Calgary native Mark Rypien, a former Super Bowl Most Valuable player, has agreed to join a growing list of NFL players who have agreed to sue the league.
According to the Edmonton Journal, Rypien, and his colleagues are suing the NFL because they are arguing that the league should have informed them more about the dangers of concussions. Approximately 120 players have joined the suit so far.
Rypien, who led the Washington Redskins to a Super Bowl Championship in the 1992 season, is the first Canadian born quarterback to start in the NFL, was also the first player born outside the United States to win the Super Bowl MVP.
In the NFL’s defense, the players should have a difficult lawsuit on their hands. The bottom line is that science has come a long way in the last fifteen years and we have only recently become aware of the severity of the concussion issue. That said, football players know the risks involved when they play this dangerous high impact sport and it is basically common sense that injuries could definitely occur whenever they participate.