Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon is pleased with the recent outcome of the NFL concussion lawsuit, reported NBC Sports on August 30. McMahon was among thousands of former NFL players who joined a concussion-related lawsuit against the league. The players alleged that the league knowingly spread misinformation about the connection between traumatic brain injuries and concussions.
News of the $765 million settlement was well-received by McMahon and the more than 4,500 other players who'd joined forces in the lawsuit. The number of plaintiffs is a solid sign of the depth of the problem. The settlement money will fund research and will provide concussion-related compensation to current, future and former players.
Jim McMahon helmed the Bears offense during their Super Bowl XX victory in 1985 and is a recognizable NFL veteran. He has went on the record with the lasting results of the concussions he sustained during play, noting that the memory loss and pain were so unbearable at times that he contemplated suicide. McMahon now says that medical treatments have helped to control his residual side effects and hopes that other players can achieve the relief and recovery that he himself has obtained.