Hall of Fame running back Eric Dickerson filed a lawsuit along with 15 retired NFL players against the league in Houston on Monday, alleging the NFL insufficiently responded to the long-term effects of head trauma, according to Paul Anderson, an attorney who follows concussion litigation at his website, NFLConcussionLitigation.com.
Dickerson, the single-season rushing leader with 2,105 yards in 1984, is the highest-profile player known to have brought suit against the league over concussions.
The players allege in the suit that they have suffered from migraine headaches, sleeping problems, and hearing and memory loss.
Former Pro Bowl running back Hoyle Granger, 68, is also part of the suit. The estates of deceased players David Lunceford and Ernie Stautner, a Hall of Famer, were also named in the suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
It's the 80th concussion-related suit to be filed against the league, according to Anderson.
From 1983 to 1993, Dickerson played for the Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Raiders and Atlanta Falcons. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999, having gained 13,259 yards and scored 90 touchdowns on 2,996 carries.