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Mike Webster’s family fighting for NFL concussion settlement

Since 2017, the National Football League has paid $714 million for brain damage sustained by 1,023 of its current or former football players as part of a concussion settlement formalized in 2014. Still waiting for recompense, however, is the family of Mike “Iron Mike” Webster, the Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer whose 2002 death first exposed how damaging America’s favorite sport can be to the players who are expected to crash into whatever’s in their way. Webster’s family blames the NFL for their long struggle because the league insisted on only paying players who died after 2006 to settle a lawsuit brought by more than 4,500 players and their families accusing the league of concealing the dangers of concussions. Iron Mi ...