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Aug 30, 2013 11:39 PM by Olivia Deas

Local Retired Football Player Joins NFL Lawsuit

Forest Gregg has an impressive resume, three Superbowls as a player and a coach, winning the first two during a fifteen year Hall of Fame career with the Green Bay Packers. 

He started playing football in 1949, at only 13 years old, and his body took a beating. 

" I couldnt even begin to tell you how many head injuries I might have had. Think about playing 15 years, and think about practicing four times a week and all the games. How many times did I get hit in the head? I dont know."

Two years ago, Gregg says he was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease. The doctor says it is a direct result of his head injuries. 

" After I went to see the doctor the first time, he said there's no doubt in his mind what it was." 

And the disease has taken a tremendous toll on his body, and his ability to enjoy the simple things in life. 

" A lot of the things I like to do, I cant do anymore. I love to fly fish, but now I just cant last for very long."

So Gregg joined the other 4500 retired football players suing the NFL over their injuries. Gregg says the settlement money will offer him peace of mind. 

"That's what I'm most concerned about more than anything else, having something for my family."

And even with his complications his injuries have caused, he wouldnt take it back for anything. 

" You cant go back. There's not any way. You dont know, if you knew the end result and if I had known this in 1949, I might have said at least that will be a long time." 

 

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