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August 29, 2013

Ex-Panther: NFL withheld information on concussion risks

Former Panthers offensive lineman Frank Garcia, among the more than 4,500 plaintiffs in the NFL's concussion lawsuit, believes Thursday's $765 million settlement was a good start.

But Garcia believes more needs to be done in terms of baseline testing for high school and college players. And Garcia scoffed at the NFL's refusal to admit any wrongdoing in the settlement.

"This case was settled because the NFL withheld information" about the long-term effects of head injuries, said Garcia, a sports-talk radio host for WFNZ-AM in Charlotte.

"It's more the principle of it. I think it's more of an acknowledgement that there was responsibility and some negligence or they wouldn't be giving this money."

Garcia, 41, who played for three teams during a nine-year career, estimated he would receive about $60,000 from the settlement after taxes.

"I give the NFL credit. A lot of times it's hypocritical what their stances are," Garcia said. "This is the first time you can look and say, 'They're putting their money where their mouth is.'"

Garcia, who coaches his son's Pop Warner team and also is an assistant at Charlotte Catholic, would like to see more preventative measures taken at football's lower levels.

"I've had concussions and learned a lot more about concussions since I retired," said Garcia, who played from 1995-2003. "There is a responsibility the NFL had to inform. ... I think they're doing a lot more, and that's a good thing."

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on August 29, 2013 at 04:41 PM | Permalink


Grow the fu** up Garcia. It was YOUR decision to play football not the NFL. I feel bad for the players who suffered disabilities from football but it was YOUR decision to play. You just need an excuse for money

Posted by: James | Aug 30, 2013 1:58:47 AM

While I agree players should be compensated for medical benefits after retirement, I don't think the NFL hid anything because they didn't know anything either. Nobody did.

Posted by: Greg | Aug 30, 2013 10:22:35 AM

60K will buy that arrogant MoFo a ton of cigars. He is the ABSOLUTELY worst former athlete with access to a microphone. He makes me want to listen to Doris Burke! Enough said.

Posted by: Dennis B | Aug 31, 2013 10:10:04 AM

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