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Stanley Herring, chairman of the Subcommittee on Education and Advocacy, Head, Neck and Spine Committee of the NFL holds up a Centers for Disease Control poster about concussions while testifying before the House Education and Labor Committee in 2010 in Washington, DC. Herring testified about the NFL's work to reduce, identify and treat concussions and subconcussive injuries. (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

Stanley Herring, chairman of the Subcommittee on Education and Advocacy, Head, Neck and Spine Committee of the NFL holds up a Centers for Disease Control poster about concussions while testifying before the House Education and Labor Committee in 2010 in Washington, DC. Herring testified about the NFL’s work to reduce, identify and treat concussions and subconcussive injuries. (Getty/Chip Somodevilla)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A Missouri man is tracking the concussion lawsuits filed against the National Football League by retired players.

Fort Leonard Wood native Paul Anderson built a website where football fans and media can keep track of the latest happenings.

As a University of Missouri-Kansas City law school graduate and Missouri bar exam candidate, he also offers perspective.

Anderson says the former players face an uphill battle, “They’re going to have to overcome the NFL’s first argument that these lawsuits don’t even belong in court, and that this is fundamentally a labor dispute.”

He says the plaintiffs will also have to find a way to argue against the “cumulative” effect between football and concussions, “Who’s to say all this damage occurred in the NFL? A lot of the guys played in college, high school, and were probably banging heads at the pee-wee and middle school levels, too.”

Former St. Louis Cardinals football player Roger Finnie and ex-St. Louis Rams Eddie Kennison and Mark Rypien are plaintiffs in concussion-related suits against the NFL.

To check out Paul Anderson’s website, click here.

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