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Bearing up Now, but Considering the Fate of Others

Bearing up Now, but Considering the Fate of Others

Ron McDole does not have dementia, and both he and his family say he’s healthy. He lives next to Jackson Chase Gold Club in Middletown, VA., an hour west of Washington, with his second wife, Antoinette. He goes to alumni events involving the Washington Redskins, and fixes cabinets for his neighbors.

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“You Got to be a Thug Out on That Field”

“You Got to be a Thug Out on That Field”

Many former NFL players were used to hearing those questions from trainers after sustaining hard hits to the head during their careers. Depending on the answer, the questions determined whether a player remained in the game. Former wide receiver Reggie Rucker is all too familiar with this culture of survival in the NFL. He played 13 seasons, most notably as a member of the Cleveland Browns from 1975 to 1981.

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Using His Head for a Different Reason

Using His Head for a Different Reason

Bob Kuechenberg is claiming damages based on injury to himself as well as economic loss. He said in affidavits that after sustaining “repetitive, traumatic sub-concussive and/or concussive head impacts” during his career, he now suffers from symptoms of brain injuries.

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Hackbart says Suit is About Helping Older Players

Hackbart says Suit is About Helping Older Players

Dale Hackbart was born in 1938 in Madison, WI., and he stayed close to home for the early part of his accomplished football life. He was the starting quarterback for the University of Wisconsin football team where he was an All-Big Ten offensive choice his senior year. He also lettered in basketball and baseball and nearly chose the latter after signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates and playing for a season in the minor leagues.

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Marvin Cobb: Change Football’s Rules and Culture

It was Saturday Dec. 13 in 1975, and the Cincinnati Bengals were at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh to play the Steelers. During the pre-game warm up, Bengals cornerback Lemar Parrish realized he wasn’t feeling 100 percent. Coach Paul Brown had no choice but to tell a rookie from University of Southern California that he was going to start. Until then Marvin Cobb had only played on special teams.

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Getting “Tooned Up” in Dallas Wasn’t a Joke

The story of Larry Cole is the story of Lee Roy Jordan. It is also the story of Tony Dorsett and of Don Meredith. Right now, the story of Cole is the story of more than 4,000 other former National Football League players who are suing the NFL over the risk of brain injury that they claim to have unknowingly faced throughout their careers.

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The Legal Challenge of the NFL’s 4,000

The families of suicide victims Andre Waters (left), Junior Seau and Dave Duerson (22) hope for answers

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Hanratty Has Concerns about the Future

Hanratty Has Concerns about the Future

Terry Hanratty – who is suing the NFL for injury and economic loss – is not personally experiencing any lingering effects of head impact today, but he is still part of the case because the suit demands medical treatment be made available for all former players in case any health problems arise in the future.

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