Saints QB says concussion settlement should be more
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said on an afternoon talk show with Katie Couric as host that the sum being offered as remuneration for damages caused might fall short of helping all the players who have been permanently hurt by playing football.
Brees said there were too many people who had played football and were now dealing with the aftermath of ill health and the money being given might fall short of covering them all. Brees is a member of NFLPA (National Football League Players Association) executive board. He is also a veteran player with 13 seasons in the NFL so his words have weightage.
“There’s so many guys out there that need to qualify for disability and certainly need a lot more,” Brees said. “The amount of money that they’re talking about … sounds like a lot, but really it’s just a drop in the bucket for the amount of help that these guys need.”
During the talk show Brees again expressed how the NFL had changed today. It was much safer for players to participate and there was a lot of awareness about the ill effects of concussions and brain related damage. Keeping all that in mind the doctors are able to make better decisions and with the awareness the players know what they are stepping into before they play a game or when they get injured.
Brees did mention that there was more that the NFL could offer to the players to safeguard their health.
It is proven scientifically that repeat trauma to the brain experienced during the course of a football career causes the player to suffer from dementia, permanent brain damage and many other brain diseases.