Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Trent Richardson headline the list of 2012 NFL Draft prospects/plaintiffs in the latest lawsuit against the NFL over head injuries. The suit, filed by more than 300 future NFL draft picks or rookie free agents, claims the league did not do enough to protect them from the debilitating head trauma that they no doubt will suffer during their NFL careers.
"It's very likely that I will be a vegetable by the time I'm in my mid-40s," said Andrew Luck, the likely No. 1 overall pick. "In fact, my brain will probably be so inoperable that I, and my fellow draft picks, may forget to sue the NFL for our disabilities once our playing careers are over. So we wanted to get that out of the way now while our brains are still functioning."
Luck says he is also enjoying his last few months of being able to read, eat and drink without drooling, and having emotions other than rage and depression.
The lawsuit reads as follows:
During their NFL careers, the 2012 NFL Draft picks will sustain repetitive traumatic impacts to their heads and/or concussions on multiple occasions. They will go on to suffer from various neurological conditions and symptoms related to the multiple head traumas. The NFL not only misled these future players, and not only was negligent but, we believe, deliberately withheld information that could have protected these former players, and … could have changed the way their sad lives turned out.
Richardson says he hopes the lawsuit will force football to change and become a more healthy endeavor for those who come after him.
"But let me stress that I'm talking about players who come after me," said Richardson. "I want football to stay exactly as it is for the time being. I'm going to get rich. Very rich. If they pussy it all up, people will stop watching. It has to stay popular for us to get rich. But those who come after us? They can live long, healthy, poor lives."
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