Gale Sayers Drops NFL Lawsuit
Gale Sayers, the former Chicago Bears great, has asked that a lawsuit filed in his name against the NFL be withdraw. The lawsuit was alleging negligence in the treatment of Sayers’ multiple head injuries sustained during his career.
Sayers told the Chicago Tribune that he had not consented to the lawsuit. According to Sayers’ wife, Ardie, attorney John F. Winters had phoned them to say that the matter was “a big misunderstanding” and that the suit will be dropped.
Winters told the paper that Sayers decided to withdraw the suit after requesting that it be filed last Tuesday.
Sayers on the other hand claims that he spoke to Winters at the request of former Bears safety Shaun Gayle, but he did not agree to sue the league.
Sayers said, “I didn’t sign anything. … I talked to the attorney, but there wasn’t nothing to it. … I had about one half of a concussion in all of the years that I played.”
Sayers played for seven seasons in the NFL before his career was ended by multiple knee injuries in 1971. He is one of only three NFL players to score six touchdowns in one game.