The widow of Minnesota Vikings lineman Korey Stringer has reached a settlement with the National Football League over his heatstroke death during training camp in 2001. Under an agreement with Kelci Stringer, the NFL will support her efforts to create a heat illness prevention program. No other terms of the settlement have been announced. Kelci Stringer had filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the league, claiming the NFL hadn’t done enough to ensure that equipment used by players protected them from injuries or deaths caused by heat-related illnesses. According to an NFL spokesman, the heat illness prevention program will be for children and older athletes.
A separate lawsuit against equipment maker Riddell Inc. is still pending in federal court in Columbus, Ohio. It was alleged in the lawsuit that Riddell fails to warn players and coaches that wearing its helmets and shoulder pads in hot temperatures can be dangerous. Korey Stringer, 27-year-old, 335-pound lineman, died from heatstroke on July 31, 2001, during the second day of pre-season training camp. He practiced in the extreme heat and humidity, which pushed his body temperature to 108.8 degrees. Both Stringer and his wife attended college at Ohio State. Stringer left for the NFL in 1995 after his junior season.
Source: Associated Press
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