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NCAA to pay $1.2 million to settle lawsuit in death of Frostburg football player

Associated Press

Lawyers are announcing a $1.2 million settlement with the NCAA and other defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the 2011 death of a Frostburg State University football player.

Attorney Kenneth McClain said in a statement Monday that the deal with the parents of Derek Sheely is a landmark settlement that puts the NCAA and other football stakeholders on notice of their obligation to protect the health and safety of athletes.

The senior fullback from Germantown died from a head injury he suffered in practice. The school, the NCAA and the maker and retailer of the helmet Sheely wore had denied allegations of negligence.

The money will be paid to the Derek Sheely Foundation, established by Derek's parents Ken and Kristen Sheely.

The Maryland Board of Public Works approved a settlement last month in which the state agreed to pay $50,000 to the foundation.

The university has said it would retire Sheely's uniform number, display his jersey on campus and create a full-tuition scholarship in Sheely's name.

It will also hold an annual fundraiser for the foundation, which works to raise awareness of the dangers of concussions.

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