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Pete Strom and Denmark (South Carolina) Rep. Bakari Sellers, both of The Strom Law Firm, LLC announced this week that it is representing five former NFL players, who have joined the existing lawsuit being brought against the NFL, which alleges that the NFL concealed information linking football-related head injuries to permanent neurological problems.
The players, all from South Carolina, include Stephen Davis, Corey Miller, Henry Taylor, Travis Williams and Langston Moore.
“It’s a lawsuit focused on the health and safety of former players,” said Stephen Davis, former Washington Redskin (1996-2002) and catalyst in leading the Carolina Panthers (2003-2006) to Super Bowl XXXVIII. “I cannot remember how many concussions I’ve had. I live every day with the lasting effects of my head injuries. All I want is the opportunity to be a good father, a good husband, and remain in good health.”
The law firm maintains that “after the well-publicized retirements of two NFL players suffering from post-concussion syndrome, the NFL formed the Mild Traumatic Brian Injury (MTBI) committee (in 1994). Until that time, the NFL had ignored decades of studies dating as far back as the 1920s that linked concussion to brain disease.
“In 1991, three years before the NFL first began investigating traumatic brain injury concerns, the NCAA and individual college teams’ medical staffs, along with lower-level football groups, adopted a wait before you return to play criteria to protect football players suspected of having sustained concussions. The NFL made no such changes.”
Davis alluded to a bigger picture: “By holding the NFL accountable for exposing its players to avoidable dangers and ignoring proper treatment for head injuries, the sport will become safer for those playing today and set an example for all youth football athletics programs to follow.”