Quantcast

The human side of NFL concussion issues; Kevin Turner - KTBS.com - Shreveport, LA News, Weather and Sports

The human side of NFL concussion issues; Kevin Turner

Posted: Updated:
Birmingham, AL -

The 765-million dollar settlement between the NFL and former players over medical benefits was tossed aside by a federal judge this week because she who believes it may not be enough.   Keep in mind, the NFL agreed to the settlement because it believed it would save the league a lot of money. The suit started with former players with head problems repeatedly looking for help in seeing a doctor, only to be turned away by the league.

The number of players in the lawsuit which finally got the NFL's attention has grown to more than 4,000, including former Patriot and Eagle Kevin Turner, who played his college ball at Alabama.  Turner firmly believes repeated head trauma has led to his now having ALS.

"I certainly think it played a huge role in my ALS diagnosis," Turner said.  "I know in the 80's and 90's at least, if you got hit in the head and had to come out as soon as you could focus on a pen or follow the doctor's finger and you could get down in a stance and remember a play, you went back in. Back then we called it, ‘Getting' dinged,' or ‘Having your bell rung.'  If people had said every time you got your bell rung, or you got dinged, had said, ‘You just got a concussion,' maybe it would take on a little different meaning.

But then there's also the element of, players want to play. Turner agrees, " Oh yeah and that's the toughest thing, changing that culture."

The sideline culture has certainly changed in football.  Saints fans saw defensive back Keenan Lewis was concussed during the playoff game at Philadelphia, the later he argued to get back in, but the doctors would not allow it.

Turner remembers a game when he was with the Eagles against the Packers where he may have had his most damaging hit.  He still has the helmet with Packers yellow paint scraped on it.

"The first kickoff, I was on the return team, kind of setting the wedge in the middle and I remember that first kickoff," Turner says. "The next thing I really remember, can rewind in my head was me talking to another player on the team asking him if we were in Philly or Green Bay and how we were doing. But the strange thing about that, the kickoff was the first play of the game and I was asking Bubby about it at the end of the first quarter and I had played the whole quarter and had no recollection of it."

Turners goes on to say he played more in that game.  "At that time he went and got a doctor, they held me out, ran some tests.. about 15-20 minutes I go back in.. played the second half and we won and I never thought another things about it.  But it has certainly weighed heavily on my mind since I've learned about all this and think, how much damage did I do that day?"

Sadly, probably quite a bit, but Turner says he probably got concussed at least 50 times while playing football. That settlement included five million dollars for players like Turner, diagnosed with ALS at an early age.. And ranged to just 25-thousand dollars for an 80-year old former player with dementia.  With more than 20-thousand former players needing to be covered, the judge wants all of them covered properly, when they encounter problems that can trace back to their playing days..

 

  • News NowMore>>

  • Caddo Sheriff's officials searching for suspects who robbed restaurant at gunpoint

    Caddo Sheriff's officials searching for suspects who robbed restaurant at gunpoint

    Saturday, July 26 2014 8:27 AM EDT2014-07-26 12:27:40 GMT
    Caddo Parish Sheriff's officials are searching for two men who allegedly robbed a north Shreveport restaurant early Saturday morning.
    Caddo Parish Sheriff's officials are searching for two men who allegedly robbed a north Shreveport restaurant early Saturday morning.
  • Trial date to be set in ex-BP exec's case

    Trial date to be set in ex-BP exec's case

    Saturday, July 26 2014 7:50 AM EDT2014-07-26 11:50:30 GMT
     A judge is getting ready to set a new trial date for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. 
     A judge is getting ready to set a new trial date for a former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. 

  • 2 sisters found dead in East Texas apartment

    2 sisters found dead in East Texas apartment

    Saturday, July 26 2014 7:43 AM EDT2014-07-26 11:43:52 GMT
     Two young sisters have been found dead in their East Texas apartment and an evidence tampering charge was filed against a man who allegedly was at the home.
     Two young sisters have been found dead in their East Texas apartment and an evidence tampering charge was filed against a man who allegedly was at the home.

  • National SportsMore>>

  • Baseball HOF cuts election eligibility to 10 years

    Baseball HOF cuts election eligibility to 10 years

    Saturday, July 26 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-07-26 15:02:59 GMT
    The Baseball Hall of Fame has reduced the number of years a player can remain eligible to be voted in by the writers to 10 years from 15, giving Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens less time to be considered.
    The Baseball Hall of Fame has reduced the number of years a player can remain eligible to be voted in by the writers to 10 years from 15, giving Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens less time to be considered.
  • Kevin Love withdraws from Team USA

    Kevin Love withdraws from Team USA

    Saturday, July 26 2014 10:33 AM EDT2014-07-26 14:33:59 GMT
    By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Basketball Writer A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Kevin Love has withdrawn from this summer's USA Basketball roster because of...
    By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Basketball Writer Kevin Love has withdrawn from this summer's USA Basketball roster because of his uncertain NBA status, leaving the Americans without one of their most...
  • Browns fans flock to see Johnny Football

    Browns fans flock to see Johnny Football

    Saturday, July 26 2014 10:33 AM EDT2014-07-26 14:33:53 GMT
    With No. 2 jerseys ringing the field, Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has begun his quest to win Cleveland's starting job.
    With No. 2 jerseys ringing the field, Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel has begun his quest to win Cleveland's starting job.
  • KTBS 3 InvestigatesMore>>

  • Overton Brooks' Patient's appointment cancellation causes concern

    Overton Brooks' Patient's appointment cancellation causes concern

    Friday, July 11 2014 2:28 PM EDT2014-07-11 18:28:29 GMT
    We've been told by many veterans that they receive quality care at the V.A. hospital in Shreveport. But for some getting an appointment to see their caregivers is the challenge. According to our V.A., they do not have a problem getting patients seen quickly - and the numbers they report echo that conclusion. We’ve uncovered concerns, however, over how their numbers look so good - while patients are still waiting to be seen.“Certainly from my viewpoint here, as a veteran, as a physician, the c...
    We've been told by many veterans that they receive quality care at the V.A. hospital in Shreveport. But for some getting an appointment to see their caregivers is the challenge. According to our V.A., they do not have a problem getting patients seen quickly - and the numbers they report echo that conclusion. We’ve uncovered concerns, however, over how their numbers look so good - while patients are still waiting to be seen.“Certainly from my viewpoint here, as a veteran, as a physician, the c...
  • Overton Brooks Patient says V.A. is lying about access to care

    Overton Brooks Patient says V.A. is lying about access to care

    Friday, July 11 2014 2:14 PM EDT2014-07-11 18:14:50 GMT
    So far we've brought you a whistle blower employee, and then, after two weeks of waiting, you heard the official V.A. response. But it's said that there are three sides to every story.“We're not challenged for access at Overton Brooks, we can provide same day access, that's why we're encouraging same day access, that's why we're encouraging veterans to enroll into our system.” Those are the words from Interim Director at Overton Brooks V.A. Medical Center, Toby Mathew, during the news confere...
    So far we've brought you a whistle blower employee, and then, after two weeks of waiting, you heard the official V.A. response. But it's said that there are three sides to every story.“We're not challenged for access at Overton Brooks, we can provide same day access, that's why we're encouraging same day access, that's why we're encouraging veterans to enroll into our system.” Those are the words from Interim Director at Overton Brooks V.A. Medical Center, Toby Mathew, during the news confere...
  • Shreveport V.A. Whistleblower: "This behavior is built into the foundation."

    Shreveport V.A. Whistleblower: "This behavior is built into the foundation."

    Thursday, July 10 2014 11:18 AM EDT2014-07-10 15:18:48 GMT
    Ever since allegations that veterans died waiting for care came out of phoenix, we've all been asking, why, and how could an organization aimed at helping our servicemen and women foster an atmosphere where this has gone on for so long? 
    Ever since allegations that veterans died waiting for care came out of phoenix, we've all been asking, why, and how could an organization aimed at helping our servicemen and women foster an atmosphere where this has gone on for so long? 
  • NationalMore>>

  • Promises of easier nuclear construction fall short

    Promises of easier nuclear construction fall short

    Saturday, July 26 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-07-26 15:15:15 GMT
    The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money and revive the once promising energy source.
    The U.S. nuclear industry has started building its first new plants in decades using prefabricated Lego-like blocks meant to save time and money and revive the once promising energy source.
  • Widow: Man who died in NYPD custody wasn't violent

    Widow: Man who died in NYPD custody wasn't violent

    Saturday, July 26 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-07-26 15:15:10 GMT
    The widow of a man who died in New York City police custody after apparently being placed in a chokehold says he wasn't violent.
    The widow of a man who died in New York City police custody after apparently being placed in a chokehold says he wasn't violent.
  • California can't say if it's meeting drought goal

    California can't say if it's meeting drought goal

    Saturday, July 26 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-07-26 15:15:08 GMT
    The sprinklers outside the California's state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused "water stations" at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking...
    The sprinklers outside the California's state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused "water stations" at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking shorter...
Section is sponsored by:
  • KTBS 3 News Tips

    Send your news tip or story idea to the KTBS 3 Newsroom.  Enter your email address below to get started.

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thank you for your submission to KTBS 3 News.  A member of our staff may contact you for more information.

Share Your Images
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTBS. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
    Advertising | EEO Public File | KTBS 3 Public File | KPXJ 21 Public File