I've got a split bone at the top of my left tibia, stretched ligaments and conditions in both hands that make gripping painful such that I cannot stand to hold anything for more than ~30 seconds in either hand, bone spurs in my lower back, and the worse - a bulging C6 disc in my neck ( think Peyton Manning injury ) that causes nerve spasms, loss of strength, and constant pain in both arms and my neck... all attributed to football.
Like every other player I knew the risks. And like most every other player, I'd do it all over again too.
The lawsuits are money grabs while feigning some hidden agenda that 'kept the risks from them'. Of course, on the flip-side, the rule changes to 'make the game safer', as well as the witch hunt performed on the Saints this season, are nothing more than empty gestures to use against those same lawsuits ( while upping offensive production, knowing full & well that scoring attracts more casual fans, ie. higher revenues ), so I guess they equal each other out in the end - we just get stuck with a crappier product to watch.