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Former Texas Star Limas Sweed Suing NCAA

Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed runs after a catch for a touchdown against Rice.

AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 22: Wide receiver Limas Sweed #4 of the Texas Longhorns catches a wide-open pass to run for a touchdown against the Rice Owls in the second quarter on September 22, 2007 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas leads 54-7 in the third quarter. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

During his time at Texas, wide receiver Limas Sweed was a hugely impactful player. He was a key member of the 2005 National Championship team, and parlayed a strong senior season into being a second round draft pick.

According to a new lawsuit, Sweed also claims that he suffered "numerous concussions," which he played through. He believes these injuries have contributed to a number of issues he experiences, including depression and memory loss.

Sweed is going after the NCAA in the suit, for a lack of protection of players at its member schools. From TMZ:

In his suit, Sweed says ... "While playing at Texas, [Sweed] suffered from numerous concussions, as well as countless sub-concussive hits as part of routine practice and gameplay."

Sweed says when he took a large blow to the head, he would be sent back into the game (or practice) after an "inadequate amount of time."

As a result of repeated damage he took, Sweed now claims he suffers from depression, headaches, memory loss, mood swings, emotional instability, motor impairment and more.

Limas Sweed is looking for over $5 million in the lawsuit against the NCAA.

Sweed put up 1,915 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns during four years in Austin. That included an impressive 801 yard, 12 touchdown junior season in 2006. His Texas career was cut short the following season due to a wrist injury suffered in the game vs. Oklahoma.

Sweed was the No. 53 pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2008 NFL Draft. He was a member of the Super Bowl XLIII championship team, but ultimately, had a very brief pro career.

A torn Achilles tendon wound up derailing his career in 2010, and he was out of the league in 2011. He finished with seven career catches for 69 yards.