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Former Vols file lawsuit over concussions in college football

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There's been a spotlight on concussions in football over the past few years, but some say the NCAA isn't doing enough to keep college players safe.

Now, there's a new push to change that, and two former University of Tennessee players are leading the charge.

Former Vols Chris Walker and Ben Martin, along with ex-North Carolina State player Dan Ahern, have filed suit against the governing body of Division-I college athletics.

They claim that the NCAA failed to meet its obligations to former players in educating them about the risks of concussion, and, as a result of that neglect, the players claim they are suffering from dramatic consequences.

Walker and Martin were defensive ends for Tennessee from 2007 to 2011.

The two claim they had repeated head trauma from hits during scrimmages, practices and games and now suffer severe headaches.

The lawsuit demands the NCAA fund a medical monitoring program for former football players.

Just last week, the NFL agreed to pay out $765 million in compensation for concussion-related injuries and research for former professional players.

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