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Richard Dent plans to join concussion lawsuit

Hall Fame defensive end Richard Dent said concussions he ­suffered have been “an issue for me for many years.” |

Hall of Fame defensive end Richard Dent said the concussions he ­suffered have been “an issue for me for many years.” | Sun-Times

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Updated: September 6, 2012 6:18AM



Former Bears defensive end Richard Dent hasn’t done so officially, but the Hall of Famer told the Sun-Times he’s planning to join one of the concussion lawsuits against the NFL.

“I think it’d be nice if all the players could go up under one and represent all the players,” Dent said recently. “Obviously, everybody wants to make some money off that, just like everybody wants to make money off our Super Bowl team.

“Everybody wants their little piece of the pie. But I just haven’t figured out what.”

Dent said there are a host of other issues beyond concussions that have wracked the bodies of former NFL players. But one concern he has is the lack of disclosure from team medical personnel.

“You look at your report, and you don’t see certain information, like meds that were given to you,” he said. “But you remember. Teams pass out [meds] and pass beer out, too.

“That’s why guys are all [expletive] up inside, why they’re diabetic, why their bodies are blowing up, because you’re used to doing these things.”

Dent added that team doctors “only share with you what they want to.”

Dent also is troubled by the deaths of former players being overlooked relative to other sports and businesses.

“Football seems to be the only business that, when people die, it’s like in practice, ‘Let’s move on,’ ” Dent said. “It doesn’t happen in any other industry. Those things shut down. What’s the problem?”

Dent had his share of concussions — although he didn’t pinpoint a specific number — and they’ve been an “issue for me for many years.”

He has other health challenges too: an ailing back, ankle, shoulder and knees.

“[Expletive] everything. It’s a [expletive] to get out here and walk,” Dent said from a golf course. “I can do it for a little bit, but I can’t sustain it.”

Dent acknowledged that injuries are a part of the game.

“But the point of it is, there are other men before me that made the game what it is today,” he said. “In anything in life, you have to make it better for the next person.

“What are you doing to make a difference? I ain’t just trying to get rich. I’m trying to make a difference.”



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