He says the NCAA did not do enough to protect athletes from concussions.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

WASHINGTON COUNTY (KDKA) — A local man with ALS who lost his lawsuit against the NCAA has had his appeal rejected.

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Matthew Onyshko is a former firefighter who played football at the California University of Pennsylvania. He says the NCAA did not do enough to protect athletes from concussions.

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Onyshko says he developed ALS after suffering brain and spinal cord injuries while playing football at Cal U from 1999-2003.

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A Washington County jury found the NCAA was not negligent and thus not at fault for Onyshko’s ALS. An appeals court did not have an issue with that ruling.