Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler joins class-action lawsuit vs. NFL

CREATED Jun 7, 2012 - UPDATED: Jun 7, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - He's the player known for creating the "Lambeau Leap."

But former Packers safety LeRoy Butler says he's still feeling the effects of all those nasty collisions on the football field.

At 43-years-old, he suffers from terrible migraine headaches.

"That's my biggest thing," he said.  "Not having the ability to sleep a comfortable 8 hours. Waking up with excruciating pain."

Butler is one of more than 2,000 former football players who filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday against the NFL.

The suit claims the league hid information linking football injuries to long-term brain damage.  

Butler says safeties are in particular danger since they often face nasty hits with receivers.  "I think that a lot of players had they known that maybe they would not have gone back into the game or maybe they would sit out more games."

The widow of former Atlanta Falcon Ray Easterling says policy changes are needed.  "I would like to see the NFL provide testing for players that are showing symptoms of dementia, Alzheimer's and ALS," said Mary Ann Easterling.

Butler insists this lawsuit is not about money.  "It's the health care.  It's not to get money to make yourself rich."

And he also hopes this suit reminds parents to make sure their child is well protected, before they hit the gridiron:  "You're asking to go into a sport that's very violent."

In response to the lawsuit, the NFL released a statement saying they have "long made player safety a priority, and continue to do so."