Yancey Thigpen heads a group of players suing helmet-maker Riddell

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A week after Hall of Famer Paul Hornung filed a lawsuit against Riddell, another group of former NFL players including former Steelers wide receiver Yancey Thigpen filed their own suit against the helmet-maker.

According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Cort in Chicago says the players suffered personal and financial injuries because they were not warned about potential long-term risks.

The players are seeking more than $50,000 in damages and a jury trial.

Other players filing the suit are” Gregory Boone, Larry Brinson, Michael Butler, Craig Curry, James Harrell, Willard Harrell, Robert Harris, Carlton “Bailey” Jones, Brad Quast, Thomas “John” Reaves, John Michael Reichenbach, Adam Schreiber and Eric Wright.

Hornung sued Riddell, claiming the helmets didn’t protect him from brain injuries. He has been diagnosed with dementia, according to his lawsuit.

21 responses to “Yancey Thigpen heads a group of players suing helmet-maker Riddell

  1. Okay, you might be able to make an outside argument that a guy like Hornung might have thought he was safe going from a leather helmet to a plastic one. There is no way any reasonable person can be convinced that the guys in this suit that all grew up wearing plastic helmets were somehow tricked by them.

  2. hunst009 says:
    Jul 15, 2016 9:53 AM

    Is that why he dropped that pass in the end zone?

    hahahaha I remember that game. it was against the Pack on Christmas Eve 1995

    the image of Sean Jones comforting Neil O’Donnell after the game is a lasting one….

  3. Put them out of business. Then what? Some cheesy lawyers saw a big pile of untapped cash and went after it. It’s only a matter of time before they sue astroturf producersknee injuries. Maybe fans should sue players for drug use, arrests, etc., depriving them of their contracted services because of their malfeasance. Contract fraud.

  4. No helmet of any design will prevent your brain from sloshing around inside your head and impacting the inside of your skull. Same thing as an unbelted occupant in a car – when the car comes to a crashing halt, people/things inside the car that aren’t strapped down will propel themselves at the car’s former speed… until they hit something (usually quite hard) that stops them.

  5. The helmets are designed primarily to keep the players’ skulls from cracking open. While they also help reduce concussions and can be improved to reduce them further, I doubt any helmet could ever completely eliminate all concussions. If you agree to play football, you agree to subject yourself to potential bodily injury of all kinds, including concussions. Are players going to start suing the pad makers when they break a bone?

  6. WARNING: NO HELMET CAN PREVENT SERIOUS HEAD OR NECK INJURIES A PLAYER MIGHT RECEIVE WHILE PARTICIPATING IN FOOTBALL. Do not use this helmet to butt, ram or spear an opposing player. This is in violation of the football rules and such use can result in severe head or neck injuries, paralysis or death to you and possible injury to your opponent. Contact in football may result in CONCUSSION-BRAIN INJURY which no helmet can prevent. Symptoms include: loss of consciousness or memory, dizziness, headache, nausea or confusion. If you have symptoms, immediately stop playing and report them to your coach, trainer and parents. Do not return to a game or practice until all symptoms are gone and you have received medical clearance. Ignoring this warning may lead to another and more serious or fatal brain injury.

    and we are not responsible for scratched on your car when you got hrough a car wash either.

  7. All players who couldn’t make or save enough money looking for a payday from anyone with deep pockets.

  8. And we could sue all car manufacturers because the bumpers don’t protect us and the air bags cause their own injuries. How about suing all escallator manufacturers because they only put rails on the side, and we can still fall forward and get hurt. Or maybe sue all bicycle helmet manufacturers because we can still skin our knees and elbows when we fall off a bike?

  9. So how did Roger Staubach know about long term risks in 1980, which is why he retired, and no one since then has known?

  10. Money grab here. No one forced any of these players to use the Riddell helmet. And if it was so bad why did it continue throughout their careers?

  11. Its about the money. He wants more, for doing nothing. Can these men look anymore ignorant? I guess this is why they played football. Simply not smart enough to get a job in the real world.

    Wonder if anyone has ever explained to them that water is also wet? or did they simply figure that out by themselves that if they jumped in a pool their body would get covered in water. Just like they should have been capable of figuring out slamming your head into things could have long term effects.

    There is not one safety feature that will prevent injury. Safety features are there to prevent serious injury. If you continue to participate in the dangerous activity, then no matter what, it will takes it toll on the body. Yancy you played the game and cashed checks you body is now having to pay for. The one at fault is you for playing the game.

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