Former Players Sue NFL Over Brain Injuries
Three ex-athletes want league to monitor all ex-players
By Dustin Lushing, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2011 4:04 PM CST
San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith (94) recovers a fumble by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – Three retired football players are suing the NFL because they say they got banged up so much in their playing days it left them with brain injuries. They want the league to set up a program to monitor the problem among all former players, reports Bloomberg. The three former athletes—Harry Jacobs, Jerome Barkum, and Tommy Mason—each suffer from brain injuries caused by frequent tackles during their careers, according to the federal lawsuit. They're also seeking unspecified personal-injury compensation.

The three men argue that the NFL is responsible because it knew or should have known what toll the brutal collisions would take on players in retirement. A spokesman for the league responded via e-mail: "The NFL has long made player safety a priority and continues to do so. Any allegation that the NFL intentionally sought to mislead players has no merit.”

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Dec 22, 2011 8:51 AM CST
football is a tough sport where the athletes brain should be examined BEFORE he suits up. It appears to me ALL of them might be a little 'tetched in the haid' to allow another player become a human missle intent to destroy me if I were a player. Well, that description was a little far fetched, I know. I once played the game in High School BUT that is not even remotely close to the danger of the NFL or the athletic abilities of each and every one of those players. It is a dangerous sport a player is fully aware when he suits up and his lack of better judgement does not merit him any compensations later. IMHO
Dec 22, 2011 6:48 AM CST
They'll be in court for a very, very long time and then they will lose on any compensation claims but the league will place accelerometers in helmets and wi-fi the data to headquarters to prevent future claims. Look for little antennae coming out of the tops of helmets any day now.
Dec 22, 2011 3:07 AM CST
Sure, the league probably knew all along the physical toll playing football takes on its players. But, surely the players themselves are responsible for accepting the risk as well, right?