2 former UT football players join NCAA lawsuit over concussions

2 former UT football players join NCAA lawsuit over concussions

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Three former college football players, including two former Tennessee players, are suing the NCAA. The players claim the NCAA failed to educate them about the risks of concussions.

The lawsuit also claims the NCAA did not do enough to prevent, diagnose and treat brain injuries.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Chris Walker and Ben Martin, who played for Tennessee from 2007-2011.

Dan Ahern, who played for North Carolina State from 1972-76 is also part of the lawsuit.

The NCAA is accused of failing to meet its obligation to former players and through that neglect the players are "suffering the dramatic consequences."

The lawsuit seeks a court-supervised fund to provide a medical monitoring program for former football players.

The NCAA has not yet commented on the lawsuit.

The lawsuit says former Vols Walker and Martin, both defensive ends, suffered lightheadedness and nausea after colliding with another player during practices and games.

The former players say they have experienced frequent severe headaches since leaving football and fears he is at increased risk of latent brain injuries.

Ahern, a former offensive guard, reports similar experiences, including one impact during a game against Penn State that required him to be flown to a hospital.

Washington, D.C. attorney Michael Hausfeld filed the class-action lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Chattanooga. He is joined by Knoxville attorney Gordon Ball.

Hausfeld is also the lead attorney in a case seeking damages from the NCAA for using athletes' images and likenesses.

A similar lawsuit was filed in 2011 in Illinois. In that case attorneys have asked a judge to make it a class-action suit.

The NFL reached a $765 million settlement with players in a similar class-action suit late last month.

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