Lawsuit: NFL Hid Concussion Effects for 90 Years

75 ex-players suing the league
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2011 9:12 AM CDT
Running back Rodney Hampton of the New York Giants moves the ball during a game against the San Diego Chargers at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – A group of 75 former NFL players is suing the league, claiming that it has been hiding the harmful effects of the concussions for nearly a century. “The NFL knew as early as the 1920s of the harmful effects on a player's brain of concussions,” the lawsuit reads, according to a copy obtained by TMZ. "However, until June of 2010 they concealed these facts from coaches, trainers, players, and the public."

All the players in the suit say they’ve suffered ill effects from on-field concussions—which the NFL last year acknowledged can include dementia, memory loss, CTE, and more. Among those filing the suit are former Dolphins wide receiver Mark Duper, and former Giants running backs Otis Anderson and Rodney Hampton. The suit also names helmet manufacturer Riddell as a co-defendant.

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