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(NEW YORK) — The National Football League has agreed to pay more than 4,500 retired players and family members who sued over concussions.

Retired NFL players and their family members accused the league of failing to inform players about the link between repeated head trauma and long-term brain injury.

The plantiffs include the family of Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year,  former Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett, quarterback Jim McMahon, and at least 10 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The NFL previously denied any wrongdoing, but has now agreed to pay $765 million to fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research.

The NFL said the settlement, if approved, would help “make the game safer.”

The settlement requires no admission of liability and gives the NFL 17 years to make the payments.

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