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Athlete suing TCU for being paralyzed 23 years ago

In a case that could trigger an avalanche of lawsuits by athletes, a former football player paralyzed in a game nearly 23 years ago is suing Texas Christian over his injury.

The crux of the case is whether an athlete is a university employee. The trial could lead to a revolutionary change in college sports, redefining athletes as a work force.If he wins, former running back Kent Waldrep could be entitled to workers' compensation plus reimbursement for medical expenses. Jury selection begins today.

A Waldrep victory also could prompt legal action by athletes who were hurt while playing college sports.