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NFL Lawsuit - 126 Players - Will It Change Football Forever?

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    126 players suing the NFL for head injuries in the Rypien suit.

    Mark Rypien is lead plaintiff in lawsuit against NFL over head injuries - Washington Times

    Hear is the page to the link with all the lawsuits ... the numbers.

    Plaintiffs/Former Players | NFL Concussion Litigation


    I do not see how in it's current form the game can possibly survive ... what will the game look like 5 -10 - 20 years from now? You can make better helmets but the brain getting slammed is kind of hard to stop inside the skull unless the game is drastically changed.
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    I feel for the former players with the after effects of playing the game of football. I really do. I'm going to sound callous but what is it all these players are looking for? If they are looking for free medical attention I'm the first to say they deserve it. All of them.

    If they are looking for money by which means enough to live a decent quality life due to their injuries then I'm on board for that too. If they are looking for millions of dollars each I say tough luck.

    And to the players who are getting on board just to get some extra cash because they are bitter about what players make today I say screw them.
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    Yes, it has that potential IMO. That's why I think the league came down so hard on bounties, b/c they are trying to wipe their hands of any wrongdoing related to player injuries.
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    aaaaaaaaaaaaand that's why, despite all the complaining from fans about "QBs wearing dresses" (and so on), the league is only going to get more and more strict regarding late hits, low hits, etc.
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    I think it would be good for at least some of these cases to go to court, so we can get a better idea of exactly what the league knew about head injuries, when they knew it, and whether or not attempts were made to hide this information from players. Without knowing that, I'm not going to rush to judgment.

    If it was to turn out the link between repetitive, low-trauma contact (the kind that is unavoidable in football) and long-term brain damage was both known by the league and hidden from the players, then my impression would be that whatever happens to the NFL is warranted, whether it 'destroys the NFL as we know it' or not. It would take more information than is currently available to have an informed opinion, though.
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    Why couldn't they have the players sign waivers? Also, who is to say that the players didn't suffer concussions before they were in the NFL? Until recently I thought the NFL did a terrible protecting players. Retired players should be given a good pension and excellent health care. I think that the way football is played will change but the NFL will be around for a long time.
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    OK, the numbers will be in the millions. Some will want to take advantage. No matter! It is clear that there is a real issue here, one that has been recognized and is being addressed for current players.

    I agree that these players should be taken care of. As you say, free medical attention for life should be a no-brainer (pun intended). An addition to their pension for those who were injured is also a good idea (adding 5 years to their pension formula might work).

    In dependent of this law suit, retiree pensions should continue to be a high priority for all.

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    Marinovich is in the lawsuit, I think his brain damage is more from all the drugs he took.
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    Im wondering thou. Why do they get free healthcare ?
    These guys made a decision to play a game they know is violent, and make millions. They should have the funds to deal with it or lower there salary for a healthcare package.
    We as people make little and our heath care is taken out of our salaries. What makes them so special.
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    Some people will not be happy with your comment, but I agree with you. I'd also like to add something. This kind of reminds me of the lawsuits against the tobacco companys years ago. I quit smoking a year ago after 20 years of smoking. I knew it was bad for me, and never once felt any company owed me money for something I alone decided to do to myself. These kids have a choice. They don't have to play football, which everyone knows is a violent sport. All they need to do is watch nfl films of the old days to see that its violent.

    If the Nfl did indeed withhold info about concussions, then shame on them....BUT, did anyone really need a medical study to figure out that ramming your head into someone isnt very healthy? I feel bad for the ex players, but at some point we're all responsible for our own decisions.

    Someone mentioned Marinovich was listed in the suit.....???? did he play enough football to even get hit? He blew his money on drugs, and thats his problem.....im done ranting :bricks:
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    Im so proud of you for quitting smoking :)
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    The nfl is an employer. Employers have responsibilities different than in the case of product liability (cigarettes). A safe working environment is the right of an employee.

    However, I would not that the tobacco law suits and the all the political efforts have changed our culture over the past 50 years (even in the 20). We used to have a choice whether go into a smoke-filled restaurant or not. Now tobacco use has been reduced by great amounts. Restaurants are smoke-free. I think that the country is better off. But I can understand the opposite view. There are many countries where smoking is much more acceptable.

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    I agree. IF the NFL withheld information about concussions they are hypocrites in respect to bounty gate, and player safety. Maybe suspend Goodell for a year :)

    Bye they way if you spellcheck goodell it gives you Godless,lol

    But these are not physicist, nao engineers, time warp theorist , architects, and etc. That make much much less. They play a game, and for most its all they know.
    Like you I just don't completely understand why they can't pay their own medical bills. Unless they are worried about not being rich or having millions left over.
    The least payed guy on a football field make $300,000, anyone here make that,lol
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    But why is the NFL responsible for a guy who dreams of millions, another addictive drug :), but gets massive injury bills?
    He put himself in that position to get rich.

    If you got cancer its not even close to being payed for if you die from it over 10 years. Your family will have to pay it. So what make them so special ?
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    I've spent a small fortune on "work" related injuries. If i didnt have health insurance (that i pay for) id be screwed.
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    Flag football isn't too far away people. Maybe it'll give me a reason to watch the Lingerie Football League.
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    I agree with both you guys, most of these guys went to college and have an education, after college they have a choice to play pros or go to work, if you play in the pros, you'll probably make millions but theere are hazards. Im not sure what makes them so special :D
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    Sorry :( yep, but if your a NFL player your looking for millions and love of the game. They should have better health insurance than us, because their bodies are their job.

    But, if some guy gets completely rocked, and is mental and physically disabled, should they pay everything for life?

    Im not sure they do that for even war veterans. At least they didn't for my uncle who was on Dday, okinawa, and etc, and took 13 bullets. He ended up being a taxi driver in D.C and they payed him very little.
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