January 26, 2009

Stringer’s widow settles with NFL

The widow of Korey Stringer, the Minnesota Vikings lineman who died of a heat stroke during the 2001 pre-season, has settled her lawsuit against the NFL.

Fox 9 News in Minneapolis reported the settlement means the league will help Kelci Stringer's efforts to establish a heat illness prevention program for athletes of all ages. Other terms of the settlement were not revealed.

Korey Stringer, a 27-year-old 335-pound offensive lineman, died July 31, 2001 after falling ill during the Vikings' training camp in Mankato. His core body temperature was determined to have been 108 degrees.

Since his death, NFL trainers have started checking players' core body temperatures more closely.

Kelci Stringer's $100 million lawsuit against the Vikings' was thrown out because attorneys couldn't prove gross negligence.

Her lawsuit against helmet and shoulder pad maker Riddell remains unsettled, the TV station said.