$1 Billion Concussion Settlement Reached Between the NFL and Thousands of Former Players

Former players already diagnosed with brain injuries linked to repeated concussions can soon begin receiving benefits. Current estimates believe between 1,000 and 1,500 players would be eligible for payments now. Players could receive up to $5 million individually if they were diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The next-highest award is $4 million for families of a player with a post-mortem finding of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, and $3.5 million for players with Parkinson's or Alzheimer's. The settlement covers more than 20,000 NFL retirees for the next 65 years. The league estimates that 6,000 former players, or nearly three in 10, could develop Alzheimer's disease or moderate dementia. Read More