NFL concussion settlement a bit unsettling

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (Reuters)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (Reuters)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:14 AM ET

Money will not bring Junior Seau back.

Nor will it bring back John Mackey, Mike Webster, Dave Duerson or any of the former National Football League players whose brains were damaged over time with lives unhappily ended, often prematurely.

The $765-million settlement that was agreed upon by the NFL and the 4,500 players who filed suit will receive some money — payable over 20 years and pocket change in some cases — won’t in any way alter the problems that head trauma has caused for a generation of football players.

For many of those involved in the lawsuit, they don’t know what their future will be. Predictions of dementia are just that, predictions. No two cases are the same. There is no current way to diagnose the brain disease, CTE: It is discovered only upon death.

The lawsuit won’t solve anything, might help the desperate in need of treatment money, but more than anything, it buys the NFL some time to try and understand and grasp what has happened here but determine how to prevent the next generation from living equally painful lives.

Potentially, and that may end up as a stretch, is the only win here for anyone.


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