Former Green Bay Packers linebacker Dave Robinson, the Pro Football Hall of Fame-elect great who played in the 1960s under Vince Lombardi, has joined many other Hall of Fame players who signed a letter sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that states they are concerned about the “continued denial of the link between repeated head impacts and permanent brain damage.”
In addition to Robinson, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in ceremonies to be held in just a few days in Canton, Ohio, the letter was also signed by other HOF players including Tony Dorsett, Floyd Little, Leroy Kelly and Paul Krause, among others.
The league is being sued by more than 4,000 players who have indicated they suffer from neurological conditions they say are directly related to concussions incurred during their careers. Among those who signed this most recent letter are Dorsett, Kelly, Krause, Lem Barney, Chris Doleman, Mel Renfro, Tommy McDonald, Randy White, Rayfield Wright and Joe DeLamielleure. They are all litigants in the case against the NFL.
But the players who wrote the letter timed their effort, as the Hall of Fame inductions – including that of Robinson – is just around the corner.
A portion of the letter that was obtained earlier this week by the AP, stated:
“Legions of former players suffer short-term memory loss and other neurological issues, and many cannot even remember taking part in some of the NFL’s greatest moments. In the meantime, the NFL publicly touts the ‘benefits’ it provides to former players with brain injuries, while denying these players necessary medical monitoring, long-term care, and security.
“No one wants to see another generation of players suffer this fate. As former players, we refuse to stand by quietly and watch men who unknowingly sacrificed their health and future to the NFL go without the care they desperately need.
“Mr. Goodell, we ask you, as the commissioner of the league, to provide the security and care all former players and their families deserve.”