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Craig Morton sues NFL

Posted by Mike Florio on December 12, 2013, 9:07 AM EST

More than three months ago, the NFL struck a comprehensive settlement with the thousands of former players who had sued the league for concealing the effects of head injuries.  The settlement, if approved, will apply to all retired players.

But every retired player has the right to opt out of the settlement.  Former Cowboys, Giants, and Broncos quarterback Craig Morton apparently will.

On Tuesday, Morton sued the NFL and NFL Properties in California federal court.  The 11-count, 373-paragraph complaint, a copy of which PFT has obtained, alleges that the NFL knew or should have known the risks of repeated blows to the head.  The complaint specifically alleges that quarterbacks like Morton historically have been more exposed to head injuries, given that defensive players try to “sack” them.

At paragraph six, the complaint mentions that the term “sack” possibly traces to Morton himself, citing our article from June 2013 in which Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy explained that the late George Allen told his Redskins players, “[W]e’re going to take that Morton salt and pour him into a sack.’”

Some will say that Morton is now looking for a sack of money.  Others will say he’s pursuing justice.  Regardless, the proposed concussion settlement gives all former players the ability to pursue their own legal actions.

If enough of them opt out of the settlement and press forward against the league, someone eventually could force the NFL to do that which it surely hopes to avoid ever doing — disclosing what it knew and when it knew it about head injuries.
Hawk

I think Morton will probably end up with something a little better than the others got.
Nightrider

They will pay its just a matter of how much?
MrMiyamoto

I am probably in the minority here, but I tend to side with the NFL a bit on this issue.  It's football.  It's dangerous.  You make crazy money doing it.  I understand the players of yesteryear made significantly less than they do now, but they still made disgusting money that most US Citizens would covet.  Sure, is there some wrong in the way the NFL concealed some of their knowledge?  Absolutely.  But it does not take a brain surgeon (haha) to deduce that the game of football could lead to issues later in life, particularly if you play it for an extended period of time.
Hawk

MrMiyamoto wrote:
I am probably in the minority here, but I tend to side with the NFL a bit on this issue.  It's football.  It's dangerous.  You make crazy money doing it.  I understand the players of yesteryear made significantly less than they do now, but they still made disgusting money that most US Citizens would covet.  Sure, is there some wrong in the way the NFL concealed some of their knowledge?  Absolutely.  But it does not take a brain surgeon (haha) to deduce that the game of football could lead to issues later in life, particularly if you play it for an extended period of time.


At first I agreed with what you are saying. I really thought this was going to hurt the owners and the NFL . But the owners didn't even really put up a fight, they just negotiated a deal.

But Morton is the only high profile QB that I've heard was involved in this. The 2 guys that pop into my mind who had the most concussions are Staubach and Young. I knew Tony Dorsett was involved, but I've never seen a list of players.

Seems to me the Owners weren't concealing this, it was the Doctors. As a matter of fact, it was a Doctor that told Staubach "one more head injury and you might not recognize your family." But yes he would have been allowed to play if he wanted to.
El Kabong

I'm neutral when it comes to this subject, not being a lawyer, I probably wouldn't understand the litigation anyway.

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