Former Gamecock Included In NFL Settlement

6:36 PM, Aug 30, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The NFL has reached a major settlement in a concussion lawsuit brought by former professional players.

"It's one of those positions that they say you have to be borderline crazy to play it, but I love it," Corey Miller said.

Former Gamecock and NFL Linebacker Corey Miller dished out hit after hit for about 20 years.

And although football is his passion, it came with some physical consequences.

"We found out that you can sue based on some of the problems that a lot of former players have been having with concussions and ringing in the ears and all these different things," he said.

Miller, along with more than 4,500 other pro football players, sued the NFL two years ago, accusing them of hiding known risks of concussions for decades to keep players off the bench and in the game.

Miller is all too familiar with their old practices.

"I was running down the field and I was thinking I was going to have a sports center moment," Miller said. "I'm going to knock him out, well turns out I got knocked out. I remember the doctors giving me the little ammonia tablets, smelling salts and asked you, 'What's your name, your wife, family, count to 10.' And if you could do that then they would say, 'Well, you're good enough to go back in the ball game.'"

Out of the $765 million settlement, $10 million is set aside for research.

Which Miller is happy about. Seeing that his son, Christian, is also a football player.

"I feel more confident that when Christian goes to Alabama that they got the medical staff in place, they got the research, they got wisdom to take care of him and they're going to follow a strict guideline," he said.

And when it comes to people's opinion on the case, he says it's about morals, not money.

"A lot of people thought it was just about dollars and cents with this lawsuit, but when you understand they knew what the risks were down the road but yet we've got to protect the National Football League and all the money that they were making and are making," Miller said. "They put our lives and our future and our families' future at serious risk. This was not a money thing."

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to make a comment about the settlement.


 

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