Archie Griffin’s brother suing Big Ten, NCAA over concussions

Ray Griffin, the brother of legendary Ohio State running back Archie Griffin, the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner in college football history, has joined forces with three other former players to file lawsuits against the Big Ten and the NCAA.

The lawsuit alleges both the Big Ten and Ohio State University failed to protect student-athletes, according to the Columbus Dispatch and The Lantern.

The lawsuit specifically mentions “between 1974 and 1977, (Griffin) was subjected to repeated head impacts and (traumatic brain injury) in practices and games, and suffered numerous concussions each year as a result. Over time, Griffin began to experience the consequences of these concussions. He began to struggle with severe depression, anxiety, short term memory loss, impulse problems, anger issues, and other debilitating problems.”

The lawsuit also alleges that up until 2010 that NCAA and the Big Ten failed to enforce concussion protocol, while Ohio State also “completely ignored” any guidelines.

Ohio State is not labeled as a defendant in the suit.

The other former players involved in the lawsuit, who have not been specifically named, played their college football at Duke, Michigan and Tennessee.

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