Twenty-seven, articulate, loving father of three, the former Eastern Illinois defensive back and team captain battles seizures and the effects of multiple concussions. He's on welfare because his condition keeps him from driving or holding a job. Who knows when that next seizure is coming? When it does, Arrington doesn't remember afterward and typically sleeps for two days, exhausted.
Whether the defendants in Arrington's lawsuit, the NCAA, are guilty or not of what he says is neglect on the concussion issue, legal experts have to know what kind of figure he is going to strike on the witness stand -- if his case ever gets in front of a jury. [It was reported Monday that the NCAA is considering a settlement in the Arrington case.]
The game is under attack not only from the result of those concussions but from the legal community which -- even if Arrington vs. NCAA fails -- is ready to pounce.
"Once a plaintiff sees that model," said attorney Bill Conaty, a former Virginia Tech player and nine-year NFL veteran, "they will literally cut and paste."
The concern goes way beyond rules critics whining about football becoming 'two-hand touch,' it's whether the game as we know it will survive.
"It would be a real misfortune to lose the game of football." Teddy Roosevelt wrote those words 120 years ago. As president, Roosevelt stepped in to reform the game and protect its players. The issues of player safety that almost killed football at the beginning of the last century, have arisen again in this, the second decade of the 21st century.
"This is a Teddy Roosevelt-type of moment maybe for a number of reasons," according to one prominent administrator from a BCS conference.
The former NFL players' ongoing concussion lawsuit against the league includes 4,200 plaintiffs and is miles down the legal road. The current players have their own union looking out for them. Who is representing college players? Multiple sources have told CBSSports.com that the subject is now at the top of NCAA president Mark Emmert's agenda. Bigger than Johnny Manziel and autographs, bigger than the Miami scandal, bigger than Division 4 or griping about a stipend.
Take control of the concussion issue, the stakeholders say. Make our players safe. On that and other issues, according to one source, the NCAA "has completely lost support from people."
"I think the game has to change," Siprut said, "or it will die."
The NCAA doesn't have the same cloud hanging over it so there is no legal grounds to sue.
I really don't hear about concussions in the NCAA unless the media just don't make a big deal about it because they aren't star athletes making big money.
I know the NFL issue involves a lot of former players suing and wanting money, maybe that's another reason why it's blown up in the NFL.
its a shame these players were so dumb to not know the risk of a full contact sport where you are constantly banging your head into something.
Although this is awful, this guy understood without a doubt the risks involved in playing football.