Scott Ross, a former NFL player who was part of a lawsuit filed by former players over head trauma and concussions, died earlier this week. He was reportedly found dead in a church parking lot in Lafayette, La.
His aunt went online to say the cause of death was heart failure.
“I’ve watched my nephew Scott struggle over the years with injuries from football,” said. “(W)e all need to realize this is the tragedy story playing behind the scenes — the ones fallen from the spotlight — they are honored on the field and in death, BUT forgotten by the ‘NFL Leagues’ when they are no longer a resource. Scott is just one, but there are many — young minds with elderly dementia — the ‘ex-football’ players who now walk with canes and some need guardians. Forgotten ‘life’ of the tailgate party. Scott educated many and his problems pale in comparison to many ex players. Scott passed peacefully from heart failure… his body just gave out.”
Ross, 45, was a linebacker at USC, who was taken in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints. He appeared in four games with the team. In a 2012 lawsuit against the NFL and NFL Properties, he claimed that he had “sustained multiple repetitive traumatic impacts and concussions, for which he was never treated by a physician while he played in the NFL.” Further, he claimed he “suffers from severe memory loss, cognitive dementia, and, on information and belief, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (“CTE”), a condition caused by repetitive sub-concussive and/or concussive blows to the head.”