Three former college football players, including one who once played for North Carolina State University, filed a class-action lawsuit against the NCAA in a federal court in Chattanooga, TN this week, according to the Associated Press.
The former players allege the NCAA neglected its players’ health by failing to educate them about the risks of concussions and failing to do enough to prevent, diagnose and treat brain injuries sustained by student athletes.
The suit was filed just one week after the NFL agreed to pay three-quarters of a billion dollars to settle lawsuits with thousands of former players who developed dementia or other head-injury related issues as a result of their time on the field. None of the plaintiffs in the NCAA suit played football for the NFL.
Dan Ahern, who played for NC State from 1972-76, said he was hospitalized after a game against Penn State his senior year. He claims health issues including inability to concentrate and memory problems forced him to retire at the age of 50.