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sasaki
03:25 PM on 08/31/2013
We need to question whether a sport that causes so many injuries and long term maladies should continue.
02:23 PM on 09/02/2013
No we don't, that's why playing is a choice and why playing sports suits some people and not others. If considering injuries and long term maladies is your concern then we better do away with all sports, the Olympics, the military, cars and a whole lot more. Athletes in all sports get injured. If America is now too squeamish for football (mind you they get pads, helmets and protections, unlike rugby players) then we need a gut check for everything else in this country. Puh-leasee. Don't play yourself and don't let your kid play, simple.
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TheEnergyDD2
and this too... shall pass...
03:16 PM on 08/31/2013
No more plausible deniability for NFL billionaires. Welcome to the era of transparency. Owners can no longer hide behind, "what the docs said". They must now become more proactive when it comes to the health of players. Yes, as grown men, the players make the first choice to risk life, limb, and sanity for on the field glory and off the field money, but will coaches/owners finally choose player safety over win totals?
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pepper1311
07:18 AM on 09/02/2013
These guys start at age six playing, so what about the 'quality' of care before NFL?
02:26 PM on 09/02/2013
It is their job to focus on wins, period. They aren't coaching beauty pagents. Players are responsible for themselves and if they don't want to take care of themselves and they make the choice to get on the field then so be it. Give me a break. Billionaires? Yes, there are billionaires in a whole lot of industries. And a lot of NFL players make good money for working a few months out of the year. Their choice. Otherwise, they can take that degree they should have earned in college football and go get a career. They are smart enough to know playing sports will end by their 40's and now they are after money.
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flyingfortresb17
03:01 PM on 08/31/2013
The players were torpedoed by the settlement. The NFL should be taking 5 percent of the gross and putting it into prevention and payment for the retirees and immediate evaluation of all players when they retire, again at 5 years and then ten years to gain an understanding of any injury sustained to the head. Granted the players signed into the NFL and were not forced by any means to play but when they play and get injured (concussion) they should have immediate medical treatment and follow-ups the entire week following and documentation of all head injuries.
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Dr Drew
09:36 PM on 08/31/2013
most of them are millionaires, they are more than welcome to hire doctors, instead, they party. Not seeking treatment is their choice and responsibility.
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flyingfortresb17
09:40 PM on 08/31/2013
dr. spew most are linemen who get a minor amount of money and play where there is little or no recognition.
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Facial Giver
02:59 PM on 08/31/2013
Amazing how McMahon's perspective changed when he figures out he is going to get $2 or $3 million bucks from this settlement
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ydrittmann
Vitter patronizes women.
11:55 PM on 08/31/2013
The total in the settlement is before all legal costs. This case has been going on for years. The money that reaches the player will be much smaller.
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dwhuston
Conservatives - The Abominable No Men
10:38 AM on 09/01/2013
Jim Mcmahon is worth around $15,000,000.00 just so you know. I think he will do just fine
02:48 PM on 08/31/2013
Not to diminish McMahon, but there are plenty of ex-NFL players who have suffered no ill effects from playing professional football. The list is endless of sports analysts and commentators on network and cable TV.......Bradshaw, Collinsworth, to name just two, and the list is endless....
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flyingfortresb17
03:03 PM on 08/31/2013
Yes and everyone is different. I wonder about Bradshaw. How many wives? What reason were the divorces? He is funny but isn't it possible they do not display their injuries?
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03:12 PM on 08/31/2013
Well, I think most players do. It may not be the brain trauma that some have reported having, but most do have physical ailments that could be just as bad in some cases.
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Dr Drew
09:38 PM on 08/31/2013
And let's face it, these guys weren't on track to do much else. I guess we could give them IQ tests on the way in and the way out.
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Paul Demos
02:18 PM on 08/31/2013
Our sympathy goes out to Mr McMahon, and thank him for providing great entertainment and excitement to us. I truly wish this was not the cost to him for that. We wish you well DaaBear.
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BlueZoo
Independent voter, Independent thinker!
01:32 PM on 08/31/2013
Every single one of these players knows the long-term risks of this game. We've seen these players and their suffering for decades. Ever watch what it takes just for Jim Otto to get out of bed in the morning? 40 surgeries, 28 of which were knee operations, has nearly died and now has had a leg amputated. And he played FIFTY years ago! McMahon and all the rest knew but they all are "rich, handsome and invisible" with that "it can't happen to me" attitude. I love the game but, geez, you play with fire and you get burned.
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03:39 PM on 08/31/2013
Perhaps,but I dont think the players knew of the long term cognitive effects.
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wisconsinsteve
I am not a strawman.
04:00 PM on 08/31/2013
" Ever watch what it takes just for Jim Otto to get out of bed in the morning? "

Have you observed Mr. Otto getting out of bed in the morning? I'm curious....
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BlueZoo
Independent voter, Independent thinker!
04:36 PM on 08/31/2013
Yes, I have! There is a brilliant documentary showing him awakening in the morning and what he goes through just to get out of bed. I don't recall the name of the documentary but it is about football players injured through the years. I believe it was made by ESPN.
10:53 AM on 08/31/2013
I have not heard of Jim in a long time. He was a very good friend of a friend of mine.
I am not gung-ho behind the players because of my opinion of football. I would never play. I will watch someone else play. That was why I did not box. It is the same thing. You have a choice to play or not. I did not let my stepsons play. So that was that for me. They can play baseball and basketball. No football. You are a damned gladiator to be fooling around with that sport. I remember getting into this conservation with Herm Edwards years ago. I had to do some name dropping here to emphasize my point. I remember looking at Herman's son at the time. He did later play. But he did not become a professional like his dad. HIS DAD NEVER GOT HURT. Herman is built sturdy. I used to play pick-up basketball with him. I honestly think Herman loves basketball more than football. He knows the game of basketball very well. He played some at Cal when he first went to college. But he bread and butter was football. I will watch football to death. I AIN'T PLAYING IT AT ALL. It is like choosing to be a battered spouse. NOT ME.
10:16 AM on 08/31/2013
jim mcman feels better because he got more money. it was his choice to play football and how they can sue the NFL (which made them rich) is ridiculous!! if he didnt know how to manage his money and now is broke and is looking for a way to get more should be his on problem
11:07 AM on 08/31/2013
Stop it. You've made the same terrible argument ten times and you don't get it at all. Every player knows there are risks with football, nobody knew they could be losing their minds and wanting to kill themselves after their career was over.
02:06 PM on 08/31/2013
McMahon is right..........players knew about physical risks but discussions of head injuries was very little. But, that being said, good medical people knew about concussions and the future problems they caused in the 1970's. I know because I received my certified athletic training education during that time. We received good education on head injuries and I personally held players out during games. Even when coaches and players both yelled at me, I refused to let players back in.

It was the players' responsibility to save their money. You are right on that. But, they did not receive good education on concussions. The owners used them up and spit them out.
The way these monies are penciled out, I don't think anyone is going to get rich.
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pepper1311
07:26 AM on 09/02/2013
Why wouldn't an owner use a player up then discard them? It's professional football not socialist ,we keep you payroll till death ball. Do think fans would pay to see this guy QB now? These are university grads who know career length. As well they started at age six then continued so how many concussions before NFL?
09:56 AM on 08/31/2013
Now that we've learned -- and hopefully, the owners have acknowledged -- the long term effects of violent contact sports, I hope that (a) athlete will insist on the sport becoming less violent and (b) the owners and players will take steps to avoid and mitigate these long term effects. Starting today, there can be no excuses for how NFL players (and possibly even college football players) find their physical and mental capacities diminished years after their tooshort careers come to an end.
10:21 AM on 08/31/2013
thats ridiculous! when every player started playing fooyball they knew exactly what the sport is. they now want to act like its to ROUGH and want more money. things progress in life, things are made better. back in the days these were the best equipment or helmet or whatever to play with. america progressed helmets are better,all equipment is better, there is no head hunting(which i agree). but to me this is ridiculous
12:47 PM on 08/31/2013
they did not know the long term effects of that roughness; and for what its worth, back in the days of simple padded gear, there were fewer cases of post-playing mental illness and of other long-term outcomes of trauma
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Biminicat
Funny thing, I like to think for myself!
01:22 PM on 08/31/2013
shaboski123 did you play football? You seem to be repeating yourself over and over again. Perhaps you should be tested for dimentia.
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08:39 AM on 08/31/2013
I though it was his back end that was hurting...bear fan
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butchcliff
The future is unwritten
08:25 AM on 08/31/2013
Loved McMahon. Loved the '85 Bears, one of the best teams ever. (Sweetness personal favorite player of all) McMahon's habit of the helmet bump was not well thought out. Hindsight & all that
10:11 AM on 08/31/2013
I was thinking the same thing.
03:09 AM on 08/31/2013
What's sad is, unless dramatic changes to the game are made, the players playing today will experience the exact same things these retired players are experiencing. How many huge hits has Polamalu delivered and received? He's also had 9, I believe, diagnosed concussions. How many undiagnosed concussions has he had?

Seems to me football players have two choices. Either continue to sacrifice bodies and minds to the game or radically alter how football is played.
10:25 AM on 08/31/2013
no they have 2 choices, PLAY or DONT PLAY! and i disagree that guys now will feel the same. all equipment is 20 times better than then just equipment jim mcman played with was better then in the 40's and 50's. its a choice and its a contact sport. if you dont want to get hit , dont play!
02:08 PM on 08/31/2013
And maybe players will quit the sport while they are ahead, like Barry Sanders did.
06:03 PM on 08/31/2013
Well, if changes aren't going to be made, then football has to be considered like cigarettes. Everyone now knows the dangers, if you have to suffer for them, well, it's no one's fault but your own.
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Jordan83
01:46 AM on 08/31/2013
Ironic the Guy who decided to head Butt all his Team Mates every time they scored did not know that hitting your head can cause a concussion. Must be Nice to be Stupid?
11:06 AM on 08/31/2013
It's not that people didn't know concussions existed. It's that they didn't know twenty years later they'd be wanting to kill themselves.
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