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Taking on the NFL over the consequences of concussions

Dec 21, 2013

Ricky Watters


Taking on the NFL over the consequences of concussions

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Taking on the NFL over the consequences of concussions. Advertisement. Details. Description. Former NFL Running Back Ricky Watters on efforts to improve the health and safety of football players
The proposed NFL concussion settlement so far sounds exactly like the current Bell/Rozelle disability plan which is a complete debacle. It has been almost 4 months and not one word on the details of the proposed NFL concussion settlement. If you look at the NFL’s track record of delay, deny and hope retired players die then the devil is in the details. Besides, from the little bits and crumbs that we have heard, the vast majority of retired players with brain damages from the NFL will receive nothing (other than a shinny booklet with may be some proposed benefits that are not accessible)!………… The NFL continues to cheat, swindle scam, rip-off, etc.  retired players and their families with brain damage who made the game what it is today which grosses $10,000,000,000 annually and pays Roger Goodell in excess of $30,000,000 annually. This cash machine in not enough for the mighty NFL . The NFL also has a non-profit status and an antitrust exemption and requires retired players to apply for  medicare to pay their medical bills for football injuries. May be that is one reason why medicare is going broke? And they ask the public to pay for their fancy football stadiums. My question is what does the NFL pay for? Did you also know that the entertainers at half time during the Super Bowl also don’t get paid. And the team doctors pay to be team doctors to grow their private practices.
However, the tipping point with the NFL GREED is their concealment on concussions and repeated blows to the head. Too bad NFL because your cash cow is in serious jeopardy along with your staggering liability………
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3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Gordon Arnold Wright
    December 21st, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    Thanks Ricky Watters for paying it forward. Your individual efforts will benefit all of us past, present & future.

  2. Bob Avellini
    December 22nd, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    I thought Ricky Watters handled himself very well. I only wish that when we have the opportunity to address the media about this “settlement,” we emphasize the fact that the money is not just divided up among 4,500 ex players, but 18,000. The media should also be educated to the fact that it is spread out over 20 years, and the majority of ex players will not see a penny!

  3. Lionel James
    December 30th, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    I really don’t bog myself down anymore because I will not see a dime, but my wife will if I develop a brain disease. Maybe the NFL just let us know what they knew and that will help me more than the settlement. It seams like I’ll be 70 when it settles anyway. With that being said I feel for the wives who deserve what they can get! Also, please don’t misunderstand me, because I do understand the principle of the fight, I just know that we do not live in a transparent world. But, he who has the money wins in this world, right, or wrong they maybe.

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