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Pre-Super Bowl Concussion News

Jan 30, 2013

Lots of news this week on concussions, disability and everything in between. Let’s start off with more about the debate on the future of football. (We wonder if many of these current players trash talking the long-term effects of concussions today may be the first guys in line looking for help when it’s their turn.) Here’s a video clip from ESPN:
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The late Junior Seau’s family has filed suit against not only the NFL and Riddell but have also included NFL Films for their glorifying and perpetuating the greatest hits in games over the years. (Read that story by clicking HERE.)
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Oral arguments on the consolidated concussion lawsuits are scheduled to begin in front of Judge Anita Brody in Philadelphia on April 9th. (Click HERE for the short announcement on ESPN.)
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And the NFLPA wasn’t about to be outdone by the NFL in the PR run up to the Super Bowl. Last year, the NFL made a $30 million grant to the NIH (National Institutes of Health) to study brain concussions in NFL players – specifically starting with Junior Seau. Earlier this month, they ended up with confirmation that – yes indeed – Junior had CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) instantly resulting in a lawsuit filed on behalf of his family against the League. Then earlier this week, the NFLPA disclosed in their tax returns that they LOST $36 million last year as a result of that lockout before the new CBA was finally signed (as covered by Daniel Kaplan‘s coverage in Sporting News - click HERE). Never mind that $36 million loss though. For their Pre-Super Bowl PR, the NFLPA just announced they’re funding a $100 million study with Harvard University:
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NFL players, Harvard team for $100 million health study

NFLPA is part of a $100 million research project with Harvard to improve player health
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BOSTON — The National Football League players union and Harvard University are teaming up for a 10-year, $100 million research project aimed at treating and preventing health problems plaguing former NFL players.
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Researchers across disciplines will look at everything from brain trauma, torn ligaments and arthritic joints to the long-term effects of acute pain and chronic use of painkillers in an unprecedented study of 1,000 ex-NFL players.
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The immediate goal is to transform the health of active and retired players within five years.
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Harvard researchers wrote in a summary of their project that former NFL players die on average about 20 years earlier than American men as a whole.
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Read the rest of this story on USA Today – click HERE.
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Now let’s see. They lost $36 million as a result of the lockout but they’re going to lay out $100 million for a limited study where “The immediate goal is to transform the health of active and retired players within five years?” Wha?!! So you’ll have to wait five years for this study to be completed so they can give you immediate results? And all done with $100 million that was probably re-directed/misappropriated from $500 million that the League and owners had actually offered up to retired players on top of the Legacy Fund. Does anyone still remember that? (Click HERE for that post.) So that’s what the PA is going to do with $100 million of your money? Just to put that $500 million into perspective: The $22 million that 2,000+ retired players received from the final settlement with Players Inc. and Electronic Arts resulted in checks averaging $1200+ to each recipient. So even if the $500 million were simply distributed directly to 10,000 retired players, each retiree would receive checks for $50,000 apiece. (Be sure to read Irv Muchnick’s post on the Harvard Jackpot – click HERE.)
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On a related note about disability, many of your calls to the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan Office often go unanswered or requests for documents go ignored. Over this past year, Dave has had many requests for a copy of the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan Line-of-Duty Disability Benefit application along with the latest copy of the Retirement/Disability Plan (an earlier post – click HERE). Larry Lamade from Akin Gump just sent him a copy of the most recent version and we’re posting it for everyone to access and review. Keep in mind that we highly recommend advice of legal counsel should you believe you qualify for NFL disability benefits.
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We uploaded a copy of the application to Scribd for easy viewing on our Blog and to make it available for downloading and printing. You can also click the Enlarge icon in the lower right corner of the menu at the bottom of the viewing screen to go Full Screen for easier reading (just hit the ESC key to close):
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Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Line-of-Duty Disability Benefits Application


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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Kaminski
    January 30th, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    Larry Kaminski

    Gents:

    I promise this will be my last rant regarding all the publicity and money that has been given and money promised to end the violence of football and to protect the players. I am recovering from surgery and have to much time to spend on this computer and the blogs.

    Here are my thoughts:

    1. The President has just gotten into this fray by admitting that if he had a son… no football. The NCAA has to be more responsible. The NFL has to be more vigilant.
    2. This Administration has repeatedly shared the philosophy that it is the standard bearer for the Black, Asian, White and non-legit citizens. We need to treat all fairly in order for everyone to share the wealth. They pronounce their support of the middle class and abhor those very wealthy as the greedy 1%. Tax them – they did not build that wealth.
    3. The NFL owners get wealthy from local stadiums built and financed by taxpayers. The NFL owners get huge tax breaks as a result of a protected monopoly complete with antitrust protection. The NFL owners have done everything to control the game and the revenues derived from the game.
    4. I would think that the bulk of the pre-1993 players and the really early players from the 50′s, 60′s, 70′s are all pretty much middle class and of the cultural ethnic groups the administration claims to champion. I am sure some of us have done really well and will not fall into the sampling I suggest (I would guess only a minority of us).
    5. The liberal leaning press jumps on any statement made by this President to show the strength of his conviction to champion the people who are taken advantage of. This is why the unions have shown such great support to this administration. The unions demand fairness and rights.
    6. We’re all members of this NFLPA as a result of our tenure in the league. What union would be allowed to treat the members as we are treated? What administration would allow the collusion between a union and the owners? It is maddening to me that this is happening.
    7. We have to get someone to focus their time on getting this issue brought out to the public. We need to get someone in this administration to answer our questions. No more blogs or complaints. We need a plan to get this to our leader through his supportive media outlets.

    OK. I promise no more rants – LK!

    This game is not rocket science and the issues are in black-and-white. The proof is on the table. Thanks.

    Larry Kaminski
    Denver Broncos
    1966 – 1973

  2. Tommy Nobis
    January 30th, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

    Tommy Nobis

    Dave,

    Because you’re dealing with many former NFL Players who have very little experience with trying to communicate by way of a computer/e-mail (that be me and others, I think!), you and your staff need to continue giving out the info you are providing in a simple, organized form.

    As you probably know, you’re not communicating with “many” Phi Beta Kappa’s. Also, can this info be sent out in a better organized subject matter form. For me, it’s being sent to us like it’s coming out of a shot gun.

    Well, I do realize you and your people are probably doing the best job you can with what you have to work with. Thanks!!!

    Tommy Nobis
    Old #60
    Atlanta Falcons
    1966 – 1976

  3. Billy Truax
    January 31st, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    Billy Truax

    Excellent anaysis! Why is the NFLPA funding another player health study? Who voted for this? How did it get approved and how can De Smith arbitrarily p*ss away money that was supposed to be awarded to all retired players?

    Another fake Harvard research study being done by overrated, incompetent idiots working on fraudulent student loans and grants to produce even more worthless and useless blather and BS. Why would the NFLPA sponsor anything like this? Is De Smith looking for Harvard recognition now?

    Why can’t these people just deal with the truth?!!

    Billy Truax
    LA Rams, Dallas Cowboys
    1964 – 1973

  4. Tommy Nobis
    February 2nd, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    Tommy Nobis

    Yes, I, Tommy Nobis (Falcons – ’66 – ’76) am having some problems caused by blows to the head received during my 11 seasons with the Falcons. Yes, I have visited with a Doctor, was given some tests. And yes, was told I do have a “head” problem… nothing to do with my looks but with my brain. At this time in my life, I don’t have a lot of money but I do have some time.

    What is the NFL doing to assist former players with problems brought on by blows received and given while playing NFL Football?

    Tommy Nobis
    tlnobis@bellsouth.net

  5. Tommy Nobis
    February 2nd, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

    Tommy Nobis

    NFL:

    Now knowing for sure I have some brain problems with memory, etc., what help can I expect to receive from the League? There are members of the League office who were made aware of my problem some time back. The NFL and the Atlanta Falcons have known about my problem(s) for some length of time. However, no action in the way of support has been offered. I’ve been a member and a supporter of the Falcon franchise and the NFL since 1966. I still have a good fan base in Atlanta who continue to support me with my activities off the field. Let’s not let my health situation get nasty.

    Can and will the League help me? At this time I’m asking for the League to offer me a positive course of action. Please respond to this request.

    Tommy Nobis
    Old #60
    Atlanta Falcons
    1966 – 1976

  6. Jim Tolbert
    February 3rd, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    Jim Tolbert

    Tommy,

    I feel for you. We came into the NFL at the same time and we retired the same year. I’m beginning to feel the effects of some of the concussions.

    I can still work but I will probably will retire soon.

    Hang in there, Tommy.

    Jim Tolbert
    San Diego Chargers, Houston Oilers
    St. Louis Cardinals
    1966 – 1977

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