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5 SC natives join concussion lawsuit against NFL

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WIS) - Stephen Davis and Corey Miller are among five former NFL players from South Carolina joining a lawsuit alleging the NFL concealed information linking football-related head injuries to permanent neurological problems.

Davis, from Spartanburg, was a 3-time Pro Bowl running back who played for Washington, Carolina and St. Louis from 1996-2006. Miller is from Pageland and spent nine seasons in the NFL with the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings.

Davis describes a typical week in the league.

"Sunday afternoon, game over with not being able to walk to the car, Monday morning, Tuesday morning not being able to get out of bed," Davis said.

Davis said he had so many concussions that he lost count. Those injuries still haunt him 6 years later.

"Having a conversation with my wife, my kids, what were we talking about, to ask them 5 minutes later, 'What did we talk about just now?'" Davis said.

Davis believe the NFL is taking steps in the right direction.

"They need to get every retired guy that ever played in the NFL that is still alive and understand what they went through as a player," Davis said.

The ex-running back hopes the league will make more changes so he doesn't have to explain the grueling pain to his 14-year-old son.

"If you want to play football, not saying that it's going to happen to you, you need to understand these are the things that can happen to you," Davis said.

Others joining the lawsuit are ex-NFL players Henry Taylor from Barnell, Travis Williams from Columbia and Langston Moore from Charleston.

Documents to get the five and Davis' wife DeeDee as part of the class-action suit were filed July 5 in U.S. District Court in Columbia. Plaintiffs lawyers say the master complaint involves thousands of retired players.

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