The NFL has issued a news release confirming it will hold a hearing to hear testimony from former players and their representatives on the issue of concussion in the NFL.
Former quarterback Troy Aikman and former NFL player Mike Webster are scheduled to appear before the NFL Commission on Concussion and Concussion Research and Diagnosis (CCDC) on Thursday, April 29.
They are scheduled in person at the hearing, according to the NFL’s announcement.
Webster will testify by video and audio.
In January, Webster told NFL Network that he was “in disbelief” after watching former New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Eli Manning play in the 2009 AFC Championship Game.
He said Manning and the rest of the team had played through the first two weeks of the season without any symptoms and said the team was playing at its best when it came to their recovery.
Webster said Manning told him he believed the NFL would soon be able to identify and treat concussions and the team needed to do more.
“They’ve got to be honest,” Webster said of the NFL when asked what he believed.
“It’s a very dangerous game, and we need to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to protect the game.
That’s the bottom line.”
In March, Webster tweeted he was considering retiring from the NFL because of concussions, but he didn’t announce his decision until April.
He told Fox Sports Live on March 28 that he felt Manning was an example for other players who played professionally and did not disclose concussions.
The NFL said in a statement that Webster would speak on behalf of the league and that he will be given the opportunity to respond to the issues raised in the hearing.
The hearing will be held at the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, which is known for its expertise in concussion research and treatment.
Webster has a doctorate in neuroscience and psychology from the University at Buffalo and is a former NFL referee and medical advisor.
He has previously served as a consultant to the New York Jets and New England Patriots.