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Dave Duerson Denied Connection Between Concussions, Long-Term Problems Before Death

The family of former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson is suing the NFL for allegedly concealing information regarding a connection between concussions and long-term health problems, but Duerson once took the position that no such connection existed. As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk writes, Duerson had a history of denying that concussions were the cause of his health issues before ultimately committing suicide earlier this month.

In Florio's article, he notes examples of Duerson denying a link between concussions and long-term problems, including a testimony before the Senate Commerce Committee. Former NFL lineman Brent Boyd even told David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune, "Duerson told me my long-term effects were from an act of God, not football, and now his family’s suing claiming something he fought against?"

Duerson's case is unusual compared to other cases because of the claim that his concussions led to the chronic trauma that eventually caused his suicide. This should only make the case more interesting, as we see how the NFL responds to the litigation.

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