With more research connecting brain injuries to concussions in ex-NFL players, former college players have started to speak up about their health as well.
MPR reports that Joseph Balthazor, who played linebacker for the University of Minnesota from 2009-2012, claims he suffered traumatic head injuries during his collegiate career. The class action lawsuit was filed at the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis on Tuesday. In it, Balthazor states he still experiences dizziness and irritability and will need long-term medical monitoring. Balthazor recorded seven total tackles in his U of M career.
Former Vanderbilt running backs Paul Morgan and Cliff Deese are also included in the lawsuit.
The NFL reached a settlement with more than 4,500 retired players last August, agreeing to cover $765 million worth of medical bills. This lawsuit calls for medical monitoring and testing for ex-players who suffer from head injuries attained during their college careers. The NCAA has yet to respond to the lawsuit.