Reaction to Thursday’s order from Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody outlining a proposed $765 million settlement between the NFL and more than 4,500 former players who want to resolve concussion-related lawsuits:
It’s frustrating. Frustrating. And to have a 10-year old daughter who says to her mother, ‘Daddy can’t do this because Daddy won’t remember how to do it,’ it’s not a good feeling. I’m glad to see there’s been ... acknowledgment that football has had something to do with a lot of the issues us players are going through right now.
— former Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett
I am able to live my life the same way I was, but now — chances are I am 44 now I won’t make it to 50 or 60 — I have money now to put back for my children to go to college and for a little something to be there financially. ... The compensation provided in this settlement will lift a huge burden off the men who are suffering right now, for both them and their families, of course. It will give them the peace of mind to have the best quality of life they can have. No longer have to make decisions regarding their health based on what they can afford, but based on what is the best treatment for them.
— former NFL running back Kevin Turner, who has Lou Gehrig’s disease
This agreement lets us help those who need it most and continue our work to make the game safer for current and future players. ... We thought it was critical to get more help to players and families who deserve it rather than spend many years and millions of dollars on litigation.
— NFL executive vice president Jeffrey Pash
Concussions are part of the game. I know a lot of the old players need a lot of help, and it’s quite a settlement, from what I understand. ... I think people have hid behind this too long. It’s time it’s out in the open. It’s out in the open now so we’ll see what happens.
— former Chicago Bears star and coach Mike Ditka
NFL concussion lawsuit net outcome? Big loss for the players now and the future! Estimated NFL revenue by 2025 (equals) $27 BILLION.
— former NFLPA President Kevin Mawae in a tweet
I’m shocked that it is settled. I’m used to the NFL taking a hard-line approach as they have throughout the years with strikes and everything else. I’m curious how they came up with the figure and I’ve got a lot of questions, but I am happy that it’s done. Any time the NFL acknowledges they are ready to settle something, it shows they knew they had some sort of negligence.
— former offensive lineman Lomas Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowl player who had sued the league
The money they’re talking about is going to people who need it. ... I had major concussions myself. Am I on that slippery slope? I don’t know that. Will this help protect me in the years to come? Yes. That’s what it’s for — something there in case you need it down the road. Right now I don’t need it, knock on wood.
— former NFL quarterback Don Strock
The settlement includes much-needed medical care and monitoring of former players, as well as a commitment to research funding.
— The Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, which has been examining brains of deceased NFL players to try to determine what sort of connection exists between football and brain disease
All of the plaintiffs involved are part of our player community, and we look forward to learning more about the settlement.
— NFL Players Association