Frequently Asked Questions


2.01. What are the different levels of neurocognitive impairment for which I may receive Settlement benefits?

In addition to ALS, Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease, various levels of neurocognitive impairment are covered by this Settlement (see Injury Definitions).  The level of neurocognitive impairment is established by evidence of a decline in performance in at least two areas subject to clinical evaluative testing, provided one of the areas is executive function, learning and memory, or complex attention and related functional impairment as follows:

Level 1 Moderate cognitive impairment Moderate cognitive decline
Level 1.5 Early Dementia Moderate to severe cognitive decline
Level 2 Moderate Dementia Severe cognitive decline

If neurocognitive impairment is temporary and only occurs with delirium, or as a result of substance abuse or medicinal side effects, it is not covered by the Settlement.

2.02. Must a Retired NFL Football Player be vested under the NFL Retirement Plan to receive Settlement benefits?

No, a Retired NFL Football Player can be a Settlement Class Member and receive benefits regardless of whether he is vested under the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan.

2.03. Does this Settlement affect a Retired NFL Football Player’s participation in NFL or NFLPA-related benefits programs?

No, the Settlement benefits are completely independent of and in addition to any benefits programs that have been created by or between the NFL and the NFL Players Association.  This includes the 88 Plan (Article 58 of the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement) and the Neuro-Cognitive Disability Benefit (Article 65 of the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement).

Note: The Settlement ensures that a Retired NFL Football Player who has signed, or will sign, a release as part of his Neuro-Cognitive Disability Benefit application, will not be denied Settlement benefits.

2.04. Does this Settlement prevent Retired NFL Football Players from bringing workers’ compensation claims?

No, claims for workers’ compensation are not released by this Settlement.

2.05. What types of education programs are supported by the Settlement?

The Settlement provides $10 million in funding to support education programs promoting safety and injury prevention with respect to football players, including safety-related initiatives in youth football, the education of Retired NFL Football Players regarding the NFL’s medical and disability programs and other educational programs and initiatives.  The Court will approve any such programs with input from Co-Lead Class Counsel, Counsel for the NFL Parties and medical experts.  Retired NFL Football Players may actively participate in such initiatives if they desire.  Additional information and developments about these programs will be made available on the Settlement Website.

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