What they're saying: Former NFL players talk about concussions

by Michael Baldwin Published: January 25, 2014

Former NFL players talk about concussions and the $765 million lawsuit settlement they agreed to with the league in August.

NBC analyst and former Bengals wide receiver Cris Collinsworth: “One day I think you'll see similar lawsuits hit high school football. When it does, high school football might say, ‘Thank you, but no thank you, we've had enough.'”

Former NFL linebacker Aaron Curry: “A settlement on concussions isn't going to make up for early death, forgetting kids' names and the rest of stuff that comes with brain trauma.”

Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre: “In some respects I'm almost glad I don't have a son because of the pressures he would face, plus the physical toll it could possibly take on him.”

Hall of Fame Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Joe DeLamielleure: “We lived our dreams — the players. Now our families live our nightmares. Let's help take care of the women and kids who have had to take care of their dads from all the stuff from concussions.”

Former OU and Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Tony Casillas: “There probably are more accidents with kids getting concussions falling off bikes than tackling someone. But thousands of kids still ride bikes. No question concussions are a serious matter. We were guinea pigs for today's players. With better education, research and testing there should be significantly fewer cases of dementia and other long-term effects when these players get older.”

Former New York Giants linebacker Harry Carson: “The human body was not created or built to play football. You're going to have some brain trauma. ... I hold the game of football responsible. It's a sports-wide problem.”

by Michael Baldwin
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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