Jury awards fullback $3.4 million for career-ending car wreck

B.J. Askew has cashed in for injuries he contends cut his promising NFL career short.

Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports the former fullback for the Buccaneers was awarded $3.4 million in a civil suit for a car accident in 2009.

Askew was rear-ended on Oct. 12, 2009, as he was driving to practice. The Bucs placed him on the non-football injury list with a neck injury. The club released him the next year. Askew signed with the Bucs in May 2008, picking up an $8.6 million, four-year contract, which at the time was the largest contract ever given to a pure fullback.

Per the report, the truck which injured Askew belongs to Encon, Inc., a commercial renovation and repair company in Florida. Askew has not played football since the wreck.

The case is being appealed.

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