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Survey Scope: 17 Questions. 223 responses

Survey Launched: 1/27/2009 8:23 PM
Survey Closed: 2/8/2009 11:45 PM

 

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     Joe Kapp, a very serious "new" leader for our cause, as is Jim Marshall                                   Ben Lynch (4th in poll voting)

 

                                           

                                       

                     Bob Stein today, and as a player (#66)                                                      Roman Gabriel, our new hero!

 

 

 

 

Survey Question # 1

Survey Question # 2

Before we begin, some unfinished business...I promised Roman Gabriel and all the others who took time to write valuable questions/comments for Goodell to read after Newport meeting...here is your chance, and everybody else whether you wrote or not; to tell Mr. goodell what you think of his arrogant snub. He had no answers, was unprepared, did not know how many years you needed to be vested- yet he did not need to read comments from legends like Roman gabriel. If you were at the meeting, close it out by saying what you wanted to say but couldn't?

1
he is a butt boy of the owners.
2
How many of the Original Player Reps are involved in the Movement today and what are their names?

Bob Grant
3
Let us get on the same page as the players are today--Why not?
4
Mr Godell appeared to show a new attitude by holding these meetings. I wasn't there, but the reports are overwhelmingly negative. the BEST anyone has said is "at least he showed up". That won't pay my bills..but it WILL buy Goodell time in the media and congress

he is a fake smiling PR genius, raised by Tagliubue- and no differnet than tagliabue

Congress needs to haul his ass in front of them and ream him with real questions- forget the smiling"sincere nice guy" act
5
goodell gives g bush someone to laugh at..he has the balls to ignore retired players' opinions?
6
NFL FRANCHISES ARE NOW WORTH ABOUT A BILLION DOLLARS BECAUSE OF THE EFFORT OF RETIRED PLAYERS...GET READY FOR A BILLION DOLLAR LAWSUIT FOR NEGLECTING THESE PLAYERS
7
If you are not vested, you should not have a say or be able to participate in present day issues. There is a conflict of interest and collusion against vested players can occur. Vested players should not have to had signed a GLA. Non-vested players should not have benefited. There are many non-vested and pro-Gene Upshaw players on the list. Proceed with an independent audit of the NFLPA now!
8
1.Surely those very few of us who draw less than a thousand a month for 7 yrs of play could get an amendmend of some sort to up our compensation. 2. Surely those of us who were denied disability pay following surgery, but are now infirm
because of the continuing decline in health and mobility due to the passing years could be awarded disability income of some sort. Dr. Charlie Hennigan - Houston Oilers 1960-66
9
BAH HUMBUG MR. COMMISIONER!! I GAVE 14 SURGERIES, A STROKE AND CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE TO THE GAME, BUT LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!
10
If only the American public knew how you treated the players that founded the NFLPA. You are playing the waiting game. Everyday, one of us dies. That is one less problem for you. WE need representation in the NFLPA.
11
It appears Mr. Goodell cares less about the game and the foundation from which it was built, the retired veterans. Our voices need to be heard in front of Congress as any other labor issue. The game needs to take care of its past.
12
All of the focus has been on securing additional benefits for former players that are in dire need. I’d like someone to take a look at the list of people that have been declared “totally disabled” and are receiving significant payments from the NFLPA to understand exactly what was there level of disability. From what I know the process was and possibly still is arbitrary. Under the old leadership if were a fried of Gene Upshaw you had a much better chance to be approved. Not exactly the criteria that should be applied to determine disability. My point is this. If we can show that numerous players have been granted undeserved benefits it might make it easier to secure aid for those that are truly in need.
13
With the NFL generating by far the most income of any professional sport, as well as being the most violent of all professional sports, why is the retirement plan the worst?
14
I dont think that it is true that he cannot negotiate for us regarding our pension. He does not have to negotiate with anyone to supplement the current pension with one of his own backed by the NFL owners.
Also I am a filmmaker in Los Angeles with a decade of experience. I can get Oscar quality directors and cinematographers involved in a Feature Length Documentary
telling this terrible story to expose the NFL to the public in a very emotional and painful way.If anyone wants to team up and help me find sponsors...I have a team that can execute and distribute a film like this.
15
Dear Mr. Goodell,
You surely must be high up the ladder of importance, that the lives of those who have sacrificed so much, do not deserve even so much as the opportunity to express their own valid concerns. Just exactly what have you accomplished in your life and sacrificed, that justifies your actions? What gives you the right to be a little tin god? You should be grateful to those who have made the sacrifices that formed the foundation of the league that now pays your way! Stop grinding on the faces of those you should LISTEN TO and HEAR FIRST OF ALL and realize that they have justifiable and very serious concerns.
16
It is a disgrace the Mr. Goodell doesn't show even consideration for the concerns of us NFL retirees. I am only one of many that enjoyed the rare opportunity of playing in the NFL but had unfortunate accident of injured and thus, ending my career far short of where it should have been. I only had one vested season but am certain as a punter/placekicker I would have lasted twelve to fifteen years. Since I didn't put in the required four vested seasons at that time I don't have much hope in anything coming my way in all this with regards to pension. Also, since I didn't pursue disability with the NFL at the time for fear of being blackballed, I have received no benefits from the NFL, disability or otherwise. I firmly believe those that who have suffered like myself with a lifetime injury as a result of our job ought to get permanent compensation. It has been a life adjustment for me and I've done alright. Other's have suffered far more than me. It is sad to give your all for a job, get injured doing so in a way that affects the quality of the rest of your life and not be protected by those you sacrificed so dearly for. I hope something comes from these efforts so that those of us that have suffered will eventually be compensated for what gave our all for and were injured in the process. Yes, the vesting limits are now three years and I have just one but everyone who was injured and has permanent disability ought to be compensated permanently as well.
I hope Mr. Goodell finds the strength to see the right thing to do here and puts forth the effort for those that gave there all for a job but ended up suffering for the rest of their lives as a result of an ufortunate accident.
Sincerely, Brian Sullivan
17
retired players will use all the fan goodwill that we can muster to force the nfl to let us guide our own futures.
18
at my age all I want is a better pension and more help with my health plan costs

19
I thought the whole purpose of this meeting was a "fact finding mission". Why would you refuse to read the questions handed to you by Brent Boyd? Questions written by those who were unable to attend due to lack of funds or medical reasons.

What was your real intension at this meeting? Why didn't you take control and tell those who where talking over others that they would have their chance to speak?

What would you like to see happen with the retired players?
20
it took me FOUR YEARS to get vested- maybe you should read MORE, Mr. 8%
21
Why didn't you answer Hugh McElhenny's letter.
22
Based on revenue per capita and the extraordinary profit margins of NFL Teams, the NFL Players (and retired players) have the worst benefits package (pension, medical, disabiltiy, etc.) in all professional sports. The owners must take a good look (evaluation and analysis) and present a fair and reasonable (increased) package in an effort to do the right thing and ultimately maintain a good name in the marketplace.
23
Goodell hs a wosrt approval rating than george W bush....Bush didn't care to read either!!! goodll is just as much a moron, but with a much lower approval rating
24
I have nothing to say to that billionaire without a heart or conscience..but this. KARMA
25
To listen and understand and have compassion is a great attribute.
None of us, or at least I don't feel any one is listening, understanding or having any compassion for the men who built this league to what it is today.
To say you are going to have a meeting and find out what the past players have in mind is a great idea. But....you need to have answers, be honest, understand and have compassion.

26
+Our pension sucks,our disablity benefits suck, and ourinsurance doesn't suck because we hav e none!!!!!!
27
I did not attend the meeting.
28
Goodell=Tagliabue....horrific, but with a smile!
29
George Bush is willing to red more than the man with a suspicious smile..no longer "sincere" or "caring", it's just CREEPY now- you murderer! and you have a EIGHT PERCENT APPROVAL RATING- BUSH IS LAUGHING HIS ASS OFF AT YOUR UNPOULARITY!
30
If it wasn’t for our former veterans the NFL will not be where it is today. Do not underestimate the resolve of a professional athlete. There is no stronger movement than a group of organized athletes whom feel they have been cheated. This is the final drive that we have all prepared for and we will peruse this case to the end.
31
I was at the Dallas meeting last fall. Give Roger Godell credit for coming and listening;however we should have made him to commit to come back and give us answers to all the questions. All he did was gauge the level of outrage to pass on to the owners. Charlie Waters said it best. We have no leverage in negotiation. We cannot be at the table unless the current players let us. Tt was a huge mistake over the years to not have retired players actively vote just like player reps. I think a quarter or third of the reps should be retired players. The younger players would get the benefit of the wisdom of older players in active negotiation.
32
Goodell will only talk to who HE wants to talk to - he will read replies only from thosw whom he is certain will kiss his ring. He is a media expert and is manipulating Congress
33
YEAH ROMAN HOPE SOMEONE LISTENS
34
Goodell is the smiling devil..we want a NEW commish
35
THERE ARE TOO MANY INDIVIDUAL GROUPS. THEY
ALL NEED TO JOIN TOGETHER AND BECOME ONE
GROUP.
36
he 'acts" new on the job- yet he has been there 2 years. If he were US Prez, he would be halway thru his term and the media would be hounding him for answers. Plus the 2 years, he spent his adult life in NFL office, and was raided at the teat of the man who hand-picked him as successor, Tagliabue.
I HOPE the media stops treating Goodell like a smiling telon man and forces him to discuss difficult issues. "I don't know" is NOZT an answer, Mr goodell. You should know some basic fact about your job if you are making $12 million
37
Was not at the meeting.
38
I was not a meeting. Goodell sucks.
39
go get him roman!
40
goodell should have shown respect and read their sincere offerings
41
wasn't there.
42
I am sorry to say he works for the owners. I don't think he will do anything for us.
43
$$$$- that's all Goodell will listen to
44
not at meeting
45
george bush wouldn't read either
46
Dear Mr. Goodell,
There would be no National Football League without the players who have played, worked, and performed with honor, pride, passion, and sacrifice. The integrity of the game of football, considered the most violent, legalized sport form of entertainment lies within the players. The successful players in the past have played the game with pain and injury, unsurpassed in any other sport. The integrity of the NFL is on the field and the players that made this game so profitable deserve a fair share.
47
goodell has no hnor. his word s as usefuk as what cleaned out of my grandbabys diaper, I just read the pubkic gived him an 80% approval rating- THAT IS SOME PUBLIC RELATIONS, MY FRIEND.

HEY MEDIA, HOW ABOUT CONTRSTIN THE 8 % 9yes EIGHT PER CENT) aooroval from those who know him the NFL retirees. what nework has the balls to expose the truth?
48
When the meeting ended and I was on my home, I couldn't think of one positive item that the comissioner say that could help the retired players
49
NFL "Players Association" was formed to protect the players during a time when owners used them as expendable pieces of cheap yard equipment. Seems like as far as we have come, the real threat today for the founders is from the inside. How does it feel to be exposed for mismanagement and illegal activity - like the owners we originally needed protection from. $$$$$$$$$$
50
Disgusting!
51
Why is he not putting more pressure on the NFLPA to mandate that current players include former players about all the diffrent issues that are curretly on the table. Current players need to be educated, and convinced that they to will former players one day, and that we need to work together(solidarity) if we intend to accomplish anything. There are strength in numbers!
52
let us retirees select a group to hold the letters. I won't send my info if Bruce Laird or others get their hands on the list. the
53
he won't let wives in until media blisters his butt, he won't read your thoughts. It's good to be King!
54
As you know the House Judiciary committee(HJC)severly criticized the NFL and NFLPA about the leagues medical care system as it is " subject to a variety of Conflicts of Interest detrimental to players." Subsequently the HJC is threatening to impose new regulations to the NFL's benefit plans.

Additionally the Congressional Research Service(CRS)report iden-tifies major concerns about the long term health of NFL players that demand further attention and the HJC intends to hold more hear-ings to explore possible legislation to address these major problem areas.

Therefore, based on the aforemen-
tioned issues, what solutions are being implemented by the NFL Team Owners and/or NFL Commissioner to address those concerns surfaced by the CRS report?...Namely:
1.Nobody tracks the health of re-
tired players.
2.The league has not relied on
independent research in estab-
lishing medical care policies.
3.Inexplicably, players have but
limited access to their own
medical records.
4.The funding of the NFL's retire
ment plan is based on unclear
calculations.
55
Mr. Goodell,

You are no different from a lot of coaches i've had. When some one got hurt, they called the trainer and told the ball boy to move the ball over to the other side of the field, get some else in there let's start the practice again. You are only as good as your last ballgame!

You never really care unless it effects your bottomline.
56
I already sent in my Comments on a previous survey...I'm redoing to
restate #14 question
57
Brent Boyd cares enough to run these pols, he doesn't have your money. If you really cared to hear our opinins, why can't you be as sincere and caring as Brent Boyd and run a poll so we all can be heard no matter where we live? you don't even read those opinions that were given to you as a gift...
58
Boyd is a better man than you, Mr. Goodell. He is a dire need player- you and Jane, if you were as decent as he is, should give him part of your $12 million
59
Goodell is a jerk with a PR smile
60
not there
61
I feel like a very insignificant explayer who nobody cares what my problem is. Everyone who played 1 full year with the NFL should have some benefits.
62
HELL WITH GOODELL
63
I hope roman writes his reply here
64
Hey Goodell- just for the media's info- you are a smiling fake bastard. Look at the suffering

 

Survey Question # 3

Survey Question # 4

Survey Question # 5

Would you support this new, democratically appointed group to represent all NFL retirees?

 

Survey Question # 6

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6. Would you participate in online polling to save money and the pain of travel?
# Response
1
Al Johnson Houston Oilers 72-79
2
jerry inman denver broncos 66-73.

3
Cotton Davidson Baltimore 1954,57, Calgary 1958, Dallas Texans 1960-61 Oakland 1962-1968.
4
Brad Cousino

Steelers, Giants, Bengals... 1975-1979
5
steve thurlow
ny giants 1964, 1965
washington redskins 1966, 1967, 1968
6
Preston Carpenter-Browns,Steelers, Redskins,Vikings. Dolphins1956-1968
7
Kent Hill L.A Rams 79-86,
Houston Oilers 86-87
8
BILLY TRUAX L.A. RAMS, DALLAS COWBOYS 1964 THRU 1973....
9
Frank LeMaster
Eagles 1974-84

10
JACKIE BURKETT-COLTS, COWBOYS, SAINTS '60 THRU '70
11
ROMAN GABRIEL, 1962 TO 1972= LA RAMS-- 1973TO 1977=PHILA. EAGLES
12
keith nord vikings 79-86
13
Gern Nagler
Chicago Cards '53-'54, '55-59
Pitt. Steelers '60
Cleveland Browns '60-'61
14
Dan Pastorini, QB Houston Oilers '71-'79, Oakland Raiders '80-'81, LA Rams '81, Philadelphia Eagles '82-84. Retired '84
15
Kurt Schumacher
New Orleans 1975, 76 & 77
Tampa 1978 & 79 (Injured reserve for half the year)

16
Steve Wilson - Tampa Bay (1976-1985)
17
conway hayman houston oilers 1975-1980
18
Doug Sutherland Saints 1970,Vikings 1971-1980 seahawks 1981
19
Mark Kelso Buffalo Bills 1986-1993

20
I am supplying this information for my husband who has been diagnosed with Dementia of the Alzheimer's type. My husband is Barry Brown (Balt. Colts 66 & 67, N.Y. Giants 68, Boston Patriots 69-71)
21
Brian Sullivan, Kansas City Chiefs 1981, Baltimore Colts 1981-1982, Philadelphia 1983. Only one year vested in 1981.

22
mike baab 1982- 1993 cleveland, n.e., k.c
23
Mark Cooper
Denver 83-87
Tampa 87-89

24
dan ficca 1962 raiders 1963 thru 66 jets
25
Gina Boyd wife of Brent Boyd who played for the Minnesota Viking from 1980 to 1987.

26
Aaron Thomas SF 49ers 1961-62 NY Giants 1962-1970
27
Charles E. Ferguson
Cleveland Browns 1961
Minnesota Vikings 1962
Buffalo Bills 1963-!969

28
David Ray 1966 - 1976 Rams Eagles Falcon

29
Darrin Nelson
Vikings 1982 - 89
chargers 1989 - 90
vikings 1991 - 92


30
Possibly. John Sciarra, Phila.Eagles 1978-1983. Played for 6 years.
31
Howard Carson LA Rams 1980 to 1983
32
Dick Bielski
1955-1959 Philadelphia Eagles
1960-1961 Dallas Cowboys
1962-1963 Balimore Colts
33
Chris Burford Dallas Texans 1960-62
Kansas city Chiefs 1963-67

34
jim grabowski Packers 66-70 bears 71

35
D.D. Lewis, Dallas Cowboys, 1968-1981,

36
Jim Boeke, LA Rams 1960-1963, Dallas Cowboys 1964-1967, NO Saints 1968
37
Ralph Thomas
'52 Chicago Cardinals, "55 & '56

38
Bobby Dillon, Green Bay Packers 1952/1059




39
John G. Roach, Cardinals 1956-1960, GreenBay 1961-1963, Dallas 1964

40
Charles Kiry (living with girl friend) 7 Park Avenue 116 New York, NY 10016
1998(Colts),1999(Chiefs)2000-2001(Tampa Bay)
41
Larry Cole
Dallas Cowboys
1968-1981
l
42
Billy R. Kinard, Cleveland Browns-1956, Green Bay Packers-1957-58, Buffalo Bills-1960
43
Tim Ruddy
Dolphins 94-03
44
dallas cowboys 1962--1975

dave edwards
45
Phil McConkey
Giants,Packers,Cardinals,Chargers
1984-1989
46
TOM BRAATZ
WASHINGTON REDSKINS 1957, 1958, 1959
DALLAS COWBOYS 1960, 1961
47
Larry D. Woods; I played with the Lions, Dolphins, Jets and the Seahawks from 1971-1976.
48
Randy Beisler
Eagles 1966/69
Forty Niners 69/75
Chiefs 75/76

49
Tim Vogler  Buffalo Bills 1979 to 1989
50
Dan Sullivan
Baltimore Colts 1962-1972

51
Ken Frost; Dallas Cowboys; 1961-1963
52
I have already signed up with name and teams.
53
The problems we are soving are retirees who have no money or are disabled. to ask them to have to fly to one city or not be counted is absurd. we have technology and the US mail! be kind
54
I can;t travel, I am old and disabled, and live on fixed income
55
Conrad dobler Card. 1972-77 saints 78-79 Bills 80-81
56
john kirby, Minn Vikings, 64-68,
NY Giants, 69-70

57
Mike Pyle, Bears & Saints, '61 to '70,
58
my husband can't travel
59
this is 2009, we can barely aford to get to the store..only snobby rich jet setters think to ignore technology and get together to play golf. we live in reality. thank you to brent boyd for starting this polling, finally little guys like us get heard!
60
Don McIlhenny -Lions '56,-Packers '57-'59
Cowboys '60-61, 49ers '61
61
it would be crazy to travel just to vote on things we can decide here on boyd's polls
62
why go thru an airport, spend money--when we can do this at home? thank you boyd. Boyd's innovations and thoughtfulness, he is our "ben franklin"! If Boyd is not on our leadership, we quit!!!! look at what he has and is doing for retirees. we don't pay the bastard
63
I have heard of a meeting being planned by those who wish to force their will on us. We can have candidates make their case and we can vote from home. Who can afford to travel for this?
64
Joe Kapp
Minnesota Vikings, 1967, 1968, 1969
Boston Patriots, 1970, 1971
65
please no travel
66
Marv Fleming, Green Bay Packers,Miami Dolphins. 1963 to 1975,

67
who can aford to travel, especially to hear a few larger voiced men talk over everyone else. At least here online, we all have equality and a fair chance. Thanks to you  Brent Boyd
68
Bruce Kozerski, Cincinnati, 1984-1995,
69
Lila Lee Carr for Jimmy Carr
Chicago Cardinals 1955 and 1957
Philadelphia Eagles 1959-1963
Washington Redskins 1964-1965
70
Hoyle Granger
Oilers, Saints

71
eric hipple Detroit Lions 80-89

72
william cooke packers 1975 forty-niners 76-77 detroit 78 seattle 79-80
73
Randy Grimes
Tampa Bay '83-'92

74
I am always in and out of surgery from life in the league. Now I have to cramp myself in a plane just to listen to bi mouths? No thanks. God bless Brent Boyd for introducing this polling, he understands what our lives are like, unlike the other guys
75
too much pain, too little money to travel
76
that's the ONLY way for me; no travel
77
why can't we do this from home? at least the biggest part of it- we will need an actual meeting after the online voting
78
Nick Bell Raiders 1991 - 1995
79
Bob Kilcullen, Chicago Bears 1957-1966
80
DUANE PUTNAM--RAMS BROWNS COWBOYS ALANTA FALCONS PHILEDPHIA EAGLES ST LOUIS
81
John Houser
* Los Angeles Rams: 1957 - '59
* Dallas Cowboys: 1960 - '62
* St. Louis Cardinals: 1963
82
Greg Buttle
NYJ 1976-1984

83

84
online is the only way we can participate unless you have this meeting in Tennessee. Thank you Boyd for these polls.
85
Paul Guidry-Buffalo Bills 1966-72
Houston Oilers 1973

86
Joe Wilson -
Cinn. Bengals 1973-1974
NE Pats 1974-1975
87
Tom Regner
1967 through 1972 season, Houston Oilers

filled out by wife, Shirley
88
Delvin Williams
89
why the hell would I pay money to travel for something we can now do from the comfort of home thanks to Boyd's online questions?
90
I ain't traveling nowhere. If you have a meeting in order for us to vote, count me and my potential dues out
91
not going to travel
92
we can't affford to travel far or for long
93
can't travel unless you pay
94
Jerry Overton - Dallas Cowboys 63-65

95
Joe Ferguson--Bills 1973-84,Lions 1985-87,Bucs 1988-89, Colts 1990

96
we cannot travel
97
NO travel for us unless it's free
98
travelling sunded good until 2 things. 1- the chaos of goodell's meetings and of Upshaw's in the past, we will waste out time and money; and 2- brent Boyd introduced us to this wonderful option..online voting!! thanks brent for caring about us "little guys" and our wives.
99
I WOULD have travelled providing it was nearby enough; but why should we in this economy now that Brent has brought us this technology
100
I can't possibly make my husband travel, but he wants to vote and be heard

 

 

 

 

 

Survey Question # 7

 

Survey Question # 8

What do you think is the best way to continue contact with elected officials? How do we educate them and encourage them?

1
Personal lettters.
2
tell them the truth.
3
Use Social Networking web 2.0 technology in a private intranet where privacy is assurred.
4
I think we should be considered as the present day players.
5
Meetings, Lobbyists for our agendas, expose the lies regarding funding of pension plan and collusion regarding keeping players from obtaining disability benefits, for example even after agreeing to accept Social Security granted disability as grounds for nfl disability, players are still denied and shut out upon presenting their Social Security granted disability!
6
throug our letters, and throug our guys who have effectively worked in DC- Ditka, and Brent Boyd
7
ask the people who know boyd, ditka, parrish. keep the others out of the way
8
prepare well written form letters signed by all of our members/advocates(petition style) and blitz the congress and senate along with all media outlets-abc,nbc,cbs,fox,espn,ap,up, usa today etc.
9
My local union believes if you don't attend a meeting, you don't deserve to know what is going on.
10
Develop a platform/plan and then each retired player approach all politicians they know alerting the media of the meeting
11
utilize letters and notes to them from their constituents expressing the situation
12
hire lobbist
13
THROUGH THE PRESS AND PUBLIC OPINION!!
14
Perhaps appoint a 'lobbyist' type person to solicit these officials.
15
It is time for Congress to help.
16
Use the media to get their ear. They're politicians! They love attention. we're not a bunch of Millionairs. we're the "Blue Collar" Foundation of the NFL.
17
not sure
18
I have to say that the pressure being applied by Congress seems to have had the most impact. I’d focus our efforts in that area since they have the tools to force some change.
19
Electronically or in person if possible.
20
press and contact
21
e-mail , phone calls
22
visit meetings
23
tv ,through interviews , hall of fame interviews etc.
24
no answer
25
The NFL is a private business. I think that the best course of action is to unify the concerns and ideas for improving the system and then presenting them to the NFL through the NFLPA with their support and a good working relationship that will be a win win for all the groups.
26
Keep sending them information, keep issues in eye of public, hold them to accountability. Law suits if necessary. Anti trust is a great lever.
27
we send famous members to chat em up
28
PR by Hall of Fame retired players
29
develope an ear for our fight
continuous communication
30
Get Mike Ditka, Brent Boyd, and Gale Sayers back to DC to continue their fight for the retired NFL players. They started this and the House is familiar with them. They should be the ones to continue in this forum. Too many people have gotten involved, outside of this group, and messed things up. As the old adage goes, "too many cooks spoil the soup."
31
I have no idea. My question is??. What can
we do that will make them want to help us.

32
we need to stick with what was working effectively. We had made significan progress in 2007, then too many people tried to make a name and got involved, and we have lost traction. get back to basics- Ditka, Sayers, Boyd- the rest of us, get out of their way!
33
Communucations-Computer, recently retired
players talking to them, social gathering, media-TV/Newspapers.
34
continue to compare our disability and pensions with other sports. Make them aware of some of the many guys that are out there suffering because of a lack care and money.
35
blitz all our state politicians.
36
Have formal representaion (players, not necessarily attorneys)
37
through the team that actually accomplished things in 2007
38
don't know
39
Email and letters.
40
My feeling is the Player Reps should become more involved and get to know us better so they are not of the impression is that all we want is money. It goes much deeper then that. They are not being told the whole story of our situation and they need to know what our player reps went through to get this union off the ground.
41
Meet personally with them
42
Most are just looking for publicity
43
Educate through the Web, and when need be have all retired members call, 2000 calls a day would get my attention.
44
get back to our game plan. We had guys lile Brent Boyd who had a story to tell, the guts to tell it, and the ability to move hearst in Washington DC. Then, we , in our wisdom, decided we were better off with celebrities. Except the big names don't care, they haven't lived though this. We need to send BRENT BOYD BACK TO WASHINGTON.
45
Regular conference calls
46
read Linda Sanchez' letter!write to her and the House Judiciary committe and tell them all our problems
47
By writing and calling them.
48
?
49
We need more signatures from current and former players. We need continued PR/Media support and constant letters to congress...
50
Educate them on the special treatment the NFL receives. I believe the owners can take paper losses and apply them to other businesses. We can't do that in real estate. Unless we can potentially hurt the owners, they will ignore us.
51
keep writing them and let them know our problems continue to worsen
52
I am not sure if I understand the question. Do you mean our elected union, or congressional leaders? If you mean Congress, I think Linda Sanchez and past results make it clear that Brent Boyd must lead us in Washington, and hopefully remove anti trust laws protecting the owners

please let Brent Boyd do his good work
53
Put forth a unified plan what we want, and keep up the pr campaign
54
don't know
55
PERSONAL CONTACT
56
Through legal means.
57
Through e-mail
58
stick with the team that was winning before our own people interfered. ditka, Sayers, Moose, Boyd. Everyone else stay the hell away, butt out, and let them finish the victory that was so close fo them
59
Letter campaigns
60
Just keep letting them here peoples stories. Plus keep pointing out that they just keep giving more to the to the ones that already have more the current players. They need to know why they are getting what they are and take care of the ones that got it for them
61
There is always strenghth in numbers and if we show that power and keep pounding the media then finally we might get the message through.
62
Target elected officials that will help us
63
we had a great team summer 2007, what happened to those guys?
64
Linda Sanchez letter gives hope, she needs Brent Boyd and Mike Ditka.
65
lobby, call, write often
66
Brent Boyd led a successful write-in campaign in 2007. Can we get him to do it again? will others help him?
67
E.mail and networking
68
Steering Committee. Monthly Journal via email. A system of accountability.
69
Contact the elected officials when we need them. I doubt they will listen to education and encouragement??
70
sic(sp?) Brent Boyd and his group after them
71
Elected officials at what level? Are you seriously thinking that congress would consider getting involved? They have a great deal on their plates right now.
72
Be as visible as possible. There is no defense for the pitiful support from the present players, management and so-called Commissioner.
73
keep after them relentlessly, keep writing, keep sending Brent Boyd and Mike Ditka
74
Face to Face meetings with them.
75
in person, on line, how ever possible
76
We need all groups working together .
77
form a committee of retred players that are newly retired and educate them on history and what to expect when they are older...current players are more apt to listen to their peers
78
They need to now just how many of us are involved in this groundswell and what these polls tell us and them.
79
Keep up the current media blitz, and keep congerss involved so everything and everybody is accoutable.
80
write, send them every media article. tell them how "great" everything is, because Goodell is telling them that.
81
wite, write, write, and then call some more. Let them see Linda Sanchez letter and SLI brain damage research
82
computers;conventions
83
continue to tell them our stories
84
Are you talking about the current NFLPA officials or future officials yet to be ellected?
85
Emaial campaign
86
PR campaign on all sports talk radio programs throughout the US. Need guys with big, local names to tell the story in an empatheic manner not synpathetic.
87
individually
88
Design a E-mail directed to specific elected officials, especially before certain judicial
hearings. The message explains our plight as NFL retirees and how we're ignored for treatment of football related disabilities. About how our pension plan doesn't measure up vs. other Pro pension plans and hasn't provided
any cost of living increases, etc.
89
Ditka, Sayers, Boyd. Let them do the talking
90
we were doing great in 2007, with Mr. Boyd, Mike Ditka, etc...let them operate again
91
contact Linda Sanchez and Harry Reid
92
how did we do it so good 2 years ago?
93
Research their contact phone numbers and addresses and call or write them.
94
newsletter
95
Give the retirees a list of name', addresses and if possible, emails to keep data going to elect officials from numerouse players to show overall support of issues
96
Have all retired player meet with their local elected officials and discuss our united agenda. Educate them about our plight and do everything we can do to enlist their support for our agenda.
97
write and tell our true stories, as Boyd has always urged us to do. keep writing, contact your local media.
98
write and ask for meetings and hearings and to remove anti-trust
99
write to them and to the committees
100
Have regional (4 or 6) meetings (2-3)
101
One year meeting and E mail
102
LINDA SANCHEZ!!!
103
continue with Harry Reid and Linda Sanchez, and everyone write your own officials
104
Linda Sanchez and House Judiciary
105
work with Linda Sanchez and Harry Reid and the appropriate committees in both houses
106
keep after the House Judiciary - they seem ost aggressive. And keep after Harry Reid, through Boyd, to keep the Senate in play, REID PROMISED US CHANGE OR HEARINGS, IT IS TIME FOR REID TO FULFILL HIS PROMISES!!!
107
we need media and fan support- and we will get nowhere until then, because THAT will lead to sponsors supporting us,..then, and only then, will progress be made. enlist established disabilty groups, like Boyd does out west. they wil be our best weapon and know how to attack.
108
after our group is formed, hire pro lobbyists
109
work with Linda Sanchez, John Conyers, and Harry Reid. by the way Harry- Harry Reid made a speechpromising us changes or more hearings! don't back out now Harry! everyone write Reid to remind him of promises made in speech before last year's super bowl.
110
write and tell what's going on, call and complain, visit your local reps' offices often
111
ask Brent Boyd, he has been good at it, our best, and Ditka is great plus has a lobbyist, and Sayers was awesome.
112
don't know

Survey Question # 9

This new united NFL retiree's group will NOT take the place of existing groups, but will provide an umbrella and serve as a stronger, collective voice for our issues. Existing groups will keep advocating as they see fit. We want to avoid a "turf war", so what should the existing groups do to make a greater impact, and collective PR assistance for the new group?

1
united we will the fight.
2
Get rid of the egos... you guys act like a bunch of school kids in 7th grade. Needs to be a leadership council made up of all the different factions... and then from there select a board of directors for the larger umbrella group... and then hire an executive director.
3
leaders of the various advocacy groups should meet after accumulating information and form a joint leadership group
4
All for one and one for all- We are talking about the game we all Played. Lets all get on the same page
5
Collaborate, each group could focus on a particular area and even dulplicate some
6
Support and aid obtaining representation for retired players.
7
A "leader" needs to be designated for the planning of this group...brent Boyd seems to have the best handle on how to get this thing done, the advocates should follow Boyd until we vote
8
do what brent is unselfishly doing- and put all egossidelook 4 newsolutions
9
endorse the new group
10
Communicate ALL proceedings and finances.
11
Ask some of the existing groups high profile members(Hall fo Fame, TV/media celebrities to speak on behalf of DAF
12
We must develop a common mission directive.
13
unite to form one distinct voice for the retired players
14
The NFLPA group is doing absolutely nothing constructive for us. It is pathetic to receive their NFL collusioned attempts to offer us cheap trips, medicare supplement insurance that can be obtained w/o their input from any number of companies; I don't see how the NFLPA is any benefit to the 50's/60,s and they will never get another dollor or measure of response from me. If the new group has any affiliation with the NFLPA, you can count me out!!!
15
BE CAREFUL NOT TO STEP ON EACH OTHERS TOES!!
16
Band together with one organization.
17
We need to remain united and support our leadership. We still need the support from the active players.
18
We should all being working toward the same goal!!! To totally revamp the current system to match that of MLB.
19
join forces
20
...just cont.on with communication,solidarity etc.
21
communicate purpose better
22
no answer
23
A unified voice seems appropriate. There also needs to be unified objective that the group wants to accomplish. Different decades have different issues but there needs to be some consensus on the objectives to be pursued with the current players and the commissioner.
24
Guerrilla warfare can be very successful and hard to combat. Much harder for someone to come in and pay off in order to silence. There may be safety in numbers and diversification right now. BEWARE OF TOO MUCH CONTROL IN THE HANDS OF A FEW.
25
focus on the main goal - getting control of our own future . All should work toward that goal from diffrent directions.
26
Anything that can unite everyone is needed
27
develope an ear with the same goals
continuous communication
28
The two groups needs to be united. Working together. Why should there be a turf war since the two groups would working on the same issues??
29
no exisitng group should have the attitude "they" are the chosen ones...let democracy take it course. we don't want another gene Upshaw declaring himself our leader
30
Have plan of action to get organized and know what we want to do.
31
I think each group should pick an area and focus on it. maybe one group focus on pension issues while another deals with disability or current player relations.
32
A central focus on one major objective or goal...such as increased monthly pensions
33
We should all be on the same page. Need to be consistent with our approach and the issues.
34
all groups of advocates should be like Brent Boyd- he has no ego, no personal agenda..he just wants to help us and impact some changes in our favor. Other leaders make me want to shower after reading their emails
35
follow bret boyd
36
That, we need to sit down with the powers to be and see just where we stand in the over all picture of the union. We need to be acknowledged as retired pro football players first.
37
Join us
38
Existing groups can work on getting as many retired players as possible to correspond with them through the Web.
39
some groups (or one group) thinks we elected them already. They should be like brent boyd, find out what WE think, what OUR concerns are, instead of telling us what we think. We should kneel and thank God everyday we have a caring advocate like Brent Boyd and his Dignity group, and if we don't follow him we deserve to go were we certainly will, in a handbasket!
40
get the newer, fake groups who just mess things up, fill my email box- get back to Gridiron greats and brent boyd. The rest should be willing to support if they are sincere.
41
Agree with #9
42
?
43
I just think they need to just acknowledge that the new group exists....
44
just do it
45
appoint Brent Boyd our leader
46
don't know
47
ALL FORMER PLAYERS NEED TO BE UNITED IN ONE
GROUP.
48
Have the NEW group create an agenda and schedule so all is coordinated
49
Keep them informed and solict imput from them.
50
get organized and prepared before presenting any meetings or votes. these polls by brent boyd shows he understands , he cares what we think, and I hope all other planning tohold meetings or whatever should use their ers, not thir mouth, like Mr boyd
51
We should speak with one voice and existing groups making contributions or suggestions.
52
????
53
If all existing groups abdicate responsibility of pension and disability to the new group and get representation in the new group then they should be able to continue on with their individual initiatives.
54
I've not been included in any group to date. Players from the 1960s are pretty much ignored. (Just my point of view)
55
What's wrong with a "turf war"???? We stareted a Turf war with Upshaw and look where we are.
56
leave egos at the door
57
everyone will be equal
58
big egos, dominant entitlement not allowed
59
no arrogant a-holes...be willing to listen, not just hear yourself talk
60
i don't know, but I pray they come together for our sake
61
All groups should ahve the same 5 point plan to attack. There should be a representative from each group on the Board. One man one vote.
62
The NFL Management will want one face at the negotiations table for the next CBA. Work backwards from that to determine structure and action
63
I do not believe "the group" will work if "existing groups keep advocating as they see fit. Working together will make the greatest impact! You all read the emails every day, not much cohesiveness.
64
form a organizing or planning alliance- so we all know our advocates are on same page
65
What is the name of "this new united NFL retiree's group. I believe the term "turf war"is good. Our many different groups are a weakness in the eyes of the NFL.
66
if all advocates were like BOYD, they would be also asking our opinions, not telling us their own opinions to hear themselves speak. Put boyd in charge, he will select decen, honest representatives, men and women probably.
67
Share information and challenge those great fans that have supported professional football all these years. Their support is needed now for those that have been left behind.
68
read the Bible . there is a higher purposethan seeing your name in the paper (to east coast guys, pay attention)
69
Our group needs to take our strong voice to an included position within the NFLPA but not financially tied to the NFLPA.
70
Be a member of all three groups !
71
keep communicating for common goals
72
We need to all coordinate our efforts. We should be in fact after many of the same things.
73
Communicate and show solidarity on all matters so that we appear to be a force to be reconed with.
74
too late, the turf war is strong. Bret Boyd's polls will get us around the turf wars, they will no longer be an issue.
75
wish I knew the answer, this polling is a step in right direction
76
listen to each other - have dialogue - work together
77
1.Besides the NFLPA what existing
groups are there? Who are they?
What have they done so far?
78
disengage and make one large group. We are too fragmented, to proud for handouts and too stupid to read the writing on the wall. The NFLPA does not want to spend their money on making us happy. They only care of the present day players.
79
what they have been doing. we should seek out active players to heep us.
80
We have got to press on with House
Judiciary Committee hearings...Ex-
pose NFL/Anti-Trust Exemption vio-
lations...Once rulings are legislated against the NFL & NFLPA
the other existing Retiree Groups
will want to fall in line. Of course we will make every effort
that it will be to their advantage
to joinus under one banner.

81
don't know
82
Have representatives of each group meet to discuss their particular group views.
83
Acknowledge that they represent a group of compassionate, concerned, and hurting former players.
84
create a blog
85
we need some one or two person to fight for the retired players
86
Have to have more data presented to what is going on with retirees and their families. Most of people in congress get everything paid for by goverment-tax payers-when they retire so they have no idea what costs actually are for those on Medicare, Disability, Premiums, medication costs, doctor's visits, medical tests etc...
87
Organize local and regional retired players, community groups and friends of our cause. To advocate regionally for the support of retired nfl players rights for better representation, pensions benefits, health care issues, and continue our unquestionable commitment to community involvement and make sure question 8's gaol is attained.
88
Everyone trust Boyd, he has declared he does not want to be the leader- let Boyd be in charge of this voting and stuff until a group is formed. Otherwise, we have a pissing contest. that's the only way to have an orderly tranfer to one new group
89
act like YOU want this to work and work together- too much stabbing of Boyd behind his back by wannabees. everyone, including Boyd,- Just get along and work together and prove to us this can work.
90
accept you will not be "the" power and do all you can to help select a democraticaly elected new group
91
just get along, we will have an official group soon, you will want to be part of it and recognized by it
92
Take the hard questions to Goodell and collectively work together. We have different agenda's - this group should represent ALL players who played even one (1) year in the league
93
families are hurting, stop worrying if things are done "your way", let's get together and just get it done
94
the ship is sailing. will you be on it?
95
TURF WARS? GET OVER YOUR SELVES, DO LIKE BOYD AND ask us what we want! SHOW US HIS RESPECT TOWARDS US RETIREES. don't think you will ever tell this group anything, you'll be taped to the goal posts!
96
this online vote will eliminate turf war-listen to us or get out of our way!!!
97
the Boyd team
98
whoever doesn't follow our votes here online- you suck!

Survey Question # 10

Other, Please specify:

1
pro bono legal advice from former player/lawyers
2
dues from all, big donatins from those to whom muc
3
research any grant money available
4
Licensing of real retired players to benefit real
5
Hold some fund raisers- golf tournament,dinner,wha
6
I would be willing to pay dues.
7
all of the above
8
sponsors/private citizens/PAC
9
WOOPS - the payer controls the agenda!
10
market ourselves for our and the group's benefit
11
good question some folks don't have the funds
12
Possibly, all of the above
13
We do not need funding, we need service!
14
along with player dues...
15
all of the above
16
FUND RAISING WITH MEETINGS, TOURNEMENTS, APPEARAN
17
Contibutions
18
combo dues and licensing- NFL/ NFLPA $will taint
19
dues and licensing
20
dues AND licensing
21
dues and licensing-no NFL money
22
$2 fan ticket tax, plus NFL shield licensing piece
23
Do our own Gold tournments. Or fund raising.
24
$$ from renegotiations with entertainment giants.
25
Dues and comm. to decide other ways.
26
dues and licensing combined; other efforts too
27
DAF's LOGO WOULD SELL LIKE HOTCAKES!!! we should o
28
dues and licensing, golf tourneys,unlimited option
29
dues, licen, use DAF's logo if Boyd will give it u
30
all of the above
31
we must pay dues, we can make money (see /daf logo
32
media/network contributions
33
No dues! Its not a club. Retirees are members!
34
All of the above !
35
I don't know yet
36
LICENSE DAF LOGO!!!!
37
combo of things, inl.$2 tix tax, sell daf logo
38
dues and licensing and golf/appearances
39
dues and licensing
40
dues & licensing
41
corporate sponsors=immed. cash
42
all 3
43
all of the above
44
dues and licensing- maybe use DAF logo
45
private assistance that wants to be part of us
46
dues/licensing/dignity logo
47
If NFL or NFLPA pays, they dictate to us
48
don't know
49
I think we have to figure out our needs first.
50
combo of all- sell DAF logo on merchandise
51
dues and licensing and promos
52
dues and licensing, no NFL interference
53
dues or donations if all are represented
54
combination
55
dues and licensing
56
combo of dues and licensing and other
57
all
58
all above
59
dues, licensing, $2 ticket fee, golf and promos
60
Ferragamo's (I think) idea of $2 ticket fee, other
61
some can't afford dues, the $2 ticket tax is best,
62
no nfl$ except $2 per ticket,other promos,licensin
63
Bud, Miller, Toyota,etc each donates large amounts
64
dues/lic/$2per tix, sponsor donors, promos, golf
65
dues/licen/ $2 ticket charge, golf and promos
66
Ferragamo-$2/tix/beer(?) adopt DAF logo and sell
67
dues and licensing combined

 

 

Survey Question # 11

Other, please specify:

1
an odd # less than 10 and including key leaders
2
Whatever number Retired Players decide.
3
east,central,west
4
No limit on legal positions
5
33, this will get buyin from all teams in NFL
6
1
7
how many other goups do we have?
8
Too early to tell
9
What ever the others agree to.
10
?
11
At least one from each of the contributing groups
12
ONE FROM EACH SECTION OF THE COUNTRY - 6
13
11
14
Need to be dedicated,focused and all on united
15
S/B from where most NFL alums reside
16
Nine & some honorary members like Jack Kemp.
17
the fewer the better but choose them well
18
9 or 11 with all three groups represenrted .
19
one mens group and another group for wives
20
1 Chrmn.w/5 regional reps.
21
This is putting the cart B/4 the horse: 5 to 7
22
one from each era
23
All regional advocates should be on the board
24
1 for each region and 3 at large

 

Survey Question # 12

 

Survey Question # 13

Other, please specify:

1
Keep 9 for several yrs and see how they get along.
2
Success /progress should dictate this
3
No elitism, anyone who wants to contribute.
4
board members may miss some meetings
5
We have had great leadership from a star studded f
6
represent the country
7
I don't know the initial group
8
Too early to tell
9
?
10
keep it the same unles the members vote for a chan
11
leave it at nine
12
This is a stupid question
13
draft sample charter & by-laws. Seek other sports?
14
Decide every year like any other Democracy.
15
no opinion
16
three to five
17
9
18
increase board members once we get off the ground
19
I don't know yet
20
Cell groups in major NFL cities
21
should have independent Bd Members, not players
22
We must think effeciency first
23
2 yr terms - 50% elected each year

 

Survey Question # 14

At this very early stage, who would you like to see on this Board (or as our representatives)  

LEADING VOTE RECIPIENTS:

1- Brent Boyd- (66 votes)

2- Mike Ditka (56)

3- Bernie Parrish (36)

4- Ben Lynch (21)

5- Jeff Nixon (18)

6- Gale Sayers (16)

7- Bob Stein - (13)

     Bruce Laird (13)

8- Roman Gabriel (12)

    Jon Arnett (12)

     Abner Haynes (12)

    Jim Marshall (12)

9- Delvin Williams (10)

Important Reminder- This is only an informal poll, this is NOT the official vote

1
I am open to any candidates who are nominated. Then I will make my choices.
2
Curly Culp
3
bernie parish
4
That is not a fair question... the question should be who do we need on the board and then go out and convince them to get involved. We need those who have the skills and integrity to make a difference. Just because someone wants the position doesn't mean they are the ones that have the capabilities.
5
harry carson, mike haynes
6
Reps chosen via an actually Summit meeting.
7
Bernie Parrish, Pete Retzlaff, Mike Ditka, Sam Huff,Bill Howton,Brig Owens,Lonnie Sanders,Herb Adderly, Brent Boyd ,Bruce Laird
8
Those interested in serving should run for the position and have a vote.
9
Guys who are already on front line
10
Jon and Jane Arnett, Bob Stein, Ditka, Brent Boyd, Bob Grant
11
an attorney, & someone w/labor experience, another with PR and nother lobbyist. And, BRENT BOYD
12
bernie parrish, herb adderly, ron mix, bob long, bart starr, others with legal experience and and real knowledge of business
13
Lucious Smith, Bruce Laird, Herb Adderley, Brent Boyd, Ivory Sully, Bernard Parrish, Walt Roberts, Spouses and family members as non-voting, associate member assistants to board members.
14
First people who are commited and have time to spend on DAF, then get the highest profile names in football for extra exposure to work the media. Public perception can be very npowerful
15
let one guy from each current group start
16
the guys who are the most educated on the specific issues: Bernie/bruce/john hannah et al
17
Mike Ditka, Dub Jones, Pat Studstill, Moon Mullins, Johnny Baker, Jack Lee, George Blanda, Leo Sanford, Al Witcher
18
OF COURSE YOU BRENT, BRUCE LAIRD, BIELSKI, ME AND BILLY TRUAX!!
19
bob stein
20
I think we need household names to attract attention.
21
Parrish, Boyd, Nix, Laird, ?
22
Bruce Laird, Mike Ditka,Joe DeLamielleur, Brent Boyd, Mel Owens, Abner Haynes, Herb Adderly, Bernie Parrish, Jane & Jon Arnett. I'd also like to see if we can get Bill Currey, past NFLPA President.
23
anyone that has the time and energy to particapate
24
3 John Hogan type attorneys - experienced in disability and Union processes.
4 Former players - 2 from the 60's & 70's and 2 from the 80's & 90's.
25
ex players who active in there chapters
26
yes
27
no....
28
Mike Ditka
29
Bernie Parish, Jeff Nixon, and Brent Boyd
30
our most famous members w. the most legal experience.
31
2 Legal advocates/labor relations attorneys and 5 retired players
32
have no idea except to say they should be successful people in life after football
33
Brent Boyd, Bob Stien, Jon Arnette, Mike Ditka, Ben Lynch
34
Randy Minniear, Mike Ditka
35
jeff Nixon, Brent Boyd, Gale Sayers, Ditka, Bob Stein, Ben Lynch, Herb Adderly,
36
Former Player-Ron Mix (lawyer)
Labor Relations rep. with union experience

37
mike ditka
38
initially I would like to see the heads of the various that have taken up the cause. down the road if we choose to have less people that's fine.
39
bernie parrish
ron mix
brent boyd
john hogan
bart starr

40
Don't know who the candidates are and what kind of experience they have. I would (only) want to be represented by retired players who are familiar with the issues, have good business sense and experience, and can articulate and communicate well.
41
Brent Boyd, Joe D, Mike Ditka, Bernie Parrish
42
joe d, brent boyd, bernie parrish, mike ditka, gale sayers
43
Bernie Parrish, Brent Boyd, Bill Howton, Tom Davis and Jeff Nixon and Bruce Laird. Of course, I would like to see some information and qualifications on all of them.
There is no one that has more knowledge then Bernie and we need a good mix of diplomatic abilities also.
44
Bob Zeman
45
Brent Boyd
46
Bernie Parish Jeff Nixon Bruce Laird
McFarland, Mike Ditka, Jon Arnett, Abner Haynes, Dave Pear, Brent Boyd, Bob Grant
47
Bruce Laird
48
Bernie Parrish, M.E. Davis, Dave Pear,John Hogan,Mark Washington,Abner Hayes, Joe DeLamielleure
49
bernie parrish, brent boyd, leonard marshall, ben lynch, bob stein, roman oben
50
Brent Boyd and whoever is advising him. If he picks 5 guys, we know they will be the right people. We need his moral compass. And BERNIE PARRISH, but I doubt he's interested.
51
Bernie Parish, Bob Grant
52
Jim McFarland
53
gridiron greats, Brent boyd, Bernie Parrish, Bob Scmidt, Jim green (lobbyist) and outside labor attorneys. we DON'T need hall of famers and celebrities , well we need tham, but not on the board. we want guys who have suffered, know where the bodies are hidden, and have guts to tell the truth in the face of billionaire threats.
54
Don't know.
55
Daryl Johnston, Roger Staubach
56
Ditka and Staubach
57
I think the players, who are able and interested, that played a key role in the first
58
Jean Fugett
Herb Adderly
Mike Ditka
Harry Carson
Dwayne(Moose)Johnston
59
a mix of outside experience labor attornies (but how do we pay them?), some (3)of our advocates who know the issues and have suffered- not the stars, but the guys with real stories to vindicate- Dave Pear, Delvin Williams and Brent Boyd, and a couple "stars" for media attention
60
bernie parrish
61
Don McIleny, Hershel Forester, Forrest Gregg, Raymond Berry, Jerry Kramer
62
Ben Lynch, Brent Boyd, Delvin williams, Bob Stein, Bart Starr
63
Boyd, Parrish, and whoever they pick to help
64
linda sanchez
65
Start with Bernie Parrish, Mike Ditka,
66
?
67
Woody Cambell
68
Ditka and Parrish- but would they do it? probably not. I don't know any union attorneys, I am sure someome will find us some to choose from, we need advoates who have been on the front lines slugging it out and making the recent progreess pssible. brent boyd, dave Pear,and we would need a couple "stars" to get media attention- if Gale Sayers would agree that is the best start we can dream of. We need to hire a PR firm, but who pays?
69
give me a short list
70
Mike Ditka,Joe Delaurmalere,Bruce Laird,Bernie Parrish,Mike Pyle,Jeff Nixon,Harry Carson
71
I don't know.
72
Brent Boyd is not our most famous football player, but he is our biggest name of all advocates
Boyd is taking the time and giving us retirees a voice here - showing us respect no one has ever given us retirees. we'd be crazy not to go with BRENT BOYD. We should be lead by an experienced union or labor attorney (a Marvin Miller!), and Ben Lynch, Joe delamulure, a Washington lobyist expert, a PR expert, a Hall of famer or two. Bart starr, Ditka get my vote.
73
Do not know
74
Garrett Webster, Brent Boyd, Vince Ferragamo, Jim Marshall, Roman Gabriel woody campbell
75
JON ARNETT, SHARON HAWKINS, LEONARD MARSHALL, BRENT BOYD, BOB STEIN, DARRIN NELSON
76
Bob Grant, Brent Boyd, Vince Ferragamo, Dick Bielski, John Hannah, Jeff Nixon, Leonard Marshall
77
Roman Gabriel, Sue Brodie, Jane Arnett, Valerie thomas, Ben Lynch, Brent Boyd, Delvin Williams
78
Mercury Morriss, Delvin Williams, Brent Boyd, Jeff Nixon, Ben Lynch
79
Sam Huff, Bernie Parrish, Mike Ditka, Brent Boyd, Delvin Williams, Jim Marshall
80
jeff nixon, mercury morris, jim mcfarland, jon arnett, roman gabriel, and an experienced labor attorney
81
Vince Ferragamo, Kenny Easley, Jim Mcfarland, Jeff Nixon, Mercury Morris,
82
Ben Lynch, Lucious Smith, Sam Huff, Mike Pyle, Leonard Marshall
83
marvin miller, chelsea clinton, magic johnson, charles barkley, mark grace
84
Jeff Nixon, Delvin Williams, Jon Arnett, Brent Boyd, Valerie Thomas (ex-nflpa employee), Sharon Hawkins
85
the few who will fight and not get bought off by SWAG..no one who has been in goodell's owners box at a playoff game, no brown nosers..we have serious problems, give us serious leaders
86
One from each group and a labor lawyer like John hogan.
87
see no. 11
88
Mike Pyle, Bruce Laird, Ordell Braase, Sam Huff, Jim McFarland, Harry Jacobs, Dave Pear for example
89
unselfish advocates won't be bought off by owners or union. men who have been hurt by system and won't sell out
90
geographic, age, and racial balance of our hardest fighting advocates-this is no time for camera hogs
91
my husband and I admire Brent Boyd and what he has been through and what he has done for us, as a non-famous guy with no money. We all agree, we'd bet, that Brent Boyd gets one seat on the board. After that, we need a famous spokesman- Ditka, Bart Starr, Jerry Kramer, Gale Sayers. And then ensure guys from different parts of the USA.
92
I would appreciate hearing from you who you might consider and why.
93
fighters-sam huff, ditka, joe d, eugene morris..and brent boyd, he has an automatic spot. lawyers, like bob stein , and jeff nixon
94
Liffert Hobley, Leonard Marshall, Kenny Easley, Brent Boyd, Jane Arnett, Mike Ditka, Gale Sayers
95
who is nominated?
96
the guy who is asking us, not saying what he thinks right here, deserves a seat. we need besides him, to help him, attornies, licensing salespeople, hall of famers, someone knowledgeable about Congress, maybe the attorney from san francisco case
97
laird, boyd, ditka, roman gabriel, joe kapp, jon arnett
98
Roman Gabriel, Russ Francis, Deacon Jones, Jerry Kramer, Alan Page, Bart Starr, Paul Krause, Dale Hackbart, Jimmy Buffet, Sonny Jurgenson, Craig Morton
99
I wish I could see into future to see the next few months-NFLPA exec dir, lawsuit appeal, feel out new DC administration. I know in my heart, /brent /boyd deserves a seat abd spot in all our hearts. Today, helping those w/o computers! what's next out of this guy, I wish I had his brain damage! Boyd,Ditka, Sayers, , Ben Lynch, Jerry Kramer, Joe D, Jim Marshall
100
boyd, elway, eric dickerson, sam huff, ditka, joe montana, bruce smith
101
BRNIE PARRISH
102
Bernie Parish, He got the ball rolling.
103
maybe we will have 7, maybe 9 reps--but either way--PARRISH AND BOYD, THEN FILL THE VOID! seriously though, we have so any qualified candidates to join Bernie and Brent, we will kick some ass
104
They need to be connected to whats going on now. I'm not informed enough to name nominees.
105
Mike Ditka
106
3 from each group !
107
not sure
108
Mike Ditka, Sam Huff, Jerry Kramer,Gale Sayers, Brent Boyd,
109
Undecided
110
think outside the box, we have plentyof qualified people to become leaders. Brent Boyd, has earned his seat on the board, I think
111
Ditka, and NOT an all East Coast cabal. Many of us live out west or south. We want representation
112
we need nominations. Does this poll serve as nominations? in that case, ditka
113
Jim McGarland, Ben Lynch, Delvin Williams, Jim Marshall, gale Sayers
114
Jeff Nixon, Jim mcFarland, Ben Lynch, Merc Morris, Jim Marshall
115
Jim Marshal, Joe Kapp, Ditka, Boyd, Daryl Johnson
116
DITKA
117
ditka and Parrish
118
John Mccain, ditka, sayers, boyd and Parish
119
guys from each decade, and a wife or two (they know more then we do!)
120
Mike Ditka, Jeff Nixon, Jim McFarland, Delvin Williams, Cathy Smith,Ben Lynch and of course, an automatic seat for Brent Boyd!!
121
Sharon Hawkins, Jane Arnett, Gina Boyd, Cathy Smith, Dr. Eleanor Perfetto, Sylvia Mackay, and Brent Boyd - he's the wives' advocate!

for men- Ditka, Parrish, Boyd, Mercury Morris,Delvin Williams, Jim Marshall, Benjamin Lynch
122
someone from every generation
123
Merlin Olson, John Wooten, Jerry Kramer, Jim Ray Smith
124
Bernie Parrish started this and Mike Ditka made it a media issue
125
give me a list of choices
126
Ditka, and guys from different parts of the country
127
don't know yet, need more information
128
mike ditka
129
??? Good question. what are my choices? You should list possible candidates.
130
BERNIE PARHISH MIKE DITKA
131
Ron Mix
132
?
133
Brent BOYD's decency deserves him a spot. But our public face and voice should be Mike Ditka. We need to have the big names declare now who is willing and pick from there. If all we get is "B" listers, we might be wasting our time. we need someone who can hit it out of the park.
134
I'm not that smart
135
A C.E.O. & 4 or 5 board members also functioning as Regional Reps including the C.O.O.and C.F.O.

The leader should be the most ex-
perienced as one who specializes in the work planning, organizing,
leading & controlling the efforts of others and does so thru the systematic use of classified
knowledge, common vocabulary and
principles, and who subscribes to the standards of practice and code
of ethics established by our rec-ognized group. The leader should have a good basic understanding of labor law, pension and health care benefits. Additionally, he's got to be proficient litigator and
negotiator.

There is more I can add but I'm starting to run out of breath.
136
strong advocates who are willing to devote their time to this job for no money
137
Brunelli, Parisch, boyd,Little, Jackson, Fred Dryer, Howie Long

138
Roman Oben, Jim Marshall, Mike Ditka, Brent Boyd, Mike Pyle
139
Abner Haynes, Brent Boyd, Mike Ditka, Roman Gabriel, Jerry Kramer
140
Ditka and Boyd
141
Brent, you need to lead a fact finding expedition- see who is interstested in these jobs, and then poll us to see who fo them we want to repersent us. We may WANT Mike Ditka, but if he won't do it, we don't want to be stuck with a Bruce Laird to lead us!!!
142
2 from 60's, 2 from 70's and 80's, and Brent Boyd, plus a wife or 2
143
Jeff Nixon, Harry Jacobs, Mike Stratton,
Roman Gabriel, Bill Curry.
144
one from each era
145
Bernie Paris
Brent Boyd
146
Retired players from variuos walks of life;
doctor, medical teck, lawyer, someone on disabilty for some time, a wife or significant other who has been down the road with a retired player and knows the other side of the true story. It would probably be good to to have a retired player in the finance business world too involved.
147
active & retired players, and friends of our cause.
148
someone with experience, successful experience, in dealing with Congress (Ditka, Boyd), union and labor experts, financial advisor. a wife, a PR man
149
Dave Pear, Brent Boyd, Jim Marshall, Conrad Dobler, Gale Sayers, Delvin Williams
150
the question is, who wants these jobs? No pay and all of us bitching at them the whole way
151
union and labor attorneys, Hall of famers for media exposure, a wife, a disabled player who has been through the ringer
152
men and women of integrity, who Goodell can't get alone and buy them off one by one like our Alliance traitors
153
I don't know- who is in the running? can you hold official nominations next poll?
154
Tony Liscio (Dallas Cowboys)
155
Jon and Jane Arnett
156
anyone who is interested- please step forward and identify yourself
157
Ditka
158
Parrish, Ditka, Boyd
159
Ditka and Boyd
160
ditka and bernie parish
161
I would need to see a list of nominees, and confirm they want they job first
162
I worry more whether the losers will cooperate as with the democracy
163
a small group who will get things done for the good of the majority
164
don't know yet
165
Boyd and Parrish
166
Ben Lynch, Jeff Nixon, Jon Arnett
167
BRENT BOYD
168
jim mcfarland, vince ferragamo, roman gabriel
169
Ben Lynch, Lucious and Cathy Smith, Joe Kapp
170
BOB STEIN, STEVE WILSON, KENNY EASLEY
171
Mike Ditka, Gale Sayers, Abner Haynes, Mike Pyle, Bob Stein, Brent Boyd
172
ABNER HAYNES
173
Steve Wilson, Brandi Winans, Abner haynes, merc Morris,Brent Boyd, Jane Arnett
174
we need so much from so few. who is qualified might be different than who wants this thankless job. Next poll,let's define who the candidates are. (Brent, thanks fir these polls.)
175
KYLE TURLEY, MATT BIRK, GALE SAYERS, JIM MARSHALL, BRENT BOYD, MIKE DITKA, BEN LYNCH, ABNER HAYNES
176
Steve Wilson, Roman Oben, Brent Boyd, Ben Lynch, Gale Sayers, Mike Ditka, Abner Haynes
177
Brent Boyd, Kenny Easley,Bruce Laird, Jeff Nixon, Mike Ditka, Gale Sayers, Roman Oben, Bob Stein, Jon Arnett, Ben Lynch, Roman Gabriel, Joe Kapp, Ed white
178
Jerry Kramer, Sylvia Mackay, Abner Haynes, Roman Gabriel, Kenny Easley
179
Joe Paglie, Ralph Thomas, Ken Gray, Dan Pastorini, Carl Brettschneider
180
Please, Lord, provide us with men of decency, honesty and integrity, who will fight for us all, down to the slightest of us all. This Brent Boyd sounds like the type of fighter with honor that we need, I am sure we have plenty more who have the same and other qualities we seek. Help us, Lord, to find these men and women, and let them be willing to help in this time of need
Amen
181
no weak kneed kiss asses- guys who will stand strong and not flinch
182
KENNY EASLEY
183
Cal guys- Joe Kapp, Ed White, Ben Lynch---
184
Boyd, Ditka, and Parrish. what stronger trio could we ask for?
185
for my husband's sake and for all his aging friends, please at least put BRENT BOYD on the elected list. Yes, we need someone more famous to front the group, but Brent has been thru hell from the NFL, he tells it better than any other similar player, he's been homeless with a young son after being approved for his claim, hehid for years from embarrassment like Mike Webster, he came out and instantly from nowhere became our best spokesman. I think that ticks off our more "slick" east coast people who tried for years to accomplish what Boyd did in congress. Then, he started a 1 of a kind website DAF that also took care of wives, now he gives us online polling. If he HAS a critic, I DARE them to speak up, because us wives will respond in a way you won't like.
You know how us women can be, and we are grateful for Brent. Mess with him, you mess with US!
186
Jim Marshall, Brent Boyd, Kyle Turley
187
Abner, Bernie, Boyd, Ditka, Jim Marshall
188
Scott Turner

Survey Question # 15

1
Take players to lunch And tell them our history and that they will be like us some day.
2
sell them to the fact they are one play from being a retired player themself.

3
Anything is possible. What is the reason they should... whats in it for them. I would think that those who are leaders and older players... close to retirement is the best approach. A 23 year old thinks he is going to play for 20 years... a guy who has been in the league for 8 to 12 years is much closer to facing the day he has to give it up. But he is still a leader in the lockerroom.
4
key former players who have respect in their franchise city can speak to current players, but we must tone down the negative rhetoric or we will continue to fight an uphill battle
5
Ask them respectfully, I believe they will respond.
6
If we had representation and a voice it would help! Otherwise current players are so well paid, many remain unaware/interested!
7
they are too spoiled today--would they risk a year';s salary today to go on strike???HELL NO
8
Probably, we need contact information and a professional, organized forum.
9
Approach and have meetings in the off season. Need each of us to personally invite current players.Each meeting to have same agenda and discuss an agenda approved and coorindated by DAF
10
see who is willing, keep trying
11
leverage relationships to find a sympathetic ear
12
I believe that there are many athletes who would be in sympathy with us, but they are tied in to the existing system, and certainly have no conception they will eventually be on the discard pile. They could certainly learn from us, although they would have very little concept of what the game was when we played.

13
invite them
14
Solicit the current players' union reps to get 'buy in' from some of the current players.
15
Probably not. They are being poisoned by the NFLPA.
16
Given the chance, I think they'll listen.
17
Some existing players have displayed a sincere interest in trying to help the cause of retired players. Working through this group would be the most likely way to connect with other current players.
18
Maybe, but it will be up to the retired players. When I was playing we were never made aware of what those guys had been thru. Even now, Goodell and NFL management will do their best to make the active players think that they are doing everything they can to help us and that it is money out of their pocket if more is done. That is why we need to be totally separate from the current players
19
they could care less
20
propose a meeting
21
ask them
22
no answer
23
By sending a representative to the annual NFLPA meeting and requesting and subsequently being granted an opportunity to speak.
24
Let them know that they're one play away from being retired themselves.
25
we invite them to come talk w. their heroes - we must go to them - they're stuck in their own heads and we've got to get 'em out and looking around - they will retire someday too.
26
If they will listen, probably very senior players
27
they have no idea about life after football until they have a problem
28
Maybe get the sports media to put out an invitation for both groups to meet via Skype on an agreed time and day. Have two or three individuals from both groups (current and retired players) fielding calls or e-mails, answering as many as possible within an hours time. Maybe also have some sports writers involved in the question and answers.
29
I don't think it would be that difficult.
Ask them.
30
current players have been too "brainwashed" by Upshaw prooganda they wouldn't know the triuth if it hit em in the butt..see Drew Brees ignorantcomments
31
Have recent retired players to help sit-up
contacts with current player.
Retired coaches, etc.
32
I think current players would always like to here from the guys who came before them. I think you start with the player reps
33
The goals are different and the reality of what follows their careers makes it difficult to project needs they do not equate to
34
I think so.
35
There are a few players, current, that might listen to our plight. However, I remember when I was a young player. Not much interested except for immediate benefits of the time.
36
Persistence
37
It will be hard, but not impossible. I think if we could get an owner or two active in our cause, this would make the job a lot easier.
38
Arrange post season meetings
39
There must be some that have close contacts with current players
40
We must get information on the current players: phone numbers, email address, home address and solicit them to meet with us at someone's home or rent a room.
41
If Jesus himself comes back to force current players to understand what took us a lifetime to figure out
42
The current players must realize that they will be in our shoes one of these days.
43
have them read Linda Sanchez, have them tape Drew Brees mouth shut ( and get ridof that unforunate ugly growth on his face) Drew, most NFL retirees problems are no more their own fault then that "thing" on your face is your own fault. fix it and shut your mouth boy
44
do not know if possible.
45
Reach out to them and let them know what the futire has for them and what it has done to us.
46
Get the right leaders
47
Players have to already be established and insulated from any media/PR related backlash
48
Use current retired media types to suggest the format. Do a sitdown at a Marriot Hotel (Sam Huff) and do rotating tables of eight (three current players and five retired). Rotate every 15 minutes and cover diffrent topics at each table.
49
if curent players have core values, know where their paycheck came from..yes...but I KNOW none of todays players would risk their paychecks to go on strike , like we have done for their benefit several times.
spoiled brats like DREW BREES , F- drew
50
Petition older players. If they're smart, they will realize that they are one step away from us. Once we get one, we can use him to help us get others.
51
I think SOME would do so. Matt Birk
52
ask them. they don't quite understand that THEY will be inactive players, alot longer than they will be active players(hopefully)
53
It would have to be mandated by the NFLPA of NFL directly
54
I don't know
55
Need to arrange meetings with the local team reps for NFLPA with the local retired groups in each area of the country. This could be a start for exchanging of ideas and education of the issues on both sides.
56
I doubt it, but wish we could.
57
with media and congressional education to current players to overcome upshaw's brainwashing
58
Talk to those are supporting retired players today.
59
they are geing bad PR, keep it up, advocates! they need our unity with next CBA.
60
Most Likely.
61
Seek out NFLPA Steering Committe members!
62
Why...they are not doing anything for us??
63
I do not know but only after asking their leadership would we know if any such meetings would have any positive results.
64
Publicity
Shame
65
it will happen soon, mark my words. Plus, we canhelp them at table for CBA
66
Two players: one should be toward the end of their career and one should be younger.
67
very hard, but continued attempts need to be made
68
Having retired players from each NFL city set up meetings with current players .
69
recruit newely retired players and educate them
70
Through the nflpa
71
Have one preson from each team, not the current nflpa rep., but another indivdual who all he does is report to former players and relays that info. back to current players.
72
we must listen to them too- not lecture. These are good kids, they just don't really know the amount of suffering, Upshaw had them brainwashed.
73
they are us-we are them
74
guys we played with
75
Have Hall of Fame members talk to local active players to get cooperation and learn about the early years and sacrifices that made the league
76
Develop a Marketing Action Plan
(MAP) consisting of:
Goal:expressed in numerical terms
Objective:what you want to do and
how you want to do it.
Strategies: promotional programs
needed to accomplish objec-
tives.
Planned scheduled sequence of ac-
tion priorities

77
they need to understand who (retired players)got them where they are today, with salaries and their redirement it wasnot any doing of their own.
78
Determine motivational factors. If
you understand the basic motiva-
tions of the Active Players you're
in a better position to predict what they are willing to do, ie., what are his ambitions when he re-tires? What will his needs be and how will he achieve them?...B/4 we can do any of this, we must de-termine the NFLPA retirement plan
is... What incentive is needed to get a few of their key, respected players to sit down, talk and exchange ideas. People respond to incentives and our success in se-curing their attention will depend
on our providing the proper incentive so that Active Players will take time to meet with us.


79
curent players neeed us for the next CBA..we need them for our benefits..lets work together
80
Mutual respect comes to mind first. Try to find a player rep who will at least listen. Remember, it was the suit filed against the "Rozelle Rule", back in the 70"s, that created free agency and the salaries the current players have now. Research what happened to the original 26 reps and officers when that suit was won.
81
Continuly ask.
82
anything is possible...OBAMA
83
may have to do webcan to cover different areas of the United States to involve some that can not travel due to medical problems and also to keep costs in line. Most cities now have tele-conferences available.
84
Through our regional advocates and active .
85
Probably not - who cares about an old player who played 40+ years ago
86
CBA coming up, if we all are together the CBA will have a better outcome for current players
87
CBA
88
they are selfish- would they ever go on strike? no way
89
with events coming up, they need us more than we need them in many important repsects. current players woukd be foolish TO ANTAGONIZE REIREES. THEY MUST SELECT A COMPETENT EXEC DIRECTOR WHO PRIORITIZES RETIREES PROBLEMS
90
it is mutually of value, plus, we have goneon strike and risked it all so they could live the millioaire life. I don't begrudge their salaries one bit, but they need to honor those who are suffering today from sacficing yeseryear for the benfit of current players. and no, despite what you have been told, Upshaw did not do it, we did
91
once our board leaders are elected, the new NFLPA exec director should be in place
92
both sides have no choice..wait until we elect our team
93
we must learn from ech other- we are the family- not current players and the owners- soon, kids, you wil find yourself with us like it or not. we have much experience to pass on, you have new info to teach us
94
CBA- they can't be fighting with us, they'll be locked out w/o our support
95
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Survey Question # 16

If so, how?

1
congress will have force them every step of the way.
2
I don't think so... at least not until they have a mandate to have the retired players as part of their responsiblities.
3
get former players who are close with goodall/mgmt but are in synch with improving benefits for former players to carry the ball initially
4
We can figure it out, from our ranks we have those who can influence.
5
probably not as they are not motivated to do so.
6
Goodell is ALL PR
7
In a professional, organized forum with a list of solutions, not problems.
8
I believe we should also approach retired coaches to be members of DAF
9
no way to call this one, probably not until they are forced by active players
10
my guess is that they will want to avoid any more negative publicity on these issues; again having a solidly united and rational voice representing us is the key
11
Short of judicial pressure I don't see any hope of a few old guys in their 70's, with a lot of great memories, a social security check, some still working, fading health, and a really meagre NFL retirement check along with a real retirement built on their efforts after football. These guys are NOT our friends. To date all attempts to work with this Multi-billion dollar industry that we have lived, breathed, given our health and some lives for, does not care to reach back and bring us forward like the basketball and baseball leagues have done. JUST MAYBE, THE EFFORTS OF UNITIS AND LENNY MOORE, OF BERNIE PARISH AND OTHERS CAN GET US THE SAME ATTENTION AS THE GARMENT INDUSTRY, ETC.
12
invite them
13
Continue to press with media coverage and public outcry.
14
Congress
15
Getting people to sit down and discuss the issues isn’t the problem. Encouraging them to actually make policy changes is the real issue. The NFL and the NFLPA are BIG business and we need a big lever if we want to move them in a specific direction. I think Congress is our big lever and anything we can do to keep Congressional pressure on both the NFL and NFLPA to provide the type of lasting assistance offered by other professional leagues/unions is our best course of action.
16
It will take an Act of Congress, with stipulations on what needs to be accomplished at the meeting, before it will be a worthwhile.
17
call him
18
tell him
19
if so it will not help
20
I think that they would meet as long as the objectives for the meeting we laid out in advance and the ownership recognizes that the group has a unified voice and are speaking for everyone. There needs to be a proposal that is reasonable and helpful to all the retired players.
21
Through WINNING LAWSUITS and pressure from Congress.
22
they will fight us till we all die
23
They won't have a choice if we're united and have a good PR campaign
24
we have been talking/stalling for years
can we tell the world exactly what is going on it is only money not faith
25
Again, using Skype technology.
26
The owners would need a reason for helping us more than they are. Goverment ??
Fans ?? Media ??
27
Goodell won't play fair- he will only speak with his own hand-picked stooges, like the Alliance, which he picked our reps for us
28
not to sure about this one. my first instinct is to say no. not sure there is a lot of concern from owners about former players.
29
By treatening legal movement towards the validity of Anti Trust that they, the NFL, do not qualify for
30
Anything's possible.
31
I believe that with current health findings, Goodell and owners would want to sit down and get this monkey off their back.
32
Again, if some of the owners would back us up on this our chances would increase considerably.
33
Contact them
34
Not sure if they'll listen, but they would probably meet for PR purposes.
35
Jesus would have to bring a team of attorneys, and then MAYBE Goodell will give a sincere crap about the guys who built the game
36
Goodell only, not owners
37
Goodell is not interested, nor was Upshaw, in letting retirees elect their own reps--he will never acknowledge our existence until congress , fans and sponsors force him to do it
38
If enough pressure is applied through the
media and federal government.
39
Get the right leaders
40
They will have if we have the support of the media as an established organization.
41
Not until we have some leverage over them
42
Contack Ralph Wilson
43
Goodell only talks to those he appoints to talk to him. He us a privileged Senator's son, has no idea what we are suffering
44
If forced by COngress or bad PR
45
goodell is a jerk, he hopes we die
46
?
47
it's in their best interests to do so. the league was built on positive pr. public sentiment is on our side and they need to rectify the situation or the negative pr will start to hurt them, and their bottom line.
48
Through legal action, by congress directing them to do so.
49
make it unseemly not too or go to the press.
50
Yes to sit dowm but just maybe for the listening part
51
As long as we are one large group with leaders that can speak for all retired players on these 2 important issues(pension and disability)and has the power of media if needed. Owners hate bad PR and with that threat we should be able to get an audience.
52
Just being honest. I don't think they care.
53
goodell, like the so called alliance that he appointed,not appointed by retirees ourselves only talks to who he chooses. Heaven forbid he must talk with someone who knows the issues and has the guts to tell the emperor he is wrong
54
We need three or Five strong leaders and work thru Congress for support and then request owners/managment to talk. They may tell us to go to hell as always.
55
Mr. Goodell has had plenty of time, he has said a lot, but actually done very little for retirees. The Honeymoon is over. Just like when we played, we'd better see RESULTS, not PR announcements
56
Maybe goodell but nothing will happen.
57
see No. 9.


58
get current active player
59
That would be the most important reason for us to create an independent organization.
60
I don't know. I have written Mr.Goddell and personally visited with him concerning some matters and found him rather receptive to my thoughts.
61
congress, Linda Sanchez can't get goodell to appear at the House Judiciary. He will avoid any meeting that's not fixed his way
62
Publicity
Shame
63
Goodell probably doesn't meet with his wife with any respect. good thing for her her dad was also a senator and she has money.
64
They do not want any more bad publicity. We need to create a new atmosphere once the dust settles from this settlement.
65
go to media and "embarass" them into it
66
We need to keep focus in the media on and Anti-trust exemptions and Congressional hearings .
67
same as above
68
Set aside time at the owners meetings where the subject is only retiree problems, and make attendance mandatory. Godell could get this done and no more than 3 retired player could represent us at these meetings.
69
Roger gets out of a House Judiciary subpoena,- he won't bother meeting with players HE didn't hand pick
70
guys that have close relationships with these guys
71
Continue dialogueing with older team owners and new owners retirees
72
We first have to show that we mean
business by gaining the coopera-
tion the HouseJuditiaryCommittee and exploit any NFL's violation of
their Anti-Trust Exemptions. See survey questionair #2 and get the
HJC to hold the NFL's feet to the fire regarding the CRS report. See Survey Questionair #2!
73
Only if it is one voice, big and loud. If not he's not listening
74
Gooddell has already espressed a desire to meet with us and has. will he act on what he has heard?
75
Yes, but first...see questionair
#2
76
Goodell can kiss my Florida Gator ass
77
Keep requesting meetings, go to the current players for help to convince Goodell to listen. Invite friendly press members along.
78
I would hope so but then retired players do not bring in the bucks so they may say their time is very limited for retirees.
79
We should
80
goodell won't speak with us unless he picks who talks with him
81
he is arrogant and surrounds self with yes men
82
Does Goodell listen to his own wife? Mother? I doubt it ( I don't know if his mother is living, apologies if not-but you get the point) he is a snot nosed spoiled senators son
83
Goodell will talk to money. Until we have money or threaten his stash, he won't listen. Yes, I give him credit for his meetings, but not reading the ist of statements given to Brent boyd shows us right there that he never meant a word of it, it was his PR genius
84
pfttttttttttt
85
no way, we have seen his "listening skils" which lead to lobbying Congress to tell them he took action. Roger, kiss our.....
86
his record speaks for itself- he is not new to the job, he just doesnt DO his job
87
being persistent.

 

Survey Question # 17

Additional Comment:

1
Keep reaching out
2
While trying to think this through I realized I am uminformed as to how many groups are suppose to be representing the former NFL players. We should find out how many are out there and how they are financed and if we pay them withdray our finances and then form our own representative. If we are forced to deal with those groups get some one like Mike Ditka who doesn't horse areound. Until further information is available I an not sure how much this questionaire is of value. CD
3
What have you been doing? It would seem to me that you need to get some people who know how to market... and start a campaign with some follow up... listing the reasons. You will probably need to do a mail campaign as well... because many of the older guys might not have email.
4
i am president of the nfl alumni, ct chapter and i replied at one point with a list of our members' email addresses but i don't know if they are now receiving these messages---we need to receive a list of the former players we are reaching
5
All Advocates should place names that they recieve on a Master List
6
Some don't have E-mail addresses, only US Postal addresses.
7
I will forwar this to others. are we inviting coaches?
8
May God bless our efforts
9
BRENT BOYD FOR PRESIDENT!!
10
Posting an “enrollment” form that can be printed would be helpful. While we assume everyone is electronically connected, I’m sure there are plenty of former NFL players that do not make regular use of the internet or email. I would also suggest requesting a list of retired player chapter presidents from the NFLPA are reach out to them.
11
I think that Harry Jacobs in Buffalo has an extensive database of former Bills.
12
Glad to help where I can
13
I am busy rasing money for my local high school college students through mc4a
BUT I will email all on my list and ask them to get involved
14
There are a lot of retiries that don't have the privalge of internet access due to being homeless, lack of funds, or computer illiteracy. How would we contact them?
15
sure, most of the guys I run across are very active however....
16
Although, I haven't been in touch with very many retired players.....
17
There are many in the Austin area. I'll make a concerted effort to make sure they are on the list.
18
I am more of a follower than a leader, but I will help out wherever I can. Jim Boeke
19
I see where to send your infoon the dignity after footbsall site- our best site by the way- send or mail your names to them
20
This is all new to me, so I really don't know anything to add that would be helpful.
21
I've already emailed some of the former players that I know
22
I'm sorry, but with the current state of the economy I have to concentrate on my business. I will help where I can.
23
DO THIS THROUGH THE NFL ALUMNI ASSN.
AND NFLPA RETIRED
24
Thank you for what you are trying to do. I am all for it and will help any way you think I can. Ken Frost
25
Maybe
26
Yes if the right people are in place. This can nopt be a self serving group.
27
An "umbrella group" does not tell me enought about this group. Are we presently trying to influence whom the five final candidates for NFLPA Exec. Dir. will be?
28
Yes - email me the present list and I will hopefully be able to add to that list.
29
I will help sign up friends for this online poll that Boyd started. I don't think I can get enough support to travel anywhere
30
registered with whom? Laird and others to fil my emails with redundant news artick=les; or- agroup bent on making a big change ( an I don't mean in Laird's makeup or wardrobe, althoggI amthankful for his work
31
but with caution. see question # 4
32
I am very new to the computer but will try to help in any way I can
33
In response to 16, Mike Ditka is well respected, media saavy, and is an active voice for the retirees
34
I am not in touch with many of my former teammates but have sent your emails on to those that I have contact with. Hopefully everyone is doing the same.
35
we trust Boyd, he has kept our letters secret always in the past. Only if Boyd is in charge of this email list will I help.
36
NFL Alumni meetings. We need to gain access to one or more of their meetings and make a presentation, tell them what we're doing and encourage them to join us to build a bigger and better Retiree group for the benefit of all players. both active and retired
37
when there is a real new group for them to register with
38
I think when most retirees hear about what is in the works, most will respond.
39
don't know anyone
40
If possible I would,
41
We need to find out who's not on the list and get them signed up.
42
eliminate the chaos and competition, rally behind Boyd's leadership until the group is formed
43
will do my best

 

 

 

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