Sports Illustrated: Gayle Sayers Battling Dementia

The family of Hall-of-Famer Gayle Sayers acknowledged that he has been diagnosed with advancing dementia. They made the decision to go public with his health diagnosis to address many of the rumors that have been circulating recently.

Sayers was one of the most prominent retired players who filed a lawsuit against the NFL for concussions and CTE but later withdrew his suit in 2013.

You can read the recent post on Sports Illustrated by clicking HERE.

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Everything Makes Sense Now

The NFL’s been hooked on painkillers all along according to newly-opened court documents. Now Roger Goodell’s goofy behavior starts to make sense!

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Are EA’s visual representations in Madden generic enough to avoid liability in publicity claim?

Are EA’s visual representations in Madden generic enough to avoid liability in publicity claim?

By Joseph M. Hanna published on 3 March 2017

And Now the Fun Begins…

Well, now that the final concussion lawsuit settlement offer got approved and crammed down the retired players’ throats without so much as a Discovery phase or a full open trial, things are actually going to get very interesting. While there are many separate lawsuits that have been filed and will continue to work their way through the courts, the majority of suits are considered “settled” and that now leaves $125 million to be paid out almost immediately to the attorneys as the final close approaches. $125 MILLION! And it will all be paid out in one lump sum unlike the 65-year period the NFL negotiated to “take care of older and younger retired players” as they deal with their issues from football. (There will also be some ongoing lawsuits that were filed on behalf of players who opted out of the settlement offer.)

So the real battle will be among all the lawyers who filed lawsuits for the players with many jumping on the bandwagon at the very end. Does anyone believe that $125 million paid immediately upon settlement wasn’t a primary motivator for not going to trial and accepting this “wonderful” settlement for you players? And do you think the NFL’s lawyers didn’t have this in mind when they offered it?

Several of these attorneys are also fighting for bragging rights as the “First-to-File” (we know who they are and I’ve posted about our meetings with them since this first started years back). Those attorneys were represented on the committee that was originally formed to oversee and handle the negotiations directly with the NFL. (And some also personally promised me, “We’ll take care of you…” for all the work I’d done over the years in helping educate and to get the word out to the players during our past Conferences and blog posts – we’ll see…)

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OJ Simpson and CTE?

I still remember some of the conversations about OJ Simpson I had years back as we first started to discuss concussions and CTE at our FootballVets Conferences. Many of his old friends and teammates would describe a perfect role model during his playing days with the Bills and how he would end up being the last guy to leave the stadium after a game because he wanted to make sure he signed autographs for all his young fans. A totally nice guy in his playing days who completely changed post-career. “We had no idea what happened to him!”

Of course, his original murder case was back in 1994 when he allegedly murdered his wife, Nicole, and her friend Ronald Goldman. The car chase that was broadcast on live television and the subsequent trial and verdict of Not Guilty continue to generate media buzz even after his conviction for a different crime in Las Vegas – robbery and kidnapping – from 2007.

OJ is actually coming up for his first parole hearing this summer as he turns 70. If he gets turned down, he’ll have to wait another 5 years in 2022.

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Former Titans Tight End Frank Wycheck Believes He Has CTE

After 11 years of playing in the NFL followed by years of depression and cognitive issues, Frank Wycheck (Washington Redskins, Tennessee Titans 1993 – 2003) publicly acknowledged that his post-career problems are the direct result of CTE from all the concussions he received as a tight end.

Wycheck also pointed out the fact that players like him with CTE will likely not be receiving anything from the NFL concussion settlement that was recently finalized.

Next Steps for NFL Concussion Settlement

Earlier this morning, Judge Anita Brody from US District Court in Philadelphia opened a status conference for retired players to update everyone on the next steps to apply and qualify for their potential settlements. In a first, the conference was actually held at a conference center and livestreamed with video and slides to detail the steps and timeline that retired players will need to follow in order to ensure that you’re registered for the entire process.

Each player will initially be given baseline tests to establish their current conditions and instructions will be provided once you’re registered. And keep in mind that the deadline for registration is set for August 7, 2017.
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Don Brady: Symptoms of TBI

EDITOR’S NOTE:

As a response to Brian Nemeth’s comment on an earlier post last month (NFL vs NHL: Comparing Concussions & Coverups), our friend Dr. Don Brady wrote a long and detailed comment about the symptoms of concussions.

We felt it that would probably serve our audience better as a separate post. Hope this helps provide some useful information for our readers out there. This is not intended as medical advice; if you suspect that you or someone you know may have suffered a brain injury, please seek medical attention immediately.

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Why the Old Players Deserve More Respect

Sometimes one story leads to another. Over the weekend, I sent out a post from parody site The Onion about Roger Goodell’s annual homage to the NFL Cemetery as part of their annual respect for all that the older players have contributed to the game (yeah right – like that’s ever gonna happen!). But sometimes The Onion’s posts are so well-written, they’re often mistaken as true!

So here we are on Super Bowl Sunday waiting for the game and an e-mail comes in from one of our friends who played back in the late 50’s and early 60’s – John Houser (LA Rams: 1957 – ’59, Right Guard, Dallas Cowboys: 1960 – ’62, Center & Guard, St. Louis Football Cardinals: 1963, Guard & Center). Continue reading

Save Your Brain Sport Families Launch “Faces of CTE” Awareness Campaign

Save Your Brain Sport Families Launch “Faces of CTE” Awareness Campaign

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First Annual CTE Awareness Day 2017

CTE Awareness Day 2017

Official Faces of CTE Press Conference Launches Mon., Jan. 30th

Cyndy Feasel is preparing for a press conference scheduled this Monday, January 30th in Houston to announce a new organization called Faces of CTE. She will be joined by several other members who share similar experiences from the aftereffects of brain injuries and CTE; their goal is to raise awareness and expand the focus from the NFL and professional football as fans head for Super Bowl next weekend.

Cyndy’s family was torn apart in the years before the death of her ex-husband, Grant Feasel, who played most of his NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks. The official cause of his death was liver failure but a subsequent autopsy of his brain revealed advanced stages of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Cyndy had finally gotten divorced from Grant following years of erratic behavior that only made sense following the post-mortem diagnosis of CTE. The years of self-medication with alcohol along with loss of self-control probably sound familiar to many other NFL families who have also endured similar experiences.

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Concussions, Brain Damage and Tau

A good summary on what we know so far about tau. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) can only be diagnosed post-mortem today but hopefully, new tests are currently undergoing trials that will confirm the presence of CTE (high tau) in the living.

NFL vs NHL: Comparing Concussions & Coverups

Retired NFL player Shawn Stuckey (New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) has been practicing law for many years since he left his football career. Shawn had been involved with the earlier NFL concussion lawsuits and has also been representing players from the NHL recently. Here’s a short interview earlier today on ESPN’s OTL talking about his client, NHL enforcer Mike Peluso (Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators, New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames) and the NHL’s blatant coverup.

Sound familiar?

The REAL NFL: As Only a Widow Can Tell It

Grant Feasel – Seattle Seahawks

Another all-too-familiar story on the long-term impact of concussions. Over the years, we’ve chronicled so many stories of the damage not only to the players but on their families during and after their careers in football. And – as always – the general lack of empathy and support from the League and its owners. Once you’re gone, you’re history.

Most of you know that football has never really been high on my list of priorities. But as I got more involved with the retired players and the fight for their earned benefits over the years, I was in absolute disbelief as an outsider at the complete disregard for the survival of those older players who need help the most. As a non-fan, I heard so many sad stories from senior players of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s era who were actually paid very little to help build this sport into the $13 billion industry it is today (and still growing). And even today, the majority of fans still have no idea that this continues for most of these older players (one more reason the NFL never wanted the concussion lawsuit to go to trial).

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ve seen the endless stories and documentation of how most of these men have been given absolutely no benefits for their sacrifices to the sport they loved. And at one of our Conferences, we even had a panel of wives (and ex-wives) who talked about the never-ending battles against a greedy employer who has done everything to fight and deny legitimate applications for their disability and pension benefits (from back in 2013 – click HERE to read and watch). And it wasn’t just the League; even their union, the NFLPA – especially in the Upshaw years – helped to make sure that nearly 95% of retired players were historically denied those earned benefits. Denials may have dropped to 90% under current PA Executive Director deMaurice Smith but the majority of retired players are still left on their own, from years of working in what is probably one of the most physically-demanding jobs in America. If it was any other job – construction, mining, firefighting – you know their union would have stood up for them.

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