Landmark NFL Concussion Settlement Worth Up to $1 Billion

Major deal for 20,000 former pros who suffered head injuries while playing major league football.
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Transcript for Landmark NFL Concussion Settlement Worth Up to $1 Billion
Back here at home, a developing headline at this hour. The landmark NFL settlement, worth up to $1 billion. And we reported extensively here on the dangers of concussions on the field, even for children. These images captured by helmet cams. Well, tonight, a major deal for former pros, including Jim Mcmahon and Bret. Far ever. Some of the game's biggest names accusing the league of hiding the risks of head injuries. ABC's senior national correspondent Jim Avila, back on the story tonight. Reporter: The Numbers are huge. But so are the hits. And the damage they cause. A blow that lasts less than a second, carrying the impact of a sledgehammer. A federal judge today approving a concussion settlement that could cost the NFL $1 billion, paying for testing, treatment and living expenses for any of the 20,000 retired players who suffer from Alzheimer's or dementia now or in the future. Players like Chicago bear quarterback Jim Mcmahon, whose girlfriend now has to program his home address into his car's gps. They knew about it and they didn't tell us. That's just like flat out lying to you. Reporter: And Brett Favre, already forgetful. And hall of fame running back Tony Dorsett, who said he suffers from depression because of hard hits like this one. Here's Tony Dorsett, head down. I'm too smart of a person, I like to think, to make my life. But -- it's crossed my mind. Reporter: Under the agreement, the NFL will not have to disclose what it knew about concussion damage. Critics say that alone is worth the billion dollar price the league is paying. Jim Avila, ABC news, New York.

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