Ex-Chicago Bears player Gale Sayers is feeling the repercussions of his long career in the National Football League. The football legend is suing both the NFL and the helmet manufacturer Riddell for allegedly being intentionally misleading about the dangers of head injuries.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame running back says in his lawsuit that he suffers from memory loss, headaches and other “cognitive deficits” from chronic traumatic encephalopathy. That disease becomes significantly more likely when a patient is subjected to head injuries, like concussions, repeatedly.
Sayers filed his lawsuit on Sept. 20 at the U.S. District Court in Chicago. His argument is that the NFL never warned him that playing football while still suffering from a head injury could lead to permanent brain damage. He’s also including Riddell on the lawsuit because the company “provide adequate safety instructions or information about which models provide the best protection.”
Sayers played with the Bears from 1965 to 1971. Considering the NFL reached a $765 million settlement in August with more than 4,500 former football players who filed lawsuits over head injuries, it seems like Sayers has a good job of gaining the unspecified amount of damages he’s seeking.