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Former Eagle Bill Bergey Delighted NFL Is Settling Concussion Lawsuit

(Former NFL player Brent Boyd, sitting next to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, left, rubs his head during a 2009 hearing of the House Judiciary Committee about football brain injuries.  Credit: Chip Somodevilla/ Getty Images)

(Former NFL player Brent Boyd, sitting next to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, left, rubs his head during a 2009 hearing of the House Judiciary Committee about football brain injuries. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/ Getty Images)

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By Paul Kurtz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One former Philadelphia Eagle who was part of the lawsuit indicates he is delighted that the National Football League has decided to settle a players’ lawsuit over medical problems they say are related to on-field concussions (see related story).

Bill Bergey, who took his share of hits as an All-Pro linebacker during a sterling 12-year NFL career with the Eagles and the Bengals, says that at age 68 he has felt no lingering effects.

Still, he says, he got involved in the players’ lawsuit as a matter of principle.

“It’s not about the money with me, but it’s about these poor people who have had so much trouble with the concussions, with the dementia,” Bergey told KYW Newsradio today.

And he can rattle off a list of players he’s known who wound up dying prematurely, including Greg Cook, former Eagle Andre Waters, and Mike Webster.

“I don’t care about the money, but there are so many players out there that really do need the help,” Bergey says, “and I think this is an unbelievably great thing that’s happening.”

Bergey also believes that if a judge had ruled in favor of the players, it would have cost the NFL more than $1 billion.

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