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Mixed reaction to NFL's concussion settlement

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The NFL reached into its deep, deep pockets this week to settle a class-action lawsuit by former players and families.

The news hit everyone differently, including Lisa McHale, the widow of former Buccaneer Tom McHale.

"I think it's a great thing for the players, great day for retired players, and certainly those that have been affected by this issue," said McHale.

She's among the 4,500 who sued, claiming the NFL never told players about the dangers of concussions and the brain disease they cause.

Her husband died of a drug overdose, but doctors who studied his brain say he suffered from a debilitating brain disease caused by concussions.

"I'm very gratified that for people suffering out there now from this disease that they understand there is a neurological reason for it," McHale continued.

The NFL agreed to pay $765 million without having to admit any responsibility for their injuries.

On his radio show Friday, former Buccaneer Ian Beckles says the NFL took the easy way out.

"It's almost like the NFL did this all by themselves: 'Here is a bunch of money; I don't want to hear from anybody anymore.' It's all over and they kind of wiped their hands clean. It's a lot of money but to me it's not enough," said Beckles.

And it may not be enough. But McHale feels the bigger payoff is the NFL finally admitting what they denied for so many years.

"It's extremely gratifying to know today we acknowledge that there is a disease, there is a problem, and there's going to be support for these families because they're going to desperately need it," she added.

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