The NFL and Concussions: The Enduring Issue

More than 4,000 former NFL players are suing the league for neglecting to tell them about the dangers of blows to the head and hiding evidence that linked head trauma with long-term brain damage. The plaintiffs are demanding damages and a medical monitoring program that will aid players in the event they experience symptoms of brain damage. The NFL denies the charges. Click here to read more about the case.

Sports journalism students at Columbia University profiled some of the plaintiffs to understand why they were suing and what kind of impact their football careers had on their lives.

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Eric Crabtree

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Bob Avellini

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Jim Cheyunski

Floyd Little

Floyd Little

Terry Hanratty               Steelers

Terry Hanratty

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Karl Mecklenburg

 

Paul Rochester, Defensive Tackle

Paul Rochester

Larry Cole

Larry Cole

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John Banaszak

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Dale Hackbart

Joe DeLamielleure

Joe DeLamielleure

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Greg Meisner

 

Marvin Cobb

Marvin Cobb

BOB KUECHENBERG

Bob Kuechenberg

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Reggie Rucker

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Ron McDole

Austin Gonsoulin

Austin Gonsoulin

David Humm

David Humm

Dick Schafrath

Dick Schafrath

 

Charlie Babb

Charlie Babb

 

 

Greg Pruitt

Greg Pruitt

Len Hauss

Len Hauss

Ted Kwalick

Ted Kwalick

Dexter Bussey

Dexter Bussey

Warren Bankston

Warren Bankston

Ricky Nattiel

Ricky Nattiel

Bob Lurtsema

Bob Lurtsema

Dave Elmendorf

Dave Elmendorf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John Fourcade

 

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Steve Bartkowski