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Ex-NFL RB Tony Dorsett: Concussion Settlement 'Not Nearly Enough'
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Ex-NFL RB Tony Dorsett: Concussion Settlement 'Not Nearly Enough'

Aug 30 2013, 9:09pm CDT | by

Retired Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos running back Tony Dorsett says the $765 million concussion settlement is not "nearly enough."

Retired Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos running back Tony Dorsett is not satisfied with the NFL's concussion settlement.  Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News cites Dorsett's text message. In...

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Ex-NFL RB Tony Dorsett: Concussion Settlement 'Not Nearly Enough'

Aug 30 2013, 9:09pm CDT | by

Ex-NFL RB Tony Dorsett: Concussion Settlement 'Not Nearly Enough' Photo Credit: Getty Images

Retired Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos running back Tony Dorsett says the $765 million concussion settlement is not "nearly enough."

Retired Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos running back Tony Dorsett is not satisfied with the NFL's concussion settlement

Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News cites Dorsett's text message. In it, he says the settlement won't be enough to cover affected player's medical bills. 

"Ask the owners if when the money is divided between the players, will it cover our medical bills for the rest of our lives? NO, it won't."

Dorsett then spoke out twice more -- in a telephone conversation and in a separate interview when he revealed one of his closest non-football playing friends died of diabetes. 

"I was just sitting here thinking about this this morning. And thinking about the quality of my life, things that are changing with me personally...My memory.

"I'm just like,'Man, it (the settlement) is not enough. I just feel that, because of the quality of life that I'm starting to miss, they owe me more. Meaning the game owes me more for putting me in the condition I'm in. I've got medical bills to pay, and they're going to get worse as time passes on."

Dorsett and former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon were among the 4,500 former NFL players who sued the league for concealing information about the long-term risks of concussions while benefiting from the violence the fans are clamoring for. 

Some of these players are suffering from post-career ailments such as Alzheimer's, dementia or depression.

The league and these plaintiffs were able to reach a $765 million settlement on Thursday. The funds will be utilized for medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research. The settlement also states the NFL "did not admit any liability for football-related injuries," per the Inquisitr.

Dorsett also chimed in on this. 

"But you know, some people are probably happy with this. It's good to see people come to some consensus, but it's not the end for people like myself. If I get some money out of this, $100,000 or $200,000, what is that going to do for my medical bills? What is that going to do for my quality of life?" 

Dorsett, the 1976 Heisman Trophy winner, is the 1977 NFL Rookie of the Year while with the Cowboys. He was also part of the Dallas team that won the 1978 Super Bowl. 

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994. 

 
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