Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien, one of the litigants, said he is relieved by Thursday's $765 million settlement in a concussion lawsuit brought by more than 4,500 former players against the NFL.
Rypien, who played 13 NFL seasons, says he's been concussed at least four times and previously was unable to get the neurological help he needs, because it was too expensive.
The settlement provides funds for compensation for head injuries and ongoing neurological care.
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"It's a great day,'' Rypien told USA TODAY Sports. "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.
"Am I suffering? I suffer every day from different aspects of the game, physically and mentally.''
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Rypien, 50, said he feels relieved for his family, which was wondering how it would be able to afford neurological help.
"I haven't been able to get any care," he said. "I couldn't afford the opportunity to get in front of a neurosurgeon. We can't afford that. I think it's a great thing that we don't have to drag this out through court and that guys get aftercare now."
He added: "There are a lot of moms and grandmas that are going to be able to sleep a little bit knowing that if there is something cognitively wrong with a loved one's brain and it's not working the way it needs to work, they're going to get some care for it.
"That's fair for playing this sport that we love."
How many concussions did Rypien suffer while playing for seven teams, including the Washington Redskins, who drafted the strong-armed quarterback out of Washington State in the sixth round of the 1986 draft?
"I can't even put a number to the concussions," he said. "I can't say I was clinically diagnosed the 30 times that I shook things off – was there some form of a mild concussionin every game I played in? I couldn't even tell you.
"The actual diagnosed ones, the ones where the trainer said to make sure when I had someone follow me home? I think there were three or four those. There's many facets, many forms of concussions.''
Rypien said he's happy for the players who predated him and future generations of NFL players, too.
"There are a lot of guys who played way before me and with this game as incredible as it is and you wanted to make sure it stays that way," he said.
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