A major lawsuit was filed against the NFL today in federal court today. Thousands of retried players, and many of their wives, say the National Football league hid brain injury links that have cost them their health. There are a lot of former players living here in DFW. We sat down with couple to get their view on this controversial case.
32-year-old NFL free agent, Chris Johnson, has worn many helmets to protect his head over the years.
“I had a concussion in 2010 against Denver. It was a slight hit, got dizzy went out,” said Fort Worth resident Chris Johnson.
Johnson was playing for the Oakland Raiders during that game. He says after he went through a series of concussion tests.
He's proud of the strides the league has made, but feels for former players who didn't get the same treatment and didn't have the same means.
“They didn`t make the money that we`re making now. They made way less than we did,” said Johnson.
3000 plaintiffs, mostly former players, filed a master lawsuit against the NFL today. They're accusing the league of hiding failing to provide information linking head trauma to brain damage and other long-term health issues.
“Concussions were never talked about, you`d have to be passed out almost dead on the field before they`d actually treat something like that,” said Former Cowboys Player Tony Casillas.
Former Dallas Cowboy Tony Casillas won a Super Bowl with in 92 and says he supports the suit.
“I think the health of the players, I think the NFL owes that to them,” said Casillas.
Johnson and Casillas are both healthy right now. But both men say they wonder about what could be ahead.
“It breaks my heart and I just hope that I`m not one of those people,” said Casillas.
“I have two little boys and two girls and you see some of the great ones, Earl Campbell, who played the game how they game supposed to be played and he`s in a wheelchair now,” said Johnson.
Both e guys support some form of lifelong health insurance for player. The master court filing is not a class action suit. It’s a collection of lawsuits. The NFL has to respond to the suit by August.