my question is: Are these player coming out of the woodwork on their own or are there a bunch of shady lawyers recruiting many players as possible? Regardless of the facts or the unlikely premise put forward, the higher number of plaintiffs make it seem more credible than it truly is

  3. Did you ever hear Jacoby speak while he was still playing? He had brain problems even back then!

    On a side note, you all (PFT) keep saying that “such and such player is suing the NFL”, do you mean that these players have filed suit or that they have added their names to the current, existing suit?

  4. I have no opinion on former players suing. But the NFL should be making current and future players sign a waiver of liability from here forward. This would avoid being sued in the future and make players aware of the danger(s). And if they refuse to sign they can go work somewhere else like McDonalds or Wal-Mart.

  5. This is past ridiculous already. If there are those who believe this isn’t about the benjamins, you probably believe in Santa or the Easter Bunny too. These are the same players that would’ve beaten you to a pulp if you had suggested to them to hang it up and find safer jobs.

  6. Given the doggedness and determination with which most of these guys pursued their careers, I wonder how many of them would have done ANYTHING differently even if they had been informed of the risks associated with repeated head trauma?

  7. This one is a slam dunk for the NFL. Just play the “For who, for what” speech that Ricky spouted off after his first game as an Eagle.

    Case dismissed.

  8. The helmet is no longer protection, it’s a weapon. The outside of the helmet needs to be padded so the blows are cushioned like boxing gloves.

  9. Mark Rypien,who is also in the lawsuit.Did really well in the celebrity golf tournament over the weekend once again.Finished 2nd I think,ahead of Romo,Elway,Smoltz.

    If he can do that,how bad of shape is he in really?

  10. It seems like the majority of the ex-NFL players are joining the “gravy train” concussion law suit.Before I would ever even consider any liability in this matter you would have to convince me of two things….1. that you were never aware of the fact that repeated head trauma on the gridiron could cause long term brain damage and 2. that if you knew about the inherent risks associated with head[brain trauma], that you would have chosen NOT to play football in the NFL.To me these things would be near impossible to prove, beyond any possible doubt ! Period

  11. really, folks … what’s with the strong anti-player sentiment? do you really support the league on this? if so — why? the NFL treats it’s fans so poorly, and you’re taking their side after decades of policies that placed higher values on league profits than player safety? for what reason would you possibly support that?

    please don’t make the asinine argument that NFL tickets cost too much $$ becuz the players are paid too much. if Tom Brady retires tomorrow, do you think Patriot tickets go down in price? (hint — not if you keep buying them)

    there is no doubt that many former players are trying to catch on to a gravy train, but the vast majority of pre-free-agency players got a raw deal. the league owes its insane success to those who played it, not those who turned the fan bases millions into their billions. for crying out loud, look at what happened to Mike Webster … listen to Earl Campbell try to complete a sentence … watch Jim Otto try to move his wheelchair … football has crippled thousands, and asking the league to cover the tab is the absolute least it could do.

    or do you really think Dan Snyder is having a hard time making ends meet?

  12. jjljr says:
    Jul 24, 2012 11:58 PM
    really, folks … what’s with the strong anti-player sentiment? do you really support the league on this? if so — why?
    If you truly do not know why then you are not thinking clearly.
    1) The NFLPA (please note that the “P” stands for player’s) has fought the NFL on EVERY single pro safety issue for at least the last 5 years. It is probably much longer than that. That means that the players are collectively hampering any safety precautions that the league tries to protect the players with. It is hypocritical for players to refuse safety measures and then sue for the lack of safety measures put forth by the league.
    2) The former players have made what the league is today but they are not owed anything more than what their union bargained for at the time they played. To try to gain more compensation from the league because of the increase in recent profits is absurd. Many of the players involved in these suits are using a different avenue in order to get what they incorrectly feel they are entitled to. Should your former employer owe you increased benefits because the new guy gets paid more than you did? Of course not but that is essentially the argument of the old guys that got “screwed” by the league.
    3) The NFL and NFLPA have shared information for decades. They have each conducted their own inquiries and shared results which each side has often disputed. The NFLPA knew everything that the NFL did. The premise that the NFL withheld information from the players is absurd considering much of the info the NFL supposedly withheld was provided to the league by…the NFLPA. Yet, the NFLPA is not a named defendant in any of these lawsuits.
    4) The average 10 year old kid could tell you that repeatedly sustaining hits to the head will likely result in future health issues. Amazingly, we are supposed to believe that none of the players involved in these (and future lawsuits) were aware of that basic common sense piece of knowledge. The reason they have to act that way is because if they admit they had any knowledge, they are to blame as well and the NFL can’t possibly be forced to pay repercussions. These guys knew the risks and CHOSE to play. Whether that was due to glory, fame, fortune or any other reason is irrelevant. The simple fact is that not a single player was ever forced to play football. Every single player made that choice on their own and they all knew the risks involved.
    5) If for some reason the resolution of these lawsuits find the NFL responsible, the game is over and the league will fold. There will be no stopping the undeserving from filing suit after suit once the false precedent has been set.

    If you still can’t understand why many people are against the players on this then you simply don’t want to understand.

  13. Joe Jacoby owns a car dealership and doesn’t need the money. Probably adding his name to give the it more gas to help other former players. I agree the vast majority of former players have legit concerns but I’m sure some are broke and need money any way they can get it.

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