Former NFL player, Doug Beaudoin has revealed today that he believed all teams had bounties and that the hits have impacted on head injuries.
Beaudoin, who has written his thoughts in a series of interviews for Deadspin.com, also claims that he has severe memory loss and CTE, a devastating degenerative disease.
"I think most teams had little bounties for hits and to knock people out of the game, but it's all in the rules. I've knocked people out of games and I've knocked people out. And I've been knocked out. You're gladiators. That's what you're paid to do."
The comments are sure to ignite the debate surrounding the league and it's concussion settlement which is currently being reviewed by a legal professionals.
Former NFL players, under the settlement would be allowed $765 million in damages. Beaudoin claims that although he is currently in employment, football injuries affect him from being able to perform to a top level.
"I have cue cards all over my office reminding me what the hell I'm doing. I used to be able to sell a couple projects at one time. Now I can only sell one project at a time because I can't remember the other project and what exactly I need to know."
Beaudoin also claims he has CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy). The condition is a chronic degenerative disease which is now common among former participants of contact sports such as football.
CTE can include symptoms of dementia and instances of aggression and depression.
Beaudoin is just one in a long line of ex-NFL players who have complained of chronic brain injuries since retirement.
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