Dan Marino joined 14 other former NFL players to file suit against the league last week in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. The lawsuit was first reported on Monday by the Los Angeles Times. While this latest lawsuit appears distinct from the proposed $765 million settlement that is still being hashed out after a judge rejected the settlement amount in January, the lawyer representing Marino is one of the lead attorneys in the settlement case.
No specific symptoms are alleged for Marino, selected to nine Pro Bowl games when he played from 1983 to 1999. Boilerplate language is used in Marino’s short-form complaint. One is submitted for each plaintiff.
Marino’s lawsuit seeks medical monitoring and unspecified financial recovery.
Marino is one of the best known stars in NFL history, so the latest suit will certainly draw attention, but it’s not like 40 other Hall of Famers aren’t already suing the league. It alone won’t change the outcome of the settlement substantially, though the addition of 15 more players suing the league can’t have a positive effect on the NFL when it comes to the amount of the final settlement, whenever it happens to be reached.
In the meantime, there are those who see more cynical motives in Marino’s timing.
I wonder if Dan Marino would still be suing the NFL right now if he hadn't lost his CBS "NFL Today" gig a few months ago.
— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) June 2, 2014