"When I first told my wife I was interested (in joining the case), she said, 'You know, we've never sued anyone in our lives.' But the more I thought about it, this is not about trying to win hundreds of millions of dollars," said Rich Miano, a starting defensive back for the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles in the 1980s and 1990s. "It's about education about concussions and head trauma and the education it will bring all the way down to high school and junior varsity and Pop Warner."
Miano said he has short- and long-term memory problems and blames what he figures could have been 10 to 20 concussions during his playing days.
"There were a lot of vicious collisions, and you would have loved to come out of the game and get the tests they have now, (but) everybody was so worried about losing your job," Miano said. "In those days, you don't talk about it, you don't report it, you continue to play, you continue to practice."
Asked what he was told about brain trauma when he was in the NFL, Miano said: "Absolutely zero. I don't remember them ever talking about concussions or any long-term effects or short-term effects or any kind of effects. ... There was no baseline testing. There was no posters put up in the locker room. ... Whatever information they had in those days, they did not want to reveal it to us, and obviously that's part of this whole lawsuit."
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