USA Today is reporting that some 19 Hall of Famers are among 2,400 ex-players suing NFL for concussion effects over playing in the past.
The number of former NFL players suing the league for concussion-related effects is now in the thousands and growing steadily.
That’s become fairly common knowledge in the sports arena in recent months with many ex-gridders claiming the league wasn’t forthcoming with warnings even though it had some idea of the damage linked to repeated head trauma.
The Washington Times has now compiled a thorough breakdown of the plaintiffs, whose suits are being consolidated in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
- 19 are Hall of Famers, including former Washington Redskins WR Art Monk, whose 224 games played are near the top the list (Jim Marshall, who’s not in Canton, has the most with 282); among the other Hall of Famers are Eric Dickerson, Tony Dorsett (and his son, Anthony), Rickey Jackson, Bob Lilly, John Randle, the late Lee Roy Selmon and Randy White
- Players whose careers date to the 1940s are represented; most come from the 1980s (588) and 1990s (574)
- 197 never actually played
- 732 played fewer than three seasons, and more than half (1,376) played fewer than six
- Though 197 players are listed without affiliation to any team, the club that produced the most plaintiffs is, ironically, the New Orleans Saints (189)
- The position most frequently listed is defensive back (444); 57 are quarterbacks
Not surprisingly, the story coupled with The Times’ database largely focuses on former Redskins like Monk and their disturbing vignettes.
“I worry,” said Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien, “about the next 10 years.”