Deion Sanders shared his thoughts about former football players filing concussion lawsuits against the NFL during a pregame show before February's Super Bowl: "The game is a safe game. I don't buy all these guys coming back with these concussions. I'm not buying all that. Half these guys are trying to make money off the deal."
Sanders was determined to be 86% disabled by the Division of Workers' Compensation in California back in November of 2010...after he filed a worker's comp claim.
Four doctors who examined the former star diagnosed more than a dozen medical conditions, including cognitive impairment and behavioral/emotional disorder. The review also said Sanders suffered from arthritis and "arousal disorder," a sleep impairment.
Sanders is one of a host of current NFL employees, including at least six other NFL Network analysts and dozens of assistant coaches and team personnel, who have made such claims, The Times has found.
In addition to Sanders, four former players who now serve as on-air talent for NFL Network — Brian Baldinger, Bucky Brooks, Willie McGinest and Darren Sharper — have claims pending that allege head or brain trauma. NFL Network analysts Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin also filed such claims and received cash settlements from their former teams in 2011
Sanders could not be reached for comment. His agent, Reed Bergman, said he had no comment, as did Sanders' workers' compensation attorney, Mel Owens. A spokesman for NFL Network also declined to discuss the claims.
Let's go Primetime...
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