Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ex-Bucs FB Askew awarded $3.4 million in civil suit
TAMPA - Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback B.J. Askew has been awarded $3.4 million in a civil suit in which Askew claimed his career was cut short as a result of injuries sustained in a 2009 car accident, according to Askew's attorney, Tim Prugh. Askew's car was rear-ended as he drove to practice on Oct. 12, 2009, by the driver of a truck who worked for Encon, Inc., a Tampa-based commercial renovation and repair company. Injuries sustained by Askew in the crash forced the Bucs to place Askew on the Non-Football Injured Reserve list for the remainder of the 2009 season. Askew has not played professional football since. The jury granted the award based on loss of potential wages. The judgment is being appealed by the defendant, Encon, Inc., Prugh said.Askew, who still lives in Tampa, came to the Bucs in 2007 as a free-agent. In May 2008, he was given a four-year, $8.6 million contract extension that, at the time, was largest ever given to an NFL fullback.