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DeLamielleure: We Were 'Shaken Up' By League of Denial

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Western New York football fans got their chance to see Frontline's report "League of Denial" Tuesday night, hearing interview after interview that says the NFL knew much more about the dangers of concussion, and delayed action on safety improvements

JOE DELAMIELLEURE"We were shaken up by it," says Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure, who watched the broadcast with his wife.

"My wife is a pediatric nurse, she's pretty tough. After we watched this she stayed up until 1AM, just laying there thinking, whoever thought, 'When you signed with the Buffalo Bills it would turn out like this?' It's sad.

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"They make it so glorious all the time, but (Frontline) make the NFL look bad," says DeLamiellure, who is part of the recently settled lawsuit with the NFL over concussion injuries.

Even before the concussion issue arose, DeLamielleure was an outspoken critic of the NFL and the players' union for their treatment of retirees, especially regarding pension issues for older ex-players.

He says there were risks of breaking legs, shoulders, or your back, but nothing about damage inside your head.

"The fact they denied this stuff over the years, do you know what they put the families through? It's ridiculous," he adds.

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Alan Pergament is Talkin' TV for the Buffalo News. He says those who watch the broadcast may wonder what the NFL was thinking about not sharing with players more about concussions.

"You would think they should have come forward and accepted credible scientific information that playing football, knocking your heads against others' heads, running back onto the field after having a concussion in the same game, can be pretty harmful to your health," says Pergament.

He says the broadcast is a television version of the book the report is based on, but the interviews are compelling.

10/16/2013 6:35AM
DeLamielleure: We Were 'Shaken Up' By League of Denial
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