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Matthew Onyshko went from college football player to educator to firefighter to, at age 32, terminally ill neurological patient.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, he and his wife alleged that concussions sustained on the gridiron led to his crippling ailment — and that the NCAA should have tried to prevent the injuries.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a case as sad as his situation,” said Jason Luckasevic, Mr. Onyshko’s attorney, who was also a pioneer in the concussion lawsuits against the NFL. The Onyshkos “have two daughters ages 4 and 1, and Matt is just a complete shadow of himself.

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