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Former Tennessee Titan Talks About NFL Concussion Settlement

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Former Tennessee Titan Talks About NFL Concussion Settlement

CREATED Jul 7, 2014
by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Thousands of professional football players will soon get testing for brain injuries, and the National Football League will pay for most of it.

 It is all part of a multi-million dollar settlement in a class action lawsuit brought by thousands of players against the NFL.

The league has agreed to pay for baseline neurological exams, concussion-related compensation, medical research and legal expenses.

Previous versions of the settlement had a $675 million cap on the amount of money the NFL would have to pay to former players. The newly approved settlement removed that limit.

Former NFL player, and now radio host Blaine Bishop, played pro-football for ten years. During that time he took some hard hits.

“When I was playing we used to call them dings. Having 10 concussions and having one knock out in the Super Bowl, everybody saw that,” Bishop said.

He now hosts the afternoon sports talks show 3HL on Nashville’s 104-5 The Zone. Monday, he and his hosts talked about the concussion lawsuit on the air.

Bishop said he will be interest to learn more about how each player will be compensated.

“We've got to dig a little deeper and see all the details, and make sure everybody gets compensated fairly. Especially guys, the older guys, who played in the league that made it so I could play, and other players play, so I want to make sure they're taken care of first,” Bishop said.
The new settlement does include a sliding compensation scale for players who suffer from brain injuries.

A young retiree with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, would receive $5 million, a 50-year-old with Alzheimer's disease would get $1.6 million and an 80-year-old with early dementia would get $25,000.

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