Warren Moon calls settlement 'a fair deal'

SEATTLE -- Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon, who said he had six concussions in his NFL career, believes the $765 million concussion lawsuit settlement is fair and will go a long way toward helping the former players involved.

"From what the first offer was to where it is now, I think it’s a fair deal," Moon said Thursday at Century Link Field. "The thing that I’m happy about is they are going to take of some of these guys that are really affected by this. They will do the baseline testing and get these guys the help that they need, more so than the money.

"Those guys will spend the money, but what does that do for your health? And the league is going to do the things to try to make sure this doesn’t happen again."

As part of the settlement, the NFL has no admission of liability that the plaintiffs injuries were caused by playing football.

Moon, 56, is now a broadcaster for the Seattle Seahawks. He played six seasons in the Canadian Football League and 17 seasons in the NFL, spending time in Houston, Minnesota, Seattle and Kansas City. He was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection and was voted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

Moon was not part of the lawsuit, but concussions were an issue during his NFL career.

"I had six of them, so I’m just waiting," he said. “I have a little short-term memory loss, but you don’t know if it’s because of that or just the fact that you’re getting older. I know people who’ve never been hit in their life and can’t remember what they did yesterday, so I don’t know.

"That was one of the reasons I was skeptical about getting involved, just because I don’t know if it affected me. It could affect me down the road."

Moon recalls part of what happened when he suffered his final concussion.

"It was 1992 in Pittsburgh," said Moon, who was the quarterback for the Houston Oilers at the time. "There’s about 20 minutes of that game that I still don’t remember. I got really sick and really nauseated and really cold. They wrapped me in all these capes and finally just took me off the field. I didn’t know what the heck was going on."

Moon is in favor of the recent NFL rules changes to try to cut down on concussions, including the rule this season against using the crown of the helmet to hit another player outside the tackle box or more than 3 yards downfield.

"I know it’s been tough on the players to try to adjust to it," Moon said. "They’ve been taught to play the game a certain way, especially at this level. It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks. The players bitch and moan about it, but over the long haul in the next five years it’s probably all for the good."