Reaction to the concussion deal

Updated: August 30, 2013, 1:35 AM ET
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Reaction to Thursday's order from Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody outlining a proposed $765 million settlement between the NFL and more than 4,500 former players who want to resolve concussion-related lawsuits:


"From the outset of this litigation, I have expressed my belief that the interests of all parties would be best served by a negotiated resolution of this case. The settlement holds the prospect of avoiding lengthy, expensive and uncertain litigation, and of enhancing the game of football." -- Brody


"It's a great day. My preference was when players were done playing, we'd have some kind of aftercare. It's a great thing for both sides of football that guys can get aftercare now. That's the most important thing." -- former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien to USA Today Sports


"It's frustrating. Frustrating. And to have a 10-year-old daughter who says to her mother, 'Daddy can't do this because Daddy won't remember how to do it,' it's not a good feeling. I'm glad to see there's been ... acknowledgment that football has had something to do with a lot of the issues us players are going through right now.'' -- former Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett


"Concussions are part of the game. I know a lot of the old players need a lot of help, and it's quite a settlement, from what I understand. ... I think people have hid behind this too long. It's time it's out in the open. It's out in the open now so we'll see what happens." -- former Chicago Bears coach and ESPN analyst Mike Ditka


"I'm not a part of it, but it seems fair. There have been a lot of guys that have suffered. Take Sam Huff, I saw him carried off the field on a stretcher twice in one game. I'm glad they're addressing it. I hope the players are satisfied and they're taken care of." -- former NFL quarterback Sonny Jurgensen


"They (the NFL) put a big settlement number out there, but guess what? They say you have to qualify, how easy will they make that? Then you get 50 percent in the first three years and the rest of it you have to wait for over a period of 17 years? Some of the guys who need to be compensated will be dead by then. A guy who has alzheimer's now. ... how relevant is that number to them? Who cares?" -- former NFL running back Leroy Hoard


"From what the first offer was to where it is now, I think it's a fair deal. The thing that I'm happy about is they are going to take of some of these guys that are really affected by this. They will do the baseline testing and get these guys the help that they need, more so than the money." -- Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon


"I'm surprised, I'm surprised it ended. I'm surprised they settled. There's a lot of older guys, guys older than me that are ailing right now, suffering so I can understand that you can say 'OK, I'll take the short term gain.' But it doesn't fix the problem. The thing that gets me is I still wanna know what is the NFL not telling us? I have been trying to figure it out. I have gone through this, gone through my first training camp and I remember getting my helmets and pads the first time and I've never had anyone tell me about concussions or anything like that so I want to know what the NFL is not telling us. But I'm happy for the guys that are part of the settlement." -- former Rams defensive tackle D'Marco Farr.


"I hope this settlement is the NFL saying, 'We're taking concussions seriously. We're going to keep working on it.' The worst case scenario for me is the NFL saying, 'We paid you money. Now go away.' ... "It felt like for the longest time we were making stuff up, that we were after money. I would give $200 million for my dad to be back here and be alive. There's no price on the hell you go through with this." -- Garrett Webster, son of former Steelers center Mike Webster, who died in 2002 from brain disease.


"At the surface it looks like a good deal. But in the long run i don't think it is. That's usually how it works when it comes to players and ownership. ... I'm pretty sure (the lawsuit) changed things. There's a certain protocols and fine systems and safety precautions that are being taken back on the field because of them trying to get ahead of lawsuits and stuff like that that come up later. I think that's affected how the game's being officiated and rule changes and stuff." -- Texans left guard Wade Smith




"I am able to live my life the same way I was, but now -- chances are, I am 44 now, I won't make it to 50 or 60 -- I have money now to put back for my children to go to college and for a little something to be there financially. ... The compensation provided in this settlement will lift a huge burden off the men who are suffering right now, for both them and their families, of course. It will give them the peace of mind to have the best quality of life they can have. No longer have to make decisions regarding their health based on what they can afford, but based on what is the best treatment for them." -- former NFL running back Kevin Turner, who has Lou Gehrig's disease.



The settlement includes much-needed medical care and monitoring of former players, as well as a commitment to research funding. -- The Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, which has been examining brains of deceased NFL players to try to determine what sort of connection exists between football and brain disease.


The NFL is far and away the most popular spectator sport in this country, so it has a symbolic power to lead the way on this issue. Now they are free to help raise awareness and fund prevention and treatment that will save millions from an injury that affects what it means to be human. -- agent Leigh Steinberg in op-ed on Forbes.com.



"I'm shocked that it is settled. I'm used to the NFL taking a hard-line approach as they have throughout the years with strikes and everything else. I'm curious how they came up with the figure and I've got a lot of questions, but I am happy that it's done. Any time the NFL acknowledges they are ready to settle something, it shows they knew they had some sort of negligence." -- former offensive lineman Lomas Brown, a seven-time Pro Bowler who had sued the league


Information from ESPN's Kelly Naqi, ESPN.com's Nicholas Wagoner, Scott Wagner and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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