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Packer Hall-of-Famer Hornung sues helmet maker Riddell

former Green Bay Packer Paul Hornung waves to the crowd during an NFL football game in Green Bay, Wis. Pro football Hall of Famer and former Heisman Trophy winner Hornung on Thursday, July 7, 2016, sued equipment manufacturer Riddell Inc., saying their football helmets that he wore during his professional career in the 1950 and ‘60s failed to protect him from brain injury. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer, File)

Former Green Bay Packer Paul Hornung waves to the crowd during a game in Green Bay in 2011. Hornung is suing equipment manufacturer Riddell Inc., saying their football helmets that he wore during his professional career in the 1950s and ’60s failed to protect him from brain injuries. (AP File Photo/Mike Roemer)

CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Hornung, a professional football Hall-of-Famer and former Heisman Trophy winner, is suing equipment manufacturer Riddell, saying its helmets failed to protect him from brain injuries.

Attorneys filed the lawsuit on behalf of the 80-year-old Hornung in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago on Thursday. It names Rosemont, Ill.-based Riddell as the defendant.

According to the suit, Hornung suffered multiple concussions as a player and that he has been diagnosed with dementia. It says the neurodegenerative disease has been linked to repetitive head trauma. The suit seeks unspecified damages.

Hornung won the Heisman in 1956 while at Notre Dame. The Green Bay Packers selected him a year later. He was the NFL MVP in 1962 and he played on four championship teams (1961, ’62, ’65 and ’66).

Riddell didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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