Publicity from a fight over state law prompts players across the country to file more than 1,000 injury claims before a September deadline; that could cost top pro sports leagues hundreds of millions.
Former athletes have filed more than 4,400 claims in California since 2006; pro leagues hope workers' comp legislation will stop flood.
The Hall of Famer was later diagnosed with signs of brain disease
SACRAMENTO ? Months of heavy lobbying by the National Football League and other professional sports team owners paid off when lawmakers gave final passage to a bill to limit most workers' compensation claims by out-of-state professional athletes.