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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Tuesday a trio of National Football League veterans are getting together in the Kansas City metro to tackle the issue of concussions in football head-on.

A former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, general manager and the man Sports Illustrated once dubbed "Pro Football's Dirtiest Player" are discussing concussions Tuesday at the Kansas City Public Library.

The men are talking about safety and health issues that professional football players face on the field during the event called Big Hits, Lasting Hurts.

Former Chiefs quarterback Trent Green will speak about his 15 years in the NFL. Former Chiefs President and General Manager Carl Peterson will talk about his long history with the league from 1989 to 2008. Three-time Pro Bowl offensive guard Conrad Dobler will talk about life after the league.

"I was dinged a few times. I saw stars many a times. Did we diagnosis it as a concussion? No. You've probably heard it, 'he's got a little stinger, he's got a ding, his bell's rung' and things of that nature. It was never said that he had a concussion. If someone had a concussion, you had to be in a gurney with your head taped to the top to go to the hospital," Dobler said.

Dobler has undergone 30 knee operations to correct injuries from his playing years.

"Any industry that makes money off their employees and actually makes money off the carnage they cause to their employee's bodies certainly should be responsible for that carnage and the injuries that they cause their employees. The NFL has somewhat exonerated themselves from that," he said.

The Kansas City Public Library is holding the discussion at the Plaza Branch, located at 4801 Main St. at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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