You might have heard that retired NFL linebacker Barrett Green has filed a lawsuit against the Washington Redskins, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and former Redskins player Robert Royal for a career-ending injury he claims was caused by a bounty program allegedly run by Williams in 2004.
Green's lawsuit brought to mind a question I've long wondered: Would retired quarterback Brett Favre sue Williams and/or the New Orleans Saints for what the NFL ruled later was an illegal hit during the 2009 NFC North Championship Game? Favre suffered a nasty ankle injury on that hit, applied by defensive end Bobby McCray and defensive tackle Remi Ayodele, and was still dealing with ankle issues when he returned for the 2010 -- his final -- season.
With that said, Favre has consistently downplayed and tried to move on from the bounty story. He said last year that he was "indifferent" to the story and added: "My feeling, and I mean this wholeheartedly, is that I really don't care. What bothers me is we didn't win the game. And they didn't take me out of the game. They came close, but a lot of people have come close."
Frankly, I'm surprised there haven't been more individual lawsuits filed since the bounty story ended. A bounty by definition is an intent to injure. NFL players sign up for a violent work environment, but not one in which they are specifically targeted for injury. Favre, however, has never appeared bothered enough by the issue to pursue one.