Did the NFL glorify the violence in football at the risk of brain injury to the players? According to NBC News on Aug. 29, the NFL has agreed to pay $765 million to settle over 4,500 claims of retired players with brain disease and conditions like Lou Gehrig’s disease.
And although the NFL denies the charges in the lawsuit, NFL Executive Vice President Jeffrey Pash said the agreement was an effort to "do the right thing."
"This is an important step that builds on the significant changes we've made in recent years to make the game safer, and we will continue our work to better the long term health and well-being of NFL players," he said in a statement.
One of the plaintiffs is former Philadelphia Eagle Kevin Turner, diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease four years ago. Kevin said the payouts “will lift a huge burden off the men who are suffering right now."
The father of three has trouble speaking due to the condition. "It's easy to forget just how many men have played in the NFL throughout the years," he said. "In the future they may wind up unfortunately like me, and they know that is a real probability."
Players do not have to prove a concussion or other on-field injury to receive funds. Families of deceased players can apply after death if the death was due to a brain injury. The fund will be in effect for up to 50 years and the NFL has agreed to deposit more funds should the fund run dry.