June 8, 2012 |
Lawyers for former pro-football players who say they are suffering debilitating brain diseases because the NFL concealed the risks of repetitive brain concussions filed a master complaint Thursday against the league in federal court here that would cover hundreds of former players. "Let's face it and be honest. I feel like the NFL has over the past couple of decades, or at least until '08 or '09, kind of turned a blind eye to the seriousness of . . . concussive hits," said Kevin Turner, a former running back for the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots diagnosed with amyotropic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
May 30, 2012 |
In the 1970s, during eight years as a safety with the Atlanta Falcons, Charles "Ray" Easterling lived in a world bound only by the rules and dimensions of the football field. By last August, Easterling's world was limited to the walls of his Richmond rancher by a brain so battered he forgot why he walked into a room by the time he got there. It was then that Easterling and his wife, Mary Ann, - joined by six other retired players including ex-Eagles quarterback Jim McMahon and offensive lineman Gerry Feehery, and four spouses - sued the NFL seeking lifetime medical monitoring for ex-players.
May 3, 2012 |
OCEANSIDE, Calif. - Former NFL star Junior Seau was found shot to death at his home Wednesday morning in what police said appeared to be a suicide. He was 43. Police Chief Frank McCoy said Seau's girlfriend reported finding him unconscious with a gunshot wound to the chest and lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful. A gun was found near him, McCoy said. Police said no suicide note was found and they didn't immediately know who the gun was registered to. "We believe it was a suicide," said Oceanside police Lt. Leonard Mata.
January 18, 2006 |
Former Temple football assistant coach Willie Slater has been named head coach of Tuskegee University, in Alabama. Slater, 49, an assistant at Temple the past two seasons, succeeds Rick Comegy, who left last month to take the head-coaching job at Jackson State. Slater was the Owls' offensive coordinator last season. A native of Coffeeville, Ala., he was an assistant on five Division II national championship teams. In other college football news: Dave Duerson, a former Notre Dame player who went on to play for the Chicago Bears, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery.
January 18, 2006 |
Former tennis star Roscoe Tanner has been sentenced to two years in a Florida prison for violating probation on a charge of writing bad checks. Tanner, 55, who won the Australian Open in 1977 and finished as runner-up to Bjorn Borg at Wimbledon in 1979, was sentenced in Pinellas County Circuit Court on Friday, court director Dave Tobiassen said yesterday in a telephone interview. Tanner was convicted in 2003 of writing a bad check to buy a boat for $35,000. He later sold the boat and left the state with the money, which led to a conviction for felony grand theft.
December 11, 2004 |
Notre Dame mishandled the firing of Tyrone Willingham as football coach and is not doing a good job in its search for his replacement, board of trustees member Dave Duerson said yesterday. Duerson, a former defensive back for the Irish and the Chicago Bears, told Chicago radio station WSCR-AM there are bigger problems at Notre Dame than the football team's struggles. "With all the other things going on at the university, the least of the problems was wins and losses," he said.
September 7, 1990 |
When you have been with a football team for seven years, when you have helped it win a Super Bowl and been good enough to earn four trips to the Pro Bowl, you feel pretty certain that you will be able to see the end coming. But Dave Duerson never did. At least not until it was too late. His release by the Chicago Bears last week was a vicious, blind-side hit, a 2 x 4 on the back of his skull that caught him completely off guard. One minute, the 29-year-old strong safety was dumping a running back for a 3-yard loss, the next minute they were telling him to bring his playbook to the coach's office.
August 27, 1990 |
The Dallas Cowboys yesterday cut Luis Zendejas, the former Eagles placekicker who created an uproar last season by accusing Buddy Ryan of placing a bounty on him before an Eagles-Cowboys game. Zendejas, 28, an Eagles player for 20 games before he was released Oct. 30, was waived by Dallas with another former Eagle, running back Junior Tautalatasi, and four other players. Zendejas' departure leaves free-agent rookie Ken Willis of Kentucky as the Cowboys' kicker. Willis was impressive in camp and exhibition games, despite being intercepted after a fumbled snap on a field-goal attempt on Aug. 18. The turnover was returned for the winning touchdown in the Los Angeles Raiders' 16-14 victory over the Cowboys.
October 23, 1989 |
When the NFL announced its schedule, officials at ABC probably drooled over the potential of tonight's Bears-Browns matchup. The Bears, one of the league's "glamor" teams, with flamboyant quarterback Jim McMahon and fiery coach Mike Ditka, locking horns with the aerial explosiveness of Bernie Kosar and the lunacy of Cleveland's fans trapped in their "dog pound. " Well, unfortunately for those ABC execs, the game's being played on grass and not on paper. McMahon has been shipped to San Diego and the Bears (4-2)
September 29, 1989 |
If Carl Sandberg had drawn his poetic inspiration from recent health reports hereabouts, Chicago would be known as "City of the Sore Shoulders. " This designation comes from the Chicago Bears, the team Mike Ditka has always wanted to send into NFL battles with a chip on its collective shoulder to match that of its head coach. But the Bears have been wearing ice bags there this week in treatment of various aches, pains and injuries - an inordinate number of which belong to members of Ditka's secondary.