Larry Kaminski: It Never Changes…

Aug 30, 2013

beat a dead horse award
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Fellow Former Players:Larry Kaminski at Home
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I was flabbergasted at the announcement made yesterday regarding the settlement decision on the concussion suit. I have been working on a settlement for several years in a CA Workers Comp case that only recently came to a close. I was poked, prodded, analyzed and put under a microscope. The end results were “mental impairment caused by continuous trauma to the head.” The folio of information and exams is about 8 inches thick!
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I had already been denied NFL disability because I filed “too late” and was “too old” to qualify (!), plus their evaluation group said ‘NOT QUALIFIED.’ They basically said if I wasn’t happy with the decision, sue us.
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The point I am making is now all of us with concerns are supposed to line up once again at the exam line and go through like cattle, then someone will mark us with a big rubber stamp: Maybe a little impaired, a lot impaired, somewhat impaired, very impaired. We will then go to the appropriate exam room to be examined again. And several months later – maybe – somebody will eventually release a statement based on the study and exam that says we do not qualify based on the settlement terms.
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I can only hope the guys who have suffered needlessly because of neglect of the system can get a little help asap. I am not going to go through the process to prove what has already been proven by Amen Clinic, the CA Comp examiners, and every other study to this point in time. The game caused head trauma and the injuries have created problems for many of us.
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I guess my final point is this: Is it just me or are the NFL Disability rules just the opposite of this Settlement’s rules? The Settlement actually states anyone who played is supposedly eligible for retribution. Meanwhile, our so-called Disability Program has arbitrary specifics and denies payment based on opinion from a group of former players who are not even qualified to judge any health issue. Is anyone else confused?
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Isn’t it time we were treated as humans and not like the gladiators from ancient Roman times? We sure weren’t expected to go out on the field and give half efforts – we would have been cut from the team in a heartbeat! We each played at high levels of intensity and we all did what was asked of us by our coaches and the system.
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We’ve been had again by the caring owners and the Commish…
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Thank you for the chance to share my thoughts.
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Larry Kaminski Broncos
Larry Kaminski
Denver Broncos
1966 – 1973
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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Dave Pivec
    August 30th, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    Dave Pivec

    Larry,

    I hope you’re doing better than you sound. Not sure if the NFL will ever get it right for the people who need it.

    I work with Bruce Laird here in Baltimore to try and make something happen.

    Dave Pivec
    LA Rams, Denver Broncos
    1966 – 1969

  2. Joe Steed
    August 31st, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    Joe Steed

    Melissa Harris-Perry has a show on MSNBC. She has a great show and does a great job! Very pretty woman as well! She had a segment on the overall nature concerning the religious institution called “football.” She addressed a lot of key issues. However who and what she failed to present in her discussion via commentary by a physician is the overall harm and absolute truth of concussions and violence!

    THERE ARE NO HELMETS, NO AMOUNT OF “RULES”, OR “SAFE” PLAY TO PREVENT A CONCUSSION!!! Our brains are jelly inside water; any amount of trauma, be it repetitive hits in practice or hitting your head on the garage door, the science tells us your brain will be damaged! I wish MHP had a doctor specializing in head trauma on the panel to expose the lie that there is a “safe” way to play the game! Football is violence. Football was and is entertainment at the expense of another person in exchange for monetary compensation. NO FORMER OR ACTIVE PLAYER SHOULD SETTLE FOR $765 MILLION OVER A 20-YEAR PERIOD WHILE THE NFL WILL MAKE OVER $180 BILLION IN THAT SAME SPAN OF TIME! THE NUMBER SHOULD BE 765 MILLION OR MORE A YEAR FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS! WE SHOULDN’T FALL FOR THE OLD TRICK OF “DIVIDE-AND-CONQUER” WHICH HAS BEEN USED FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS! STAND FIRM, HOLD YOUR GROUND AND SAY NO TO THE SETTLEMENT! WE CAN GET A BETTER DEAL!

    And again – if parents are concerned about the health of their children, as they should be, then they should really examine the effects of the sport on their children. Could there be a link to the rise in Alzheimers in society? Not sure?

    Joe Steed
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    1992 – 1999

  3. Gordon Arnold Wright
    September 1st, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    Gordon Wright - NY Jets

    Dear Dave and all who are fighting for fair treatment of former NFL player sufferers of CTE.

    The helmet protection from concussions is like the Army helmet that may have provided false protection from brain injury and sudden death. My Parents refused to allow me permission to play football until I was 15 years old. My Pop said I had reached my first phase of manhood and he would rather have me play Football than chase girls!

    My family has decided to donate my brain to Dr. Bennet Omalu along with my extensive films of my brain that were done with and without contrast in 2005. The cost was expensive but my family paid the cost in order to help children in the future understand the serious harm Football can do to the brain.

    Parents and children need to know how to make informed decisions. This was not the case when I fell in love with Football in 1959.

    Some would say “LOVE DON’T LOVE NOBODY, ESPECIALLY FOOTBALL LOVE. IT MAY OR MAY NOT LOVE YOU BACK!”

    It worked out for a select few!

    Gordon Wright
    Philadelphia Eagles & New York Jets
    1967 – 1970

  4. Alan Pastrana
    September 1st, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    Alan Pastrana

    Larry Kaminski –

    Remember the time I got knocked out in the Dec. 1970 San Diego game at Mile High? You recovered my fumble on the 15-yard line and tried to call time out with 15 seconds left in the game.

    The ref would not allow your timeout because at that time, I was the quarterback and captain and only captains/designated players could call Time Out! That one play made the League change the rule so that anyone could call time outs.

    Have a great day!

    P.S. – Next time in Heaven when I get knocked out, grab both of my hands and make the call for “Time Out.”

    Alan Pastrana
    Denver Broncos
    1969 – 1970