Seventy-five former NFL players, including former Giants running backs Ottis Anderson and Rodney Hampton, are suing the league for negligence and liability, claiming the NFL concealed information about the risks and dangers of concussions for decades.
The suit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, also lists former cornerback Raymond Clayborn and wide receiver Mark Duper, the former Dolphins’ star, as plaintiffs, among others. Most players listed their wives as co-plaintiffs.
The helmet maker Riddell, which has supplied most NFL helmets for several years, is also a defendant. The suit alleges the NFL knew as early as the 1920s about the harmful effects of concussions and claims that the information was concealed from coaches, trainers, players and the public until June 2010.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league hasn’t “seen the complaint, but would vigorously contest any claims of this kind.”
The NFL has attempted in recent years to increase awareness about concussions, and a recently formed player safety committee has recommended guidelines that would cut down on contact in an effort to reduce concussions.