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Dan Marino Joins Concussion Lawsuit Against NFL

The Hall of Fame quarterback joined 4,800 other retired players in a lawsuit claiming the NFL misled them about the long-term effects of concussion

Legendary quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino has joined 4,800 former football players in a concussion-related lawsuit against the NFL.

The former Miami Dolphin was one of 15 former players who added their names to the longstanding federal lawsuit, filing in a Pennsylvania court May 28. The lawsuit claims the NFL is guilty of “carelessness, negligence, intentional misconduct,” and of misleading athletes about the long-term damage associated with concussions, according to documents obtained by USA TODAY.

In August, the NFL and plaintiffs signed off on a $765 million settlement. While TIME’s Sean Gregory argued that the settlement was the safest bet for retired players, even though no amount of money could lessen the damage of the injuries, a federal judge rejected the deal in January for fear that it wouldn’t be enough to cover all of the retired players, as there are approximately 20,000 living former NFL players.

The lawsuit doesn’t contain information regarding Marino’s health, however he does not have a documented history of serious concussions.


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