University of Missouri

Former MU football players file class-action suit against NCAA over head injuries

Updated: 2013-12-05T22:57:44Z

The Kansas City Star

Two former Missouri football players who say they suffered head injuries during games and practices have filed a class-action lawsuit against the NCAA.

Tony VanZant and Sharron Washington filed the suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. They are seeking the creation of a court-appointed fund to provide medical monitoring for all former NCAA football players living in the United States who did not play in the NFL.

VanZant, a running back from Hazelwood Central High in Florissant, Mo., played for Mizzou during 1987-91 after missing the 1986 season following a knee injury suffered in a high school all-star game.

In the suit, he claims to have suffered “repeated traumatic head injuries” as a MU player during practice and games during the 1987 and 1988 seasons. After college, the suit says, VanZant sufered medical problems including headaches, dizziness and depression. He is currently the running-backs coach at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

Washington, a defensive back, played at MU during 1987-91. The suit claims he suffered a hard hit in a game against Baylor in 1990 that caused him to bite through his mouthpiece but returned to the game after one defensive series without a concussion test. The suit says Washington has no recollection of the game after the hit. The suit says Washington also suffered health problems including headaches and depression after his college football career.

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