Five S.C. natives join NFL suit

Sports--USC's senior Langston Moore (57), of James Island High School, at USC Media Day at Williams Brice Stadium on August 8, 2002. --Yalonda M. James/Staff ¬ ¬ Published Caption 10/30/05: Former Gamecocks' star Langston Moore.


COLUMBIA — Former James Island High School football star Langston Moore is among five former NFL players from South Carolina joining a lawsuit alleging the NFL concealed information linking football-related head injuries to permanent neurological problems.

Moore was a defensive lineman for the South Carolina Gamecocks from 1999-2002. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He spent six seasons in the NFL, also playing for the Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions. He is on the 2012 roster for the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League.

Also joining the lawsuit are Stephen Davis (Spartanburg), Corey Miller (Pageland), Henry Taylor (Barnwell) and Travis Williams (Columbia.)

Miller, who also played at USC, spent nine seasons in the NFL with the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings. Taylor, also a former Gamecock, played in a total of nine games with four different NFL teams from 1998-2001.

Davis, who played at Auburn, was a three-time Pro Bowl running back who played for the Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams from 1996-2006. Williams, who also played at Auburn, spent one season in the NFL (2007) with the Atlanta Falcons.

Documents to get the five and Davis’ wife DeeDee as part of the class-action suit were filed July 5 in U.S. District Court in Columbia. Plaintiffs lawyers say the master complaint involves thousands of retired players.