Andrew Stewart earned a rare victory against the NFL pension plan this week as a federal judge ruled officials "abused their discretion" in denying the Cleveland Browns defensive lineman disability benefits.
US District Court Judge William Quarles Jr. ordered Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan -- a benefit run jointly by the NFL and NFL Players Association -- to provide Stewart with permanent disability benefits in a ruling issued on Tuesday. The judgment was made retroactive to August 2008, when Stewart initially put in a claim for disability benefits for leg and hand injuries suffered during his short career.
"I was shocked, to be honest," Stewart told FOXSports.com on Wednesday. "Nobody ever wins these cases."
This is only the second case the pension plan has lost in court. The other was when the estate of Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster won a judgment in 2005, which was upheld later on appeal.
Stewart had already netted a ...