NEW YORK – Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino is among 15 former players suing the NFL over claims it hid the risk of concussions sustained during the game.
Claims by more than 5,000 ex-NFL players that the league hid the link between traumatic head impacts and long-term brain injuries have been consolidated in federal court in Philadelphia. A judge in January refused to approve a $914 million settlement in those cases, saying not all players would be paid.
Marino and the other former players allege the NFL, knowing about the increased risk of head injuries, allowed players to use their helmeted heads to block, tackle and ram their opponents. Until 2011, the league denied any connection between concussions and long-term chronic brain injury, according to the complaint, also filed in Philadelphia.
“The NFL has actively concealed and/or aggressively disputed any causal connection between concussions in NFL football and brain injury or illness,” Marino and the other former players said in their May 28 complaint.
The former players seek unspecified damages and medical monitoring.
Brian McCarthy, a spokesman for the NFL, declined to comment on the complaint.
Marino, a Hall of Fame player was an analyst on CBS’s “NFL Today” until this year.
Friends support Kelly
Batavia, New York — Dan Marino left his Dolphins’ colors behind in exchange for a Buffalo Bills’ blue T-shirt with the words “Kelly Tough” printed on the front.
Anything for a dear friend.
“Everybody loves Jim. I love him too, man,” Marino said Monday, before the start of Jim Kelly’s annual charitable golf tournament. “I just can’t wait for him to get better and get back out here with us.”
Marino was on hand in what was one of the largest turnouts of the tournament’s 28-year history. The only one missing was Kelly, himself.
Too weak to attend, the Bills’ Hall of Fame quarterback is recovering in a hospital in Buffalo less than a week after completing radiation and chemotherapy sessions to treat sinus cancer, which spread from his jaw.
Though absent, Kelly’s presence resonated on the golf course about a half-hour outside of Buffalo.
“He’s here in spirit,” said former Bills general manager Bill Polian, who joined Marino in visiting Kelly on Sunday. “And everybody is here to not only aid his charity endeavors, but to show their support for him and our affection for him.”
Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas had to stop in mid-sentence to choke back his emotions. Thomas was nearly overwhelmed while attempting to assess the impact Kelly has made beyond football, through his Kelly for Kids Foundation.