Terry Bradshaw on the proposed NFL Concussion Settlement
Sportswriter Bryce Miller wrote a November 7, 2013 article posted on the USA Today website entitled Terry Bradshaw coping with memory loss, depression.
In the article he states “Bradshaw opted out of the concussion lawsuit that was settled between the NFL and former players for $765 million.”
That statement is false and misleading in two ways.
First, the proposed NFL Concussion Settlement has not been approved by the Judge and it has not been settled.
Secondly, no former player can “opt out” of the Settlement until the terms of the Settlement are officially sent out to the Class members. The NFL and the lawyers representing the former players have not even completed the final terms of the agreement.
In the article, Terry Bradshaw said that his reasons for opting out were “I didn’t want to be used” and “if I’m not in the settlement, that’s one less guy out of the mix to pay and a little more money for someone else who really needs it.”
It’s true that Mr. Bradshaw did not file an individual lawsuit against the NFL and was not included in the Master Complaint that consolidated all the lawsuits.
Maybe he’s confusing “opting out” with his decision not to join the 4,500 former players that sued the NFL and forced the NFL’s hand. It doesn’t matter, because even though he didn’t file, he will still be included in the Settlement – if it is approved.
Bradshaw wants to exclude himself from the Settlement, but he may want to reconsider that option considering the fact that he is already experiencing the classic symptoms of traumatic brain injury.
I haven’t seen the final details of the Settlement, but I assume that any compensatory award he might receive would be passed on to his family members when he joins our alumni brothers in the great hereafter.
In the article, Mr. Bradshaw also said “I’m certainly nowhere near as bad as Tony [Dorsett] or Junior [Seau], that’s not where I am.”
He may not be there now, but what about 10, 15 or 20 years from now? The Settlement will cover players that are diagnosed with “severe” cognitive impairments in the future.
Bradshaw says he didn’t want to be used.
Used for what?
We didn’t need Terry Bradshaw to file a lawsuit to get the attention of the NFL owners. We had plenty of Hall of Fame players and other great players that were willing to fight for what’s right. We did just fine without him.
He sat the bench on this one. Now he wants to come across as a good guy for “opting out” and giving a “little more money for someone else.”
News flash – The money that he is giving up will not increase the amount that other players will receive. The Settlement will only allow a player to receive a specific amount based on a formula that includes the severity of a player’s injury, their current age and the number of years they played.
Unfortunately for Bradshaw, the “Turk” will someday pay a visit to the set of “NFL on Fox” and like many players that get waived by their teams, he will realize that the NFL acronym in the television industry also stands for “Not For Long”- especially when you are starting to have memory and depression problems.
The good news for Mr. Bradshaw is that by “opting out” of the NFL Settlement, he reserves the right to sue the NFL in the future.
Maybe, just maybe, Terry Bradshaw is not the dumb blonde he would like us to think he is!
Your alumni brother,