The National Football League could be close to settling with thousands of former players in concussion related lawsuits according to a federal judge... but one South Dakotan and former NFL quarterback is questioning whether the proposed settlement will be enough.
The proposal calls for the NFL to pay $765 million dollars to players to help fund health screenings, medical compensation and research. Former player Neil Graff, who is a part of the players lawsuit, doesn't think the deal is up to par. While it could go through, he says you may see a majority of players opting out of the settlement to pursue a different action. As for him, he's not happy with it and would like the league to admit some wrong-doing for allegedly hiding the long term health risks of concussions years back.
"To me that's kind of an important point, that they admit that they were wrong and what they did was not in the best interest of the players. In this case without going through the full length of litigation, they're able to back off from that particular issue and not admit any fault. I personally would like to see them fess up a little bit to that particular issue," Graff said.
The proposed settlement would provide immediate compensation for players, pay for medical exams and treatment, and underwrite research to protect future generations from the effects of repeated blows to the head.