DIGNITY AFTER FOOTBALL

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Jan 31 2008

The United States Senated LEADER, Harry Reid, releases statement  honoring Reno resident Brent Boyd for his adcocay for NFL players and testimonies before both Houses..., and in an historic move for retired NFL players, as he honors Boyd, the SENATE LEADER takes our fight for us to the Senate floor

 

Dec 5 2007

Peter Keating ESPN ARTICLE

Keating's article gives insight into Congressional progress, the answers provided by NFL/NFLPA to Congress, and what members of Congress are privately saying.

He mentions DAF in hte article!

Besides feauturing Brent Boyd, there is a side article on Sharon Hawkins, a founder of DAF, about the struggles her and husband Wayne have had simply collecting the promised 88 Plan benefits...which were just a PR move by NFL.

A heavily DAF-influenced article, and very imformative, a must read!

 

Nov 20, 2007

Sharon Hawkins, a founding member of DAf, tells her story of the fight she and husband Wayne have had for decades in trying to get rightful benefits, and dignity, from a disrespectful NFLPA. Her latest fight is simply collecting promised "88 Plan" benefits

Nov 10, 2007

Kyle Turly begins talks with DAf which evolve into Gridiron Greats "Gridiron Guardian Sunday" on Dec 23rd. Kyle Turley is making an amazing gesture, donating AN ENTIRE GAME CHECK to our friends at GGAF, and it is turning into a monumental movement to show the public the problems we face as retired NFL "old-timers"

THANK YOU KYLE TURLEY!!!!!

 

Nov 9, 2007

Former NFLPA employee Valerie Thomas tells DAF her heartbrealing story of cruelty and harsh work environment by bullies at NFLPA

 

Nov. 7, 2007

House Judiciary issues statement to DAF regarding NFL and NFLPA response.

Nov. 4, 2007

NFL fails to meet Congressional deadline for a response; they are still playing games.

Nov. 3, 2007

Launch and Announcement Letter

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Dignity After Football is the organization whose purpose is to help guide and resolve the problems found in the benefits, disabilities, and pension organization of the NFL.
 
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Currently, Congress and the government action agencies are requiring the NFL to comply with resolving the benefits and pensions program that has serious flaws in their process to support disabled and retired players.

THIS PAGE IS INACTIVE AND OUT OF DATE--

FOR CURRENT NEWS GO TO HOME PAGE #3

-AND ARCHIVES ARE ON HOME PAGE #5

BUT WE KEPT THIS PAGE ALIVE AND INVITE YOU TO PERUSE, BECAUSE THE VIDEOS AT BOTTOM ARE PRICELESS..AND THE REST OF NEWS AND COMMENTARY SERVE AS A HISTORY OF OUR STRUGGLE AS NFL RETIREES

 

 

April 29, 2008

(See HOME page for details and letters from Parrish)

COURT ORDERS PARRISH/ADDERLY VS NFLPA/PLAYERS INC CASE TO CONTINUE TO TRIAL TO THE END.

WILL FORCE EXPOSURE OF DOCUMENTS AND PRACTICES

DECISION MEANS DOOM FOR UPSHAW'S REGIME, THE END OF CORRUPT NFLPA PRACTICES

"Retired NFL Players May Sue as Group, Judge Rules" (Update2)
By Karen Gullo

April 29 (Bloomberg News)

 

 

April 26, 2008

Dignity After Football had planned a long hiatus, but so many events  insist we keep open..please bear with us as we re-gear and strengthen our website, you will love the DAF website coming soon

In the time being, we are having technical difficulties posting news on this page--some of you know why finally-

so bear with us, please just scroll down on our front home page---

there are valuable videos and stories below, so please scroll down this page first

the news that is coming out daily will blow you away! Don't be lazy and miss out

Hopefully, we can figure out what they did to this page and get it running back to regular

 

 

April 2008

CONGRESSIONAL REVIEW DUE SOON, HOLD ON TO YOUR HATS!!

GREAT NEWS TO COME AS RESULT OF JUNE'S HOUSE JUDICIARY SUBCOMITTEE HEARING, SEPTEMBER'S SENATE COMMERCE HEARING, AND THE OVER 600 LETTER YOU WROTE TO BRENT BOYD TO PERSONALLY HAND TO CONGRESS AS PART OF BOTH HIS TESTIMONIES - YOUR LETTERS WERE READ AND WE WILL SEE HOW BIG A DIFFERNCE WE MADE TOGETHER

Boyd testifies to Congress, June, 2007

let's see the results, perhaps soon!

April 2008

We have immediate deadlines to submit new disability applications, appeasement too late from Alliance

BUT we have been given NO applications!!!

If you don't submit that non-existent application, they say, exactly on time,..you are screwed for life!!!

This by the same group who, with an army of attornies, could not/ would not answer the United States Congress' questions within WEEKS after their deadline...

THIS from the group who, as the phrase Brent Boyd coined, have been abusing us with "DELAY, DENY, AND HOPE WE DIE!"

INCREASE IN DISABILITY PAYMENTS

Those who alredy receive non-football related disability just had their montly bnefits almost doubled....not good enoug, not the full payments deserved, so don't get complacent.

But, even this small improvement would not have occurred without pressure from all our fronts,, not just one but attacking from every possible angle.

 

/the increase coincidentally came shortly after the chart posted on this website showing that TWO men, Goodell at $11.7 million, and Upshaw at $7 million and growing..2 men made the same amount roughly as the NFL admitted they paid annually to ALL disabled players, $20 mil

We can always count on Bernie Parrish to dig up the numbers, thanks Bernie for your diligence.

 

 

know your enemy!

all our woes have  been carefully and behind cloded doors, cooked up by Doug Ell and Groom Law Group

his tools below, which hypnotize all courts hamstrung by poorly written ERISA laws, he is now facing the US Congress...guys, he's going down

 

the Hypnotist

Doug Ell, Groom Law Group

Ell hides in his lair directly across from the WHITE HOUSE..paid by fees out of OUR OWN RETIREMENT FUND to deny US benefits, to join cases in Supreme Court that take our rights away

/the 1st action of the Boyd plan was to fire Groom Law..most of the other actions recommeneded by Boyd have been implemented (w/o acknowldgent) but not until Groom is fired and long gone can we resume trust

 

 

Pope Upshaw's new office

"We call him Pope- All things flow from Gene" - Sports Illustrated

 

 

 

NEWS - Last Updated December 5 2007

NEW DAF UPDATE

DEC 5 2007

ESPN'S PETER KEATING ARTICLE

ESPN's top investigative reporter Peter Keating releases article with latest updates on Congressional progress, the answers provided by NFL/NFLPA to Congress, what some mebers of Congress are saying for the first time, and what they think the next moves might be.

This article even mentions DIGNITY AFTER FOOTBALL!!!

Besides Brent Boyd, there is a side article on DAf founding member Sharon Hawkins, so this is a heavy-DAF-influenced article, and a must read for the latest update on our Congressional progress.

click here for Peter Keating's ESPN.COM article

Nov 20, 2007

SHARON AND WAYNE HAWKINS

One of DAF's founders Sharon Hawkins writes the story of her and husband Wayne's troubles with NFL through the years, up to the current fight just getting promised "88 Plan"  benefits...when the trumpets sounded and the balloons were released, many were fooled into thinking 88 Plan was a benevelolent gesture by NFL, but it is just a way to get out of simply paying full benefits from the start, another PR move...read Sharon'sheartbreaking story, including the relity of  contemplating GETTING A DIVORCE JUST TO COLLECT THE IMPOSSIBLE TO COLLECT 88 PLAN BENEFITS!!!

CLICK HERE FOR SHARON'S STORY

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Nov. 10, 2007

KYLE TURLEY BEGINS DISCUSSING HIS ENORMOUS GESTURE FOR FORMER PLAYERSWITH DAF

Due to his love for his former college coach, DAF's Ed White, Kyle Turley first began discussions in early November regarding his intention to donate an entire game check and get otehrs involved. After much discussion, This monumental gesture was rightfully moved to our brothers and sisters at Gridiron Greats around Thanksgiving, and eventually became "Gridiron Guardian Sunday", coming Dec 23rd..many players are joining Kyle in his efforts and making a huge public statement

We thank Kyle Turley for what he is doing for us "old-timers", and we at DAF have a special affection and connection with Kyle and are grateful for being involved from the start.

We love you, brother! Thank you!!!

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PARRISH/ADDERLY LAWSUIT VS UPSHAW AND PLAYERS INC CONTINUES!

DECLARATIONS AND DEPOSTIONS ARE FORTHCOMING,

THE "LIGHT OF TRUTH" APPROACHES...

THANK YOU TO BERNIE AND HERB

FROM ALL OF US AT DAF !!!

The Washington Post

From News Services and Staff Reports
Friday, November 16, 2007; Page E10

"COURTS: A U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco approved a request filed by former NFL players Bernie Parrish and Herb Adderley to refile a lawsuit against Players Inc., the marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association. The suit, which alleges that Players Inc. denied millions of dollars in royalties from licensing and marketing opportunities, was thrown out two months ago because Parrish and Adderley had failed to adequately prove their claims.

At the time, the players' attorney, Ron Katz, said they needed documents from Players Inc. to buttress the charges. Once those documents were handed over, the request to refile was made."


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FORMER NFLPA LONGTIME EMPOLYEE ASKS DAF TO EXPOSE NFLPA CRUELTY

READ VALERIE THOMAS' LETTER TO DAF

click here>ValerieThomas' Heartbeaking Story

 

NOV. 7, 2007

DAF RECEIVES MESSAGE THAT HOUSE HAS RECEIVED NLF AND NFLPA DOCUMENTATION AND HOUSE IS REVIEWING THE RESPONSE. ETA ON PUBLIC AVAILABILITY UNKNOWN.

"The Committee has received the responses to our questions, as well as a number of supplemental documents, from the National Football League (NFL) and the NFL Players' Association. Committee counsels are reviewing the documents and have shared them with the Congressional Research Service for use in the study requested by the Committee." - House Judiciary Committee spokeswoman.

DAF REQUESTS CURRENT SUBSCRIBERS OF NEWSLETTER TO CONTACT HOUSE TO FOLLOW-UP ON AVAILABILITY OF DOCUMENTATION.

October 31 , 2007

DAF HAS VIDEO PROOF OF PERJURY IN HOUSE HEARING

DAF will bring you breaking news, relevant discoveries, Congressional updates, and we will never run out of conflicting tidbits out of the mouth of Mr. Upshaw and others...to kick this site off, while we are under construction, is a sample of what's to come...

DAF will hold the NFL/NFLPA accountable and to prove to you, the media, and those on Capitol Hill that they cannot be taken for their word; a GAO audit is a must demand, and anti-trust gifts must be revoked until proven worthy.

Below are 3 quick video clips, a warning by chair Linda Sanchez that penalties for lying to Congress applied, a statement, later repeated, by NFL Senior VP Dennis Curran, saying ALL benefits are paid for by owners only; and then, spitting in the face of congress is Groom Law's Doug Ell saying the total opposite, that only the PLAYERS  pay for retired players benefits. Both cannot be true, someone is lying. Current players are being pit against retired players by being told, mistakenly, that they are paying $82K each per year for us old-timers out of their own pockets.

Not true, but here is Doug Ell telling Congress it is true anyway

The owners AND current players can't both be paying our benefits, but see for yourself, that is what congress was told without batting an eye... .

At bottom of page is great reporting by ESPN catching Mr. Upshaw in a flat out lie. We are not here to personally attack anyone, but when we have precious actions, videos, and articles, and can use their own words to make our point, we will certainly do so.

These are just samples to get our site up and running.

PLEASE SEND IN YOUR OWN EXAMPLES !!!

email us @ donate@dignityafterfootball.org


Congressional Warning to NFL to avoid Perjury,

Committee Chair Linda Sanchez

June 26, 2007

click video play button to begin


NFL Senior VP testifies on funding,

"ALL funding comes from owners"


Doug Ell, Plan counsel, testifies on funding

"ALL funding comes from current players"


Senate Hearing Sept 18th 2007 Closing Remarks

Chairman Dorgan, "It seems to me that something is not connected here...there's plenty of money to provide for the men who built the game..."

Sen.Dorgan's very last remarks of the eharings are to ,again, comment on all the letters and emails you sent to Brent Boyd, to tell you own tories, to humaize our isue....YOUR stories won the day, please keep writing to

bboyd62@aol.com

 


Chop Shop PTI Style discusses support of retired and disabled players and the need for the NFL and NFLPA to fix the problem.. "do the right thing, and give it up and help those who helped build the NFL to what it is today". Watch the video below to learn more. DAF sends thanks Chop Shop PTI and YouTube.

To view this video and story in its entirety, click here >> YouTube.com


UPSHAW TRIES TO WEASEL OUT OF TRUTH

Excerpt from Feb 8 2007

 click - ESPN.com - Fighting for Benefits

by John Barr and Arty Berko

 

"To say that the NFLPA is 'doctor shopping,' we don't have anything to do with it, with the process," Upshaw said.

The facts say otherwise. The retirement board, the ultimate authority on disability cases, is made up of three league and three union representatives.

To say the union has nothing to do with the process is simply untrue.

Upshaw went on to say, "If a doctor determines that a player is entitled to a disability and he meets the standards he gets it."

But in Boyd's case, two doctors, chosen by the retirement board, determined his disability was football-related and his claim was still rejected.

 

 

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