I just posted a review of a story on Dave Duerson by Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com. There’s also a second Marvez piece, “NFL retirement plan faces challenge,” http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/andrew-stewart-dave-duerson-nfl-retirement-plan-faces-legal-challenge-08151, and it is highly recommended.
As noted in Marvez’s other article and my post about it, former player Andrew Stewart has sued the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Retirement Plan in U.S. District Court in Maryland. And Stewart’s attorney, Michael Rosenthal, is pounding hard on one of the themes of this blog: that the entire process was corrupted by our retrospective knowledge that retirement board trustee Duerson, who committed suicide in February, himself had chronic traumatic encephelopathy.
In all candor, I am less interested than some others in all the internal politics of the NFL Players Association. Maybe Duerson was a good guy, maybe he wasn’t. But he was definitely brain-damaged, he was in denial about an already deep body of research on football and brain damage, and he was in a position of power, ruling on the disability claims of brethren. Stewart and others are right about this, and those calling them names for pointing this out are wrong. I hope the dissident retirees achieve justice, in this Maryland courtroom and elsewhere.