Dan Marino: I didn’t realize I’d be listed as a concussion plaintiff

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Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino says that he has taken steps to ensure that his family is cared for in the event that he ever suffers from symptoms of brain damage, he did not intend to become a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the NFL.

Marino, who joined the concussion lawsuit yesterday only to withdraw today, issued a statement saying that it wasn’t his intention to become a plaintiff in the suit.

“Within the last year I authorized a claim to be filed on my behalf just in case I needed future medical coverage to protect me and my family in the event I later suffered from effects of head trauma,” Marino said, via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. “In so doing I did not realize I would be automatically listed as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the NFL. I have made the decision it is not necessary for me to be part of any claims or this lawsuit and therefore I am withdrawing as a plaintiff effective immediately. I am sympathetic to other players who are seeking relief who may have suffered head injuries.”

Peter King of TheMMQB.com reports that Marino is not currently suffering from any head-trauma issues and is currently negotiating for a position working with the Dolphins, as well as for a role with the AARP.

Marino did suffer concussions on the football field, and he wants to be able to get compensation if he ever feels symptoms of brain damage. But at the moment, he says he doesn’t need and isn’t asking for any damages from the NFL.

69 responses to “Dan Marino: I didn’t realize I’d be listed as a concussion plaintiff

  1. This whole thing is one big mess. Once his name was out there he probably should have just stuck withit. Backtracking only makes both sides dislike you.

  2. I actually believe his excuse. I really don’t think he understood the way this worked.

    Let’s be honest, he isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. Brilliant football player, but if you listen to him speak, it’s obvious that he’s not winning any Mensa awards.

  3. He listed his name as President of the Dolphins and then backed out when he realized he’d have to actually work too.

  4. Should of just came out and said he joined hoping his name recognition would help the players in need.

  5. THis headline should read:

    Dan Marino: I Totally Forgot I’d be listed as a concussion plaintiff

  6. stealthjunk says:
    Jun 3, 2014 6:49 PM
    Maybe it’s the lawyer in me, but does

    LOLZ T.M.I.

  7. So, he still wants to claim damages if he has problems down the road. Might as well just sue now, no difference. At some point he will combine some effect of aging with football and want to be paid for it.
    Nobody should be receiving any type of compensation, besides maybe just help with health care if your bankrupt. But if you have made millions, no soup for you!!

  8. Dan should have sought legal advice before signing the document. I don’t know what he’s worth but somewhere along the way he would have used an attorney.
    He’s probably being honest but it also shows his naivity. One of the greatest players of all time is probably embarrassed by this, but he needs to put it behind him.

  9. Should have kept his name on it since he’s already proved he’s had too many hits in the head by the silly excuse he came up with. Either that or he’s just naturally a knucklehead.

  10. “I did not know I would be listed in the concussion lawsuit because as you know I have had like a million concussions” signed dan

  11. hard to believe this is the same guy who only achieved a 15 on his wonderlic test.

  12. Lol unreal!! So he says he didn’t realize?? I’m innocent until proven guilty type of guy!! Which makes it more bothersome that as a American he would drop the Lawsuit !!! If he does in fact suffer from head trauma and he’s dropping the Lawsuit because of being blackballed from the NFL? Shame on him!! Are we still living in the 1950’s? I know he was let go from TV!! You would think in today’s day and age that one could file a Lawsuit regardless if you get paid from the NFL or any other Sports affiliated show or program!! That would influence his decision ether way!!! If that’s the case?? And I said I always give people there Due Process!! If at the end of it all. when the dust has faded and years have gone by!! That we should found out the reason he dropped his Suet is because of fear of not having a Career in the Sports World!!! Shame on you Dan Marino and shame on the NFL and shame on America!!!! Does anyone other then myself find it odd that not one ex-player that is employed by the NFL, ESPN, WFAN Radio or any other Sportscasting outlet are not involved in the Lawsuit!! Boomer, Young, Banks, Johnson the list goes on and on!! Odd??? Very odd

  13. He would have known all this had he not blacked-out in the middle of the conversation with his lawyer.

  14. I live in SoFlo and I think it is hysterical the media thinks Marino can be like John Elway in the front office…Danny’s not the brightest bulb on the tree…maybe Greg Cote of the Miami Herald should see if he can join the lawsuit…he obviously got hit in the head too hard somewhere along the line…can I get a hallelujah (inside joke)!

  15. Perfect for the current Dolphins front office, especially Stephen Ross. Ross will probably hire him and give him a raise retroactive for clearing up the issue so quickly. Sad but true.

  16. he works for a network that has a multibillion dollar deal with the NFL. Yeah, me thinks he knows where HIS bread is buttered.

    So I guess he won’t be pursuing the Law Degree anytime soon. Dope

  17. dennis2488 says:
    Jun 3, 2014 7:17 PM
    hard to believe this is the same guy who only achieved a 15 on his wonderlic test.
    When will you learn that the Wonderlic has ZERO to do with playing football? It keeps a company employed by the NFL and makes for irrelevant conversation so people like can make fun of those that don’t score well, but there is no study that shows any relationship with NFL success.

    Kinda like a basement scrabble player with his SAT score posted on the wall for all to see. Probably the last thing he did well.

  18. Well there goes that trump card. A good villain doesn’t use the same move twice Marino, look what happened to the Death Star V2.

  19. He got those bad concussions from getting a beating from the Raiders .Mike Haynes picked him off for a 97 yard td . I was there on the Raiders side line . Marcus Allen ran for 153 yds in that game and the Raiders won .

  20. America has taxes to help pay for these things, so we should make sure there are financial options to take care of our athletes and their families, for crying out loud.

  21. I agreed to something but didn’t know I did . Dan like ball. Dan throw ball. Dan talk about others who like ball

  22. yeah right – didn’t know he was going to get paid for the weight loss commercials either

  23. It happens more often than you would think (people mistakenly getting named as parties to a lawsuit). No big deal. No malpractice. No ethical violation. Chill people.

  24. If I recall, Dan’s wonderlic score was nothing to brag about, it’s now been confirmed.

  25. It happens more often than you would think (people mistakenly getting named as parties to a lawsuit). No big deal. No malpractice. No ethical violation. Chill people.

    Yeah all the time. In fact, I was named in three lawsuits last week.

  26. I’m no Dolphins fan,but Dan Marino was the man in Tecmo Bowl,so he’s A-OK in my book. For someone you guys think is dumb,he’s done pretty well for himself. He said he put in a medical claim to cover any future issues. The lawsuit now is looking to compensate former players who are at a stage where the injuries are causing a severe disability. It’s fair to reason that his intent was a separate claim for coverage in the future not realizing that the NFL automatically lumps all head trauma cases into the lawsuit.

  27. I agree. He was just trying to cover himself in the future by putting his name in now. That doesn’t mean he knew he would be on the front line (and front page) as an active participant. So, he doesn’t want to pursue a suit against the NFL at this point.
    And that’s his prerogative.

  28. He was a great quarterback, but he’s obviously even dumber than he looks and sounds.

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