Some NFL Plaintiffs Admit Feeling Negligible Effects from Concussions, Worry More About Future

Their attorneys probably weren’t happy, but several former Chicago Bears told veteran journalist Melissa Isaacson last week that their quality of life at present is decent. The future is what they are worried about.

Plaintiff Terry Schmidt, who played defensive back for the Bears from 1976 to 1984 and is the chief of dental services at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, N.C., said he took a standard test last month on the advice of a neurologist to establish a baseline. He scored 59 out of 60.

Schmidt indicated that one of the reasons he joined was the suicides of former players Dave Duerson and Junior Seau, and the link to past concussions.

“I want more awareness and places where we can go to get evaluated,” he said.  “Plus, if something catastrophic happens, I’d like for my wife to be taken care of.”

Former Brian Baschnagel is another one who says he currently isn’t experiencing any symptoms. He was initially “resistant to the emails and phone calls from former players and lawyers trying to persuade him to join one of the lawsuits,” according to the article.

“(But) you just never know what can happen five, 10 years down the road and once I get much older,” said Baschnagel.

To read the story, visit: http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/8206929/former-chicago-bears-conflicted-joining-concussion-lawsuits

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