Former NFL players talk safety protocol in football

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Updated: 7/14/2014 10:22 pm
TRUCKEE, Calif. ( & KRNV) -- The sixth annual Gene Upshaw Memorial Golf Classic in Truckee is helping raise money for cancer and head trauma-related research.

Raider legends Marcus Allen and Tim Brown are joining more than twenty celebrity guests on the course, some of which include former stars dealing with the consequences of life after football.

Former Oakland and Los Angeles Raider Rod Martin said he sustained multiple concussions during his time in the league. "The safety of the NFL has gone in the right direction."

The retired linebacker expects dementia later in life and has accepted his future. "I hope there is some way they can come up with the idea or see these guys to test us and see that we have memory loss as well."

He is a plaintiff in lawsuits against the NFL for concussion-related injuries. A United States District Judge last month approved an $870-million dollar deal with over four and a half former players.

Martin said this is the right move. "I don’t want to see any other players form the NFL taking their own lives and leaving this earth because they are not happy or because they can’t understand what is going on in their minds."

ESPN NFL analyst Herman Edwards said safety protocol has improved since his playing days. "The information that we have gathered over the years, over decades now has come into fruition. Some guys have been misdiagnosed and you don’t want that to happen."

Edwards said concussions will always be in the NFL, but numbers will drop as the years go on.
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