Thousands of pro football players will soon get testing and treatment for brain injuries.
It will be paid for in part by a multi-million dollar settlement reached between players and the NFL.
A federal judge in Philadelphia approved a preliminary settlement reached nearly a year ago.
It's part of a class action lawsuit filed by thousands of former football players against the NFL.
The plaintiffs include more than 4,500 former players. Including former Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett and Super Bowl-winning Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon, who suffers from dementia. The family of Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year have filed suit as well.
The deal marks the beginning of the end of a legal fight by thousands of players.
Retired NFL running back Dorsey Levens had this to say:
"We knew there was going to be some aches and pains and some joints some ligaments that may be damaged, we signed up for that, fine. Not being able to remember any of this? Didn't sign up for that."
There is no cap on the amount of money available, and players will receive compensation for 65 years.
A hearing to assess the fairness of the outcome of the case is scheduled for November.
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