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Lawyer: Gale Sayers dropping NFL concussion lawsuit

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10:15 AM ET 09.22 | A lawyer for pro football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers said on Saturday he would drop a federal lawsuit filed on the former player's behalf that accuses the National Football League of failing to warn him about and protect him against head injuries. Attorney John Winters told Reuters he would voluntarily withdraw the lawsuit, filed on Friday in United States District Court in Chicago, after hearing from the Sayers' family that the Chicago Bears great no longer wanted to pursue the matter. Attempts by Reuters to get comment from Sayers were unsuccessful.

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September 22, 2013  10:23 AM ET

I'd make a joke about him not being able to make up his mind but that would be tacky.

September 22, 2013  10:59 AM ET

The Toronto Sun makes it sound like the lawyer did this on his own on Sayers' behalf and when he/his family found out they said drop it. Unless I'm reading this wrong. I'm I???

September 22, 2013  11:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Toronto Sun makes it sound like the lawyer did this on his own on Sayers' behalf and when he/his family found out they said drop it. Unless I'm reading this wrong. I'm I???

That's hiw I interpret it...

September 22, 2013  11:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The Toronto Sun makes it sound like the lawyer did this on his own on Sayers' behalf and when he/his family found out they said drop it. Unless I'm reading this wrong. I'm I???

Judging from the story that was posted here yesterday, it seems like the lawyer may have gone well-above and beyond in that regard.

September 22, 2013  12:04 PM ET

Wait, THAT's Gale Sayers? I thought he looked like Lando Calrissien?

September 22, 2013  12:39 PM ET

There's more here than meets the eye.

September 22, 2013  07:06 PM ET

Sayers still classy years later..

 
September 23, 2013  06:23 PM ET

I don???t understand why the NFLPA is so desperately trying to paint their members past and present as such as not being intelligent enough to figure out that when you play a sport that requires the use of a helmet, head injuries are going to happen, The lawsuits make the players seem to be oblivious and completely ignorant.

The villain in this situation is the very thing that is supposed to be protecting the players, the NFLPA. Why was the NFLPA only looking after the players??? financial future as well as the long-term health issues of the players. Why did the NFLPA fail to protect it???s players>

My 3rd concussion in 4 years occurred during the first game of my senior year in high school, but I was cleared by 3 different doctors to continue playing after a couple weeks, my parents said it was my choice, but I didn???t want to have long-term health issues related to concussions, so I sat out the rest of my senior year of football.

How is it that a 17 year old kid from a small town in South Dakota with no internet was able to find information about concussions and the long-term health issues that are possible, but the organization that was supposed to acting in the player???s best interests but did not take proactive steps to get information and then pass on that information to educate it???s players about the health risks of repeated concussions from contact sports?

40 years ago if you were a fire fighter, I would bet that someone in the NFLPA knew there was a chance you can get burned and could have long-term health issues because of it.
40 years ago, if you were driving a car, I would bet that someone in the NFLPA knew there was a chance you can get into a car crash and could have long-term health issues because of it.
40 years ago, if you went swimming, I would bet that someone in the NFLPA knew there was a chance you could deprive your brain of oxygen if you don???t come to the surface in time and could have long-term health issues because of it.
Why is it that 40 years ago, the NFLPA didn???t know about the long term health issues that are possible when you play football? Or if they did know about the effects, why didn???t they make the players more aware of the consequences?

The NFL teams has always treated it???s players as a commodity and the NFLPA job is to make sure it???s players are treated as humans. The NFLPA should be held responsible just as the NFL and it???s teams.

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