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Former Vol Suing NCAA Over Effects of a Concussion


A former Tennessee football player has added his name to the growing list of former college athletes suing the NCAA over long last effects of concussions they suffered while playing college football.

Orenthal James Owens, better known as O.J. Owens, played defensive back for the Vols from 2000-03. He saw time in a total of 18 games in his four seasons at Tennessee, and he suffered multiple injuries during that span. Owens alleges he suffered a concussion while playing for Tennessee and is now part of a class action lawsuit against the NCAA.

Three other former players from Duke, Ohio State, and Michigan also filed separate lawsuits against the NCAA to form the class action suit.

This suit comes just a month after six lawsuits were filed against the NCAA by former players from the Big Ten, SEC, and Pac-12. The former players are seeking financial relief for their injuries.

In January, a federal judge approved a settlement between former collegiate athletes with head injuries and the NCAA. The settlement, however, did not give financial relief for the plaintiffs. The $70 million given out as part of the lawsuit was to help former athletes monitor brain injuries.

Owens and the other new plaintiffs are seeking monetary retribution for their injuries and are just part of the rapidly expanding list of former collegiate athletes seeking compensation for their ill affects suffered by playing college football.

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