Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino has filed a lawsuit against the NFL, alleging the league withheld information from the players when it comes to the effects of brain trauma suffered during football activities, according to a report from the LA Times' Nathan Fenno. Marino joins 14 other former players in this lawsuit, filed in U.S. District in Philadelphia.
There are some 5,000 former NFL players currently involved in lawsuits against the league revolving around concussions. Of those, and including Marino, at least 41 of them are Pro Football Hall of Fame members. The league and the consolidated lawsuit previously had agreed to a $765-million settlement, only to have a judge throw out the settlement in January over concerns that the settlement did not provide enough support for all the former players impacted by concussions.
According to Fenno, Marino's lawsuit does not specically list any symptoms for the nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback. The lawsuit accuses the NFL of "carlessness, negligence, and intentional misconduct" in hiding the effects of concussions. The 15 players are seeking payments for medical treatment and compensation for long-term injuries. They are also asking for medical monitoring as needed.
Marino spent 17 years with the Dolphins after being selected in the first round of the 1983 Draft. When he retired after the 1999 season, he held nearly every passing record in the league, had been a three-time First Team All Pro selection, three-time Second Team All-Pro selection, the 1983 Sporting News NFL Rookie of the Year, 1984 NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year, 1994 NFL Comeback Player of the Year, and 1998 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year. His number 13 is one of three numbers retired by the Dolphins, and he was ranked the 25th NFL player of all time according to the NFL.com ratings in 2009. He has a career passer rating of 86.4, throwing for 61,361 yards on 4,967 completions. He attempted 8,358 passes, giving him a career completion percentage of 59.4-percent. He ended his career with 420 passing touchdowns and 252 interceptions.