Scott Ross, 45, was a linebacker at USC who was taken in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL draft by the New Orleans Saints and appeared in four games with the team, according to Nola.com. Ross had filed a lawsuit in the New York Supreme Court in 2012 against the NFL and NFL Properties, claiming that he had “sustained multiple repetitive traumatic impacts and concussions, for which he was never treated by a physician while he played in the NFL.”
Ross claimed that he “suffers from severe memory loss, cognitive dementia, and, on information and belief, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (“CTE”), a condition caused by repetitive sub-concussive and/or concussive blows to the head.”
According to the Daily News, Ross “was well-known for his hard-nosed style of play and continued the once-proud tradition of the No. 35 for linebackers” at USC.