NFL Retirement Board Paid $2M To Ex-Players While League Denied Concussion Risks

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  1. SRW

    SRW Ex-World's Worst Site Admin Staff Member

    According to documents obtained in a joint investigation by PBS' FRONTLINE program and ESPN's "Outside the Lines", the National Football Leagues' retirement board awarded at least $2 million in disability payments to at least three former players after reaching the conclusion that football was the cause of their brain injuries.

    In 1999, the retirement board determined that the late Mike Webster, a Hall of Famer who played 17 seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Pittsburgh Steelers before finishing his career with the Kansas City Chiefs, was "totally and permanently" disabled due to repeated blows to the head he received as an active player. Webster passed away in 2002 at age 50 and was the first former player to be diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy after donating his brain for research.

    Bob Fitzsimmons, Webster's attorney in that disability case and the current co-director of the Brain Injury Research Institute, believes the conclusions reached by the retirement board to be the "smoking gun" in current lawsuits against the league.

    "It's pretty devastating evidence," said Fitzsimmons. "If the NFL takes the position that they didn't know or weren't armed with evidence that concussions can cause total disability — permanent disability, permanent brain injury — in 1999, that evidence trumps anything they say."

    NFL spokesman Greg Aiello emphasized in an email that the retirement board is independent, and that its decisions “are not made by the NFL or by the NFL Players Association.â€￾

    Source: Yahoo! Sports
  2. SRW

    SRW Ex-World's Worst Site Admin Staff Member

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ke1knLGQwo&feature=plcp]OTL: Mike Webster's Brain Injury History - YouTube[/ame]
  3. SRW

    SRW Ex-World's Worst Site Admin Staff Member

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNfVB0z7_UU&feature=plcp]Mixed Messages on NFL Brain Injuries - YouTube[/ame]
  4. SRW

    SRW Ex-World's Worst Site Admin Staff Member

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQTODdQfUyE&feature=plcp]Legal Impact of NFL Disability Decision - YouTube[/ame]
  5. FamousGuy909

    FamousGuy909 Ticket Scalper

    with all the fines they been giving out, they were stock piling money for the day to pay...
  6. 86WARD

    86WARD NFL's Dirtiest Player Staff Member

    No, no, no. That fine money goes to NFL charities...lol.
  7. SeanTaylor21

    SeanTaylor21 TheKingofKind

  8. CaptainStubing

    CaptainStubing Gave her a Dirty Sanchez

    the nfl retirement board is independent from the NFL and the NFLPA ...........

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