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Gale Sayers sues NFL for head injuries

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10:04 AM ET 09.21 | Bears legend Gale Sayers sued the NFL on Friday, claiming the league negligently handled his repeated head injuries during his seven-year career. Sayers, a Hall of Fame running back who played with the Bears from 1965 to 1971, said in the lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Chicago that he suffered headaches and short-term memory loss after retirement. Sayers says he sometimes was sent back into games after suffering concussions and that the NFL overall didn't do enough to protect him from the "devastating concussive head traumas," according to the lawsuit.

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September 21, 2013  10:18 AM ET

Didn't he miss the boat on this one?

September 21, 2013  10:26 AM ET

I'd be more upset at the butchers that worked on his knee - but that's me.

September 21, 2013  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Didn't he miss the boat on this one?

I think it helps prove his point.

September 21, 2013  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Didn't he miss the boat on this one?

I'm thinking the same thing.

The NFL agreed on a $765 million settlement for concussion lawsuits last month.

September 21, 2013  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I think it helps prove his point.

HA!

September 21, 2013  10:39 AM ET
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I'd be more upset at the butchers that worked on his knee - but that's me.

Medicine about a half-century ago. Probably still used ether.

September 21, 2013  11:00 AM ET

That you can still talk and walk at the same time, says a lot Gale.

September 21, 2013  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Didn't he miss the boat on this one?

Yeah! I'd say that ship has already sailed.

September 21, 2013  11:06 AM ET
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I think it helps prove his point.

But the NFL is sure to site that settlement in their motion to dismiss. So, the NFL can say we've already paid him.

September 21, 2013  11:14 AM ET

Did he opt out of the Class Action?

Then he can proceed.

September 21, 2013  11:23 AM ET

That was five decades ago... I think Sayers' representation would really have to dig deep to prove the NFL was truly aware of the consequences of concussions at that time.

September 21, 2013  11:24 AM ET
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That was five decades ago... I think Sayers' representation would really have to dig deep to prove the NFL was truly aware of the consequences of concussions at that time.

DA BEARS!!

September 21, 2013  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

That was five decades ago... I think Sayers' representation would really have to dig deep to prove the NFL was truly aware of the consequences of concussions at that time.

Never underestimate the ability of a Shyster Lawyer to sniff out a penny.

September 21, 2013  11:28 AM ET
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I'm thinking the same thing.The NFL agreed on a $765 million settlement for concussion lawsuits last month.

The settlement still needs to be approved by a federal judge...

September 21, 2013  11:28 AM ET
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DA BEARS!!

HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!!!

September 21, 2013  11:30 AM ET
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Never underestimate the ability of a Shyster Lawyer to sniff out a penny.

Oh, heck no.

I'm surprised some of the litigants haven't tried to go after their alma maters (so far). Surely the NFL's lawyers will maintain that some concussive damage could have occurred before players reached the pro level.

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September 21, 2013  12:04 PM ET
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Medicine about a half-century ago. Probably still used ether.

I think a hacksaw was also involved.

A shame all the way around. The players I have the most sympathy for are the ones from the 60's and 70's. They didn't make anywhere near the money of the later day players and they are the reason the game grew to it's current level of popularity.

September 21, 2013  12:24 PM ET

League already agreed to a $1billion settlement in another head trauma case. You can expect a lot more of those going forward (see Junior Seau). Its a violent game and as many times as those guy take hits in the helmet. this issue is just beginning. One former NFL player said he does not expect football to exist 20 yrs from now as it does today.

 
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