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THIS LIST HAS EVOLVED INTO OUR ONLINE "PETITION".
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EVERYONE IS NOW WELCOMED
OUR PETITION STATEMENT:
A PETITION ASKING FOR DIGNITY TO THE BRICKLAYERS OF TODAY'S NFL-
WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS NOW AVAILABLE TO THE NFL- THANKS TO THE MEN WHO BUILT THIS LEAGUE FROM DIRT AND MUD AND WITH THEIR NOW-BROKEN MINDS AND BODIES; THESE PETITIONERS PROUDLY SUPPORT PRESSURE ON the NFLPA AND ROGER GOODELL TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO REVERSE PAST FALSE DISABILITY CLAIMS DENIALS ; WE DEMAND A MAJOR INCREASE IN THE PENSIONS AND HEALTH CARE OF THE VERY MEN WHO BUILT THIS LEAGUE INTO WHAT IT IS TODAY. WE DON'T ASK RICHES, WE JUST DON'T WANT TO SEE ONE MORE STORY OF A PROUD WARRIOR WHO PLAYED IN THE 1950'S, OR 1960'S OR LATER, FORCED TO BEG OR LIVING OFF CHARITY OR TAXPAYERS WHEN THE NFL HAS PLENTY OF MONEY TO FIX THE PROBLEM.
WE THANK THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS FOR THEIR COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP IN RIGHTING THESE WRONGS, AND THIS PETITION ASKS THAT TOGETHER WE RESTORE DIGNITY TO THE DECADES OF PROUD MEN AND THEIR FAMILIES WHO MADE TODAY'S BILLIONS OF DOLLARS POSSIBLE FOR THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
WE WANT THE NFL TO BE ONE FAMILY, PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE...AS PROMISED.
PLEASE GRANT THESE PROUD WARRIORS THEIR DIGNITY.
to add your name to this important petition, email to
THIS PETITION IS NOT LIMITED TO FORMER PLAYERS ONLY...WIVES, FAMILY, AND LOVED ONES PLEASE EMAIL PERMISSION TO USE YOUR NAME, THAT'S ALL YOU NEED DO
HERE ARE BUT A FEW SAMPLE NAMES,
WE HOPE THAT YOUR NAME IS ADDED TOMORROW, WHY THE EXCUSES?
3 time 1st team All American at UCLA
1984 NFL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
1980'S NFL ALL DECADE TEAM
5 PRO BOWLS
Easley was on a most-certain course to the NFL Hall of Fame, when he became debilitated by a life threatening condition caused by over medications given exclusively to him by Seahawk team doctors. This caused severe kidney disease and prematurely ended Easley's career...after a bitter fight with indisputable evidence known by the public and media, Kenny was forced to agree to a smaller "settlement" rather than receive full benefits. The legal machine and deep pockets of the NFL know no morals.
"He'd be a Hall of Fame player (had he played longer). Maybe he still is. He was that good."
(Bill Walsh speaking of Easley)
Delvin, one the greatest men you will ever meet, has a most extraodrinary story to tell of his battle against this NFL disability board. Read his story here, of the decades- long battle that resulted in DELVIN having to pay the NFL over $100,000 for legal fees, even though his claim was approved!
Delvin's story can be read by clicking here to read one of two letters (>> Letter to Senator Dorgan), it is a "must read"...no matter who you are, you can't read Delvin's story and not walk away angry and outraged
Big Ed White
Ed is a founding member of DAF and is actively recruiting friends and old teammates to join our cause.
Big Ed White is one of the greatest players in NFL history, the crime being he is not yet in the NFL Hall of Fame..voters, correct this!
Big Ed is caught in the fires in San Diego County and has been evacuated from his home. We pray for the safety of Ed, Joann, and his family during these tragic fires.
Dan Fouts (Chargers QB 1973-1987 and NFL Hall of Fame in 1993) believes White deserves induction in the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Fouts cited the length of White’s career, his four Pro Bowl trips and four Super Bowl appearances with Minnesota. “No question about it,” Fouts said. “When he retired, nobody had played in more games (241) as an offensive lineman than Ed White. They don’t have any statistics for offensive linemen other than Pro Bowls and Super Bowls, and those are things Ed has done. He was one of the most feared offensive linemen in the game. You talk to guys like Howie Long and Matt Millen who had to go against Big Ed. They hated it.”
ED WHITE'S STORY COMING HERE SOON!
until Ed returns from the fire, here is a story from San Diego's North County Times
Big Ed and Joann with grandkids on his 60th Birthday..
COL. JACK KELLY
Not from the NFL, even more distinguished...
One of America's greatest combat heroes, Col. Jack Kelly USMC Retired (with his beloved Fighting Irish).
Considered the "Ditka" for returning war heroes, helping raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to fill in where the VA misses, Col. Kelly is nonetheless OUTRAGED at the treatment given disabled NFL players.
here is a pic of Col. Kelly's reunion with one of his own "guns", on" loan" to the fabulous new USMC Museum at Quantico...this enormous popgun (battleship sized), unkown to U.S. intelligence at the time, was captured by Kelly and his men, this picure is the first moment he saw it since Feb 20, 1969.
Col. Kelly, Senator Jay Rockefeller, and Brent Boyd, discussing the plight of former NFL playerss
1st TAMPA BAY BUC EVER SELECTED TO PRO BOWL
STARTED SUPER BOWL XV FOR OAKLAND RAIDERS
A LONG SUFFERING FORMER PLAYER, A VICTIM OF THE DISABILITY BOARD AND AN ADVOCATE FOR DISABLED NFL PLAYERS
DAVE PEAR'S WORDS AND STORY COMING HERE SOON
Dave and Heidi Pear
(Pear photos by Rod Mar/Yahoo Sports)
This looks innocent,,but it is what the NFL relies on. (sorry Dave!) Those of us who need the most help are too tired to fight, we get so angry it effects our health, we don't have the money to take on these billionaires...not as individuals we don't.
BUT, if we finally come together as a group, spread the workload and resources, and most of all use DIGNITY AFTER FOOTBALL to tell ALL OUR STORIES, one after another after anoher..after all, we have hundreds...and if we join forces with Bruce Laird's Fourth and Goal and Gridiron Greats, we can bring justice for the disabled and fairness to those on pensions. We won't rely on any one person, we will rely on our power of numbers, and come at them at waves. The DAF plan is for all of us to speak out, give a little, do a little, go back to sleep, but realize this problem can't wait months to be fixed...guys are suffering horribly today, no more "delay, deny, and hope we die"..let's get his fixed by the Super Bowl and be napping by the Pro Bowl...
WITH DIGNITY !!!
DIGNITY AFTER FOOTBALL
DAVE PEAR IMAGES
these are but a small sample of images, provided by and posted with permission of Heidi and Dave Pear, to show you in the media, you the fans, or you former players hiding on the sidelines, the preposterous and surreal legal opinions that are denying us our obvious rightful benefits...
In the NFL plan;s legal counsel , Groom Lw's minds, the ONLY way these bolts and screws and countless surgeries on Dave Pear must be because "Mother Nature" implanted these screws...his career as a violent and renowned nose-guard could NOT have any connection...
so don't hate the NFL, or Ell or Groom Law, maybe this was Mother Nature who inserted this hardware....
One of the original Oakland Raiders, Wayne Hawkins had a long and successful career in the AFL/NFL. Wayne was the Raiders team rep long before Gene Upshaw took the job. Now residents of Reno, NV, Sharon and Wayne Hawkins have been battling the NFL for decades to try to get ONE ounce of dignity. Wayne suffered from many football injuries, the most debilitating a series of concussions.
Joe and wife Gerri
1st team NFL All-Rookie 1980
-NO PRO BOWLS
-VISTITED NFL HALL OF FAME ONCE
-HOSTED SEVERAL SUPER BOWL PARTIES,
(but never played in one)
-loves football and the heroes who built the NFL,
-will sacrifice all he's got and his health to give you your dignity
-NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT FOR THIS EFFORT
with buddy Jim Main (69) & OL coach Don Riley@UCLA 1979
Brent Boyd #62
Brent Boyd Testifying to House Hearing, June 26, 2007
Brent Boyd Testifying to the Senate, Sept 18, 2007
Son Anders, wife Gina, and Brent Boyd
3 TIME ALL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND
JEFF WITH HILLARY CLINTON
CLEVELAND BROWNS 1970-81
1976 NFL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR
4 CONSECUTIVE PRO BOWLS
NFL PLAYER OF WEEK 11/24/1980
VALERIE THOMAS, FORMER NFLPA EMPLOYEE
THIS STORY OF NFLPA CRUELTY KEEPS GETTING'CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER", LIKE ALICE IN WONDERLAND..BUT WE'RE NOT DREAMING THIS UP, THESE THUGS IN THE NFLPA THINK, LIKE LATER-CONVICTED WAR CRIMINALS, THAT THEIR ACTIONS ARE ABOVE THE LAW AND BEYOND REPROACH. DAF, BELIEVED OUR STRUGGLES WERE CONFINED TO JUST FORMER PLAYERS, BUT GENE UPSHAW AND TROY VINCENT'S THUGOCRACAY, APPARENTLY BY THIS LETTER, APPLIES TO THE CURRENT PLAYERS OWN EMPLOYEES.....
WILL WE FINALLY UNITE TO END THIS MADNESS, COVER THE COURAGEOUS VALERIE THOMAS HER BACK, HELP VALERIE AND THOUSANDS OF FORMER PLAYERS..
THIS WOMAN HAS BEN THROUGH HELL AS AN EMPOLYEE OF nflpa AND CURRENT PLAYERS, i AM SURE THE PLAYERS DON'T KNOW ABOUT HER, THE PLAYERS DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT US OLD-TIMERS, BUT IT'S TIME FOR CURRENT PLAYERS TO "STEP UP"!!!
THIS WOMAN HAS SUFFERED, AND IS A HERO.
NONE OF YOU CAN HELP BY KEEPING QUIET, STAYING ON YOUR BUTT, AND NOT DONATING MONEY TO DAF.
I DON'T THINK ANYONE CAN READ VALERIE THOMAS' STORY WITHOUT SHEDDING TEARS, AND GROWING MORE ANGER TOWARDS THE TOP LEVEL OF THE NFLPA.
THANK YOU VALERIE FOR HAVING THE COURAGE TO COME FORWARD...PERHAPS YOUR BRAVERY WILL INSPIRE OTHERS TO COME FORWARD, INCLUDING FORMER PLAYERS WHO HAVE INEXPLICABLY SO FAR BEEN COMFORTABLE ON THE SIDELINES...
TO ALL CURRENT PLAYERS, WE ARE YOUR LOVING BROTHERS, SISTERS, MOTHERS, UNCLES, FOREFATHERS..
.WE ARE YOUR FAMILY, NOT YOUR ENEMY...PLEASE WORK WITH US, WORK WITH DIGNITY AFTER FOOTBALL
BRING THE FAMILY OF NFL PLAYERS BACK TOGETHER, IT'S BEEN DECADES OF TYRANNY UNDER UPSHAW, NOW VINCENT, AND OTHERS...CLEAN HOUSE, LET'S WORK IN CONCERT TOGETHER AS ONE FAMILY
MR. GOODELL, WELL, YOU KNOW ALL THIS ALREADY, YOUR COMING ACTIONS IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS WILL TELL YOUR POSITION. THOUSANDS ARE COUNTING ON YOUR DECENCY
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS HALL OF FAME
NFL RECORD 282 CONSECUTIVE STARTS!!!!
WE NEED AN ENCYCLOPEDIA SIZE SPACE TO DESCRIBE MARSHALL'S CAREER, ONE OF THE NFL'S GREATEST EVER
WHY THE HELL ISN'T JIM MARSHALL IN THE HALL OF FAME???
TAMPA BAY 1976-1985
He was the last original Buccaneer to retire and the only original Buc Player to be a starter in each of the first 10 Seasons of the Franchise. All NFC Center following the 1979 Season, Steve was a member of an offensive line which allowed only 12 quarterback sacks in 16 games during the 1979 season. Following the 1979 season the Buc Offensive Line was presented with an award in Washington DC as "The Best Offensive Line in the NFL" During Steve's 10 year career the Bucs were in the play-offs following the 1979, 1881 and 1882 Seasons.
Upon Steve's retirement following the 1985 season, long time NFL player and Coach, Bill "Tiger" Johnson said, "Steve is the Best Pass-Blocking Center I have ever coached"
MARVIN COBB WAS A GREAT PLAYER AT USC AND AT CINCINNATIBENGALS. MORE IMPORTANT TO OUR CAUSE, MARVIN WAS AN IMPORTANT COG IN THE NFLPA AT THAT STAGE OF THE LEAGUE'S DEVELOPMENT
RED MARVIN'S STIRY, INCLUDING HOW UPSHAW KICKED HIM OUT OF A PLAYERES REP MEETING FOR THE CRIME OF "SPEAKING THE TRUTH"
THE UPSHAW THUGOCRACY IN ACTION
THERE IS MORE SUBSTATIVE INFO IN MARV'S LETTER, PLEAsE READ
(coming very soon)
Marv vs Lynn
JON ARNETT - THE LEGEND!
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