TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 04: Former tightend Jimmie Giles #88 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is inducted into the Buccaneers Ring of Honor at halftime of the game against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
According to the Tampa Bay Times, former Buccaneers offensive lineman Arron Sears is now suing the NFL in a concussion-related lawsuit and is reportedly "unable to care for himself" due to a neurological condition stemming from his football career.
Offensive lineman Arron Sears had a promising start to his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, starting in 31 games in his first two seasons with the team. A second round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Tennessee, Sears even earned a spot on the 2007 All-Rookie team.
However, after a promising start to his career Sears was reportedly diagnosed with a neurological condition in June 2009 stemming from the head trauma suffered during his football career and left the game shortly thereafter without playing in another game.
Now at age 27, Sears is suing the NFL in a concussion-related lawsuit, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
"Sears has almost total loss of function, is unable to care for himself and cannot take (care) of his day-to-day activities. Further, Arron Sears has extreme displays of temper and anger with the appurtenant risk of causing harm to himself and others."
To win his case against the NFL, Sears would have to prove that the neurological condition he suffers from stemmed from his time in the NFL and that the potential risks of head trauma were not layed out to him by the Buccaneers and NFL.