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NFL awards $765 million to former players with concussions

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NFL awards $765 million to former players with concussions

CREATED Aug. 30, 2013

(KTNV) -- The NFL has reached a settlement with thousands of its retired players, but some players say it's not enough.

More than 4,500 former pro-athletes accused the league putting them at risk and intentionally hiding the dangers of head trauma.

The "historic" settlement calls the league to pay $765 million to cover medical exams, concussion-related compensation, and medical research. Many former players claim they suffered neurological problems as a result of their on-field play.

Critics say the settlement is too small, but it will bring immediate relief for the league's 19,000 former players, everyone one of whom will be eligible for a medical exam. Those with cognitive impairment will get further testing and treatment. Those with serious illnesses will get up to five million dollars.