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July 25, 2011

ALL RETIREES MUST SEND EMAIL AGREEING WITH THIS LETTER

ALL LETTERS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO COURT IN ELLER ET AL VS NFL CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT, WE WANT A SAY IN OUR BENEFITS, NOT JUST ACCEPT CRUMBS THEY GAVE US IN THE CBA

>>>click here to read list of Hall of Famers asking you to sign; email me at bboyd62@aol.com immediately, simply state your name, teas, years played, and that you read and agree with the letter<<<

 

 

 

 

July 7, 2011

Colts Hall of Famer John Mackey dies

( the late legendary tight end John Mackay pulls in a Johnny Unitas pass in full stride...RIP John )

 

We are heart-broken to bring you this news...   May God Bless, Rest in Peace, John. Our thoughts and prayers go out to a very special lady and friend, Sylvia Mackay.

Our sincere condolences, from the Boyd's and the family at DIGNITYAFTERFOOTBALL.ORG   Baltimore Colts Hall of Famer John Mackey dies

(AP) – 4 hours ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — John Mackey, the rugged Hall of Fame tight end and union president who later fought for stronger health benefits of retired players and struggled with dementia, has died. He was 69.

Mackey's wife notified the team about her husband's death, Baltimore Ravens spokesman Chad Steele said Thursday. No official cause was given.

Mackey played for the Baltimore Colts from 1963-71, and helped the team beat the Dallas Cowboys in the 1971 Super Bowl by catching a pass from Johnny Unitas after it deflected off two other players for a 75-yard touchdown.

( Pictured in 1970, then-NFLPA president John Mackey (right) talks with then-Giants quarterback Fran Tarkenton (left) and Rams QB Roman Gabriel (center-Gabriel is today a Board member of DIGNITYAFTERFOOTBALL.ORG) before a news conference to discuss issues between the NFLPA and team owners. Mackey became president of the players union in 1970 and paved the way for several pension and free-agency benefits. )

 

 

---FOR FULL MACKAY STORY, CLICK HERE---

 

June 2011

DIGNITYAFTERFOOTBALL.ORG, THE HISTORIC GRASSROOTS NFL PLAYERS ADVOCACY GROUP, IS ANNOUNCING OUR NEW EMPHASIS AND ASKING FOR YOUR HELP.  WE PIONEERED THE NFL RETIREE WEBSITE, IT WAS A YEAR BEFORE THE SECOND SITE WAS FULLY OPERATIONAL, WE CONCIEVED THE IDEA OF THE "INDEPENDENT" PLAYER (WE HAVE NO DICTATOR, EVERYONE SAYS WHAT THEY FEEL).

NOW, WE ARE IN CRUCIAL TIMES. A NEW CBA IS ABOUT TO BE SIGNED, AND WHATEVER BENEFITS ARE WRITTEN FOR US INTO THAT CBA ARE WHAT WE MUST LIVE WITH. SO, BEFORE THOSE BENEFITS ARE NEGOTIATED, WE NEED TOEDUCATE FANS AND CELEBRITIES TO OUR PLIGHT, AND PUT PRESSURE ALONG WITH OURSELVES ON THE NFL/NFLPA TO MAXIMIZE OUR RETIREE BENEFITS

TOWARDS THAT GOAL, WE HAVE SITES ON FACEBOOK, MY HOME SITE, A "CAUSES SITE WITH OVER 5,100 MEMBERS, AND JUST CREATED A NEW "GROUP" PAGE TO CONSOLIDATE. IT IS INTERACTIVE, LIKE A REGULAR HOMEPAGE- ANYONE CAN POST OPINIONS, PICS, ETC.  bETWEEN OUR bOARD MEMBERS AND GOOD FRIENDS OF DAF, WE HAVE OVER 100,000 FACEBOK FRIENDS..OUR JOB, YOUR JOB, IS TO EDUCATE THEM AND HAVE THEM SPEAK UP FOR US.

THE LINKS ARE--

BRENT BOYD'S HOMEPAGE-

http://www.facebook.com/brent.boyd2

AND, MOST IMPORTANT, THE NEW GROUP PAGE WHERE EVERYONE CAN SOUND OFF!

https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_128433637231054

 

Thanks for helping us to help you! join now, be a part of this process or don't complain if we get crumbs again for benefits...Brent Boyd

 

 

 

 May 16, 2011

DAF MEETS WITH LEADERS OF OTHER ADVOCACY GROUPS, URGES UNITY BY NFL RETIREES AND GROUPS!

Carl Eller #81

LEADERS MEET WITH CARL ELLER & ATTORNIES IN MINNEAPOLIS SUNDAY

The largest collective group of representatives of retired NFL players ever assembled met  Sunday May 15 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and unanimously supported the class action litigation brought by retired NFL players against the League and its member clubs that is now pending before Judge Susan Nelson in federal court in Minneapolis.      

Among those present were the following:      

Carl Eller  

Irv Cross  

Brent Boyd
Nolan Harrison  

Tony Davis
Jim McFarland  

Jeff Nixon
Dave Pear
Bob Stein  

Shawn Stuckey (retired NFL player and attorney for the Eller class)      

Among those represented and expressing support but not able to be present: Mike Ditka

>>>click here for details<<<

 

 

May 10, 2011

 

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May 8, 2011

LUCIOUS SMITH WRITES TO NFL RETIREES & THEIR WIVES

(click to enlarge picture)

 

<<<CLICK HERE FOR LETTER FROM  LUCIOUS SMITH<<<

 

 

May 5, 2011

UPSHAW THE MAN DIED, BUT HIS LEGACY OF CAUSING NFL RETIREES UNNECCESSARY SUFFERING LIVES ON!

NFL retiree's struggle with below poverty pensions (for the last time- not today's millionaires, but the old guys who built the league and made you fall in love w/NFL on black and white TV- players from 1950's-80's)One deceased retired player was head of our CORRUPT union and amassed a fortune..his will left 16.7 MILLION to his wife..where did this money come from?WHY ARE NFL RETIREES SUFFERING?

Why did Upshaw call retirees "dogfood" and refuse about every disability claim, leaving his teammates to live under bridges, commit suicide, while he had at least two mansions, several luxury cars,

AND HAD $16.7 MILLION TO LEAVE HIS WIFE IN HIS WILL?   Too many NFL retires must eat that dogfood to stay alive, the corrupt NFLPA are like a movie version of corrupt union bosses.

from Washington Post

By Tom Jackman, Published: May 4

 

"Gene Upshaw’s $15 million fund sparks suit, ex-players’ anger"

>>>>click here for Washington Post Article<<<

 

 

April 25, 2011

 

(In 1999, I wandered into Dr. Amen's office in Fairfield, Ca after having flown up from San Diego. I did not go for disability purtposes, I was just sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. My doctors had read some books written by Dr. Amen and suggest HE was the Dr. I needed to say, Fast forward a decade- no players had seen Dr Amen in the interim, suddenly his proven sciendtific techniques became known to NFL retires (I had been touting Dr. Amen fo years; to this day in April 2011, the NFL fights Dr. Amen's work in US District court Baltimore, while at same time encouraging retirees to see Dr. Amen for an examination. You can imagine my frustration.

Now, Bradshaw, who has ben conpsicuously quiet re: disability, pensions and retiree issues, turned into Dave Duerson...when THEIR concussions became too much, they FINALLY acted. (I was in charge of who would testify at Congress, we BEGGED Bradshaw to at least make a statement, but he declined!)  Until then,  we who suffered effects of concussions were slackers- including apparently Bradshaw's own center Mike Webster. Dr. Amen, for over a decade, Dr. Amen has been a good doctor and friend to me. The following article is from Dr. Amen's website, April 25, 2011---thanks and love to all--Brent Boyd)

 

Hall-of-Fame Quarterback, Terry Bradshaw Speaks Publically About Visit to Amen Clinic

 

>>>click here for Bradshaw article<<<

 

 

April 6, 2011

. This is a story that helped begin the anger and revolution vs both NFL/NFLPA, especially the corrupt NFL Disability Board ( as evidenced recently by Dave Duesron denying ALL CLAIMS RE: CONCUSSIONS, FIGHTING ME VERBALLY ON THE SENATE FLOOR THAT FOOTBALL CONCUSSIONS could not CAUSE PROBLEMS...THEN, THE DEMONS OF HIS OWN CONCUSIONS MADE HIM KILL HIMSELF. (having said that, we can't help but OFFER SINCERE HEARTFELT condolences to his  family and loved ones, and our thoughts and prayers are with them..to the Duerson's- if you ever need anything, please contact us!)

Garrett Webster, Mike's son, is my hero and saviour, by hearing his words re: his dad, it sounded exactly like my symptoms...I did not know Webster was even having problems, Upshaw made sure we were all misinformed and divided.

>>>READ MIKE WEBSTER'S STORY BY CLICKING HERE<<<

 

 

May 30, 2011

No particular reason, no tie in to any story here, but I haven't seen or heard from my friends Lucious and Kathy Smith...here's my call out to you---send me an email!

 

March 26,2011

NFLPA ‘disrespectful’ in retiree meeting

                        By Alex Marvez, Senior NFL Writer FOXSports.com  Mar 26, 2011

Excerpts-

"The lines of communication between the two largest advocates for retired NFL players probably won’t stay open for long.

For the first time since both took office, the executive directors for the NFL Players Association (DeMaurice Smith) and NFL Alumni Association (George Martin) met earlier this week at the former’s annual meeting in Marco Island, Fla. But while Martin claimed Friday on Sirius NFL Radio that positive developments came from the session, he painted a far more negative picture privately.

In an NFL Alumni Association memo obtained by profootballtalk.com, Martin described the atmosphere of his meeting with the NFLPA as “very defiant, accusatory, and outright disrespectful.” Martin also bemoaned the fact he didn’t get the one-on-one meeting with Smith that he had hoped. Among those in the NFLPA contingent was Smith as well as a host of the association’s retired player advocates.

News of Martin’s scathing criticism of the NFLPA — combined with praise for the response of NFL owners in the memo will likely halt any further dialogue for the immediate future. (end- emphasis added to this remarkable admission by George Martin)"

>>>click here or above for full article<<<

by Brent Boyd

After reading this, I am sickened, even though I knew NFL Alums were in the owners' pocket. "

"News of Martin’s scathing criticism of the NFLPA — combined with praise for the response of NFL owners in the memo — will likely halt any further dialogue for the immediate future.".....ARE YOU KIDDING ME?tHERE IS NO EXPLANATION AS TO WHY mARTIN PRAISES THE OWNERS BECAUSE...WELL.. THERE is no reason TO PRAISE OWNERS OTHER THAN TO KEEP FUNDS FOR THE NFL Alums coming.

On the  other side we have a NFLPA team already found guilty in US District Court  of NOT representing us, in fact stealing from us--and the same losing lawyers of that SF trial are now leading CBA negotiations. De Smith is non-responsive to retirees (unles they are there to kiss his... ring). Let's face it, unless we speak up loud and together, WE , NFL RETIREES, ARE SCREWED! Luckily, DAf has always loked forward and been your trendsetters -we've been gathering a storm among fans and celebrities on FACEBOOK,  they wil not sit still unless retirees are taken care of.

join us at the gateway-  http://www.facebook.com/brent.boyd2  YOUR truths and stories are well timesd now for maximum effect- join, write, tell your stories please!

Obviously, we have no one currently at the CBA table with our interests in mind....what do we do?  WHO CAN WE TRUST???

                                                            OURSELVES!

We all built DAf- the first NFL modern website, the group who's grassroots beginnings gave birth to the term "INDEPENDENT" retiree being borrowed all over--DAF was built through an unexpectedly large grassroots, organic, indepedent phenonomenom, not an individual's ego.

The result? We learned how to capitalize on new internet technology to inform and organize, as we were the first site...Three Congressional hearings that changed our lives in our "game changing" year 2007. Including a Senate hearing that DAF was solely responsible for placing on the Senate calendar.

Those hearing began the process of educating Congress, media, and fans as to the mistreatment of the heroes & bricklayers who built this NFL into what it is now- corrupt billionaires pushing all business costs, liabilies, medical care (thru Medicare) for retirees, palaces (stadiums) as their business offices built by taxpayers! If not for interference of a rogue group of retirees at last minute in April 2008, we were very close to MONUMENTAL changes ordered by Congress...

DAF got a speech by the Senate LEADER on the Senate floor!, dedicated to Brent Boyd, the 1st & only time our issues have ever ben discussed on the floor of either House!;

I coined & copyrighted the phrase "DELAY DENY, AND HOPE THEY DIE",which became and has remained our battlecry. 

DAF INTRODUCED THE POPULAR ONLINE POLLS, SO ALL VOICES COULD BE HEARD..

DAF concieved and initiated the concept of retired Player "SUMMITS", but corruption, deceipt, and gun threats by our own side made it not worth our effort- and karma has taken over with failures at first two "summits" and waiting for reports on the IFV congerence this past weekend....

So where are we? Back to our roots by trusting and participating in DAF. It is YOUR group! We have a Board that is of the highest quality and character as any you will find in any industry---Roman Gabriel, Joe Kapp, Kenny Easley, one of original owners of Saints Mary Mecom, Alicia Kramer, daughter of Jerry Kramer; Big Ed White, Greg Koch (member GB HOF), Neal Olkewicz (3 SB rings w/Skins; one of America's most highly decorated  combat Marines in Vietnam and since retirement the largst fundraiser for project aiding returning Marines, and especialy wounded Marines, Soldiers, sailors, Col. Jack Kelly USMC RET., and myself Pres/Founder, Brent Boyd.

follow us here, even donate please, as we rebuild this website, but to be most effective, join us on Facebook and let fans know the truth--again, gateway link is http://www.facebook.com/brent.boyd2

Come home, pitch in, we've got our work to do!!

 

 

 

 

March 21, 2011

"MUST READ" POWERFUL TRUTHS IN LETTER FROM HALL OF FAMER Joe Delameliuerre

an excerpt....

"Vested retired players have earned a livable pension and should receive compensation yearly at least equal to the minimum amount current players get yearly for the use of their images. Why shouldn’t a vested retired player receive $10,000 a year per season played in the NFL? This would give dignity to retired players and take the burden from their families for their care as they age. Put a stop to the “delay, deny, and hope they die” tactics that have gone on too long. 

Help us. We certainly helped owners and player alike. The league was built on our backs. With 9 Billion + dollars……… figure it out."  

 

>>click here to read joe's letter<<

 

 

March 13, 2011

---quote from President Lincoln---

" I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong."

--- ABRAHAM LINCOLN

----from Brent, I have dedicated my life to beating the NFL/NFLPA's corrupt business practices; and giving retirees proper pensions, disability, health insurance, and DIGNITY. iT'S NOT ALWAYS EASY FINDING HONEST SELFLESS FOLKS TO DEAL WITH!

 

 

 

March 12, 2011

NFL Lockout: How NFL Lockout Could Benefit Football in America

By Patrick Mangum

"

The NFL negotiations reached the lockout phase at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, Mar. 11. For me, I think about two scenarios. An NFL with replacement players and a new league with former NFL players. I think it's obvious which one of those alternatives holds the most bargaining weight.

A new league with former NFL players is much more exciting than the old league with replacement players. It would be interesting to see how both situations would play out. I could imagine some players would go back to the old league eventually. Maybe a two-league professional football scene isn't a bad idea"

>>>click below or in above paragraph to read this article<<<

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 09:  National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA) executive director DeMaurice Smith talks with the media following meetings at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building for extended labor negotiations March 9, 2011 in Washington, DC. Representatives from the National Football League (NFL) and National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA) continue to negotiate a labor dispute during a 7 day extension of talks.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

 

 

March 3, 2011

DR. DANIEL AMEN'S NEWLY PUBLISHED RESEARCH IN PRESTIGIOUS The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences

http://amenclinics.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c53e225bb4f7c1230b0a4c12b&id=afa51a46dd&e=kvHwxKPJEu

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Amen Clinics scores big with NFL study

As you may know, over the past two years, our research team here at the Amen Clinics has been performing the world’s largest brain imaging study on active and retired professional football players.

All of that hard work has come to fruition. Our study “Impact of Playing Professional American Football on Long Term Brain Function” has been published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience.

This study shows a very serious level of brain trauma in a high percentage of players. I am very proud of this study and think it is an important piece in getting the NFL to stop denying that playing professional football causes long-term brain damage.

But I have to admit that it’s the second part of this study that is most exciting to me. Our research team is now conducting a brain rehabilitation study to see if the damaged brains of football players can be rehabilitated.

I am so thrilled to say that our preliminary results are astounding. Many players originally came to see me with dementia, depression, and obesity. But after putting them on our brain healthy program, the same one you will find in my new book The Amen Solution, many have made extraordinary progress.
 
One of player lost 107 pounds in 7 months and experienced improvement with his dementia.

One player lost 110 pounds and his brain scans showed dramatic brain improvement.

CLICK BELOW TO READ RESEARCH ARTICLE

 

click here for prestigious research published by Dr. Daniel Amen, th doctor who first correctly diagnosed Boyd in 1999.

Dr. Daniel Amen's reserarch published in  The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences    

 

 

 

 

March 3, 2011

Duerson not only lost his cool and argued with Boyd in Senate hearing-he argued concussions COULD NOT cause disability- he also had the poor judgment of challenging, loudly, to fight the reat Sam Huff (above) inside the hallowed US House Judiciary hearing room just after Boyd's testimony that day also...

‘Dave Duerson Knew Nothing About Concussions and Players’ Best Interests’ – My Exclusive Interview With Ex-Minnesota Viking Brent Boyd

by Irvin Muchnick

The suicide of former National Football League star and fallen business titan Dave Duerson has ricocheted through the media as a wake-up call on the American sports concussion crisis.

But one of Duerson’s chief adversaries over the years – retired Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Brent Boyd, himself a concussion victim and head of an advocacy group for disabled ex-players – has a different perspective.

In a lengthy telephone interview on Wednesday night, Boyd portrayed Duerson as a management lackey – full of bluster about the player disability claims he helped adjudicate on an NFL committee, generally hostile to players’ interests, and out of control at a 2007 Congressional hearing that explored these issues.

Boyd began our conversation by extending sympathy to Duerson’s family. “No matter what my differences were with Dave, this is a terrible tragedy, and family comes first. My heart goes out to his loved ones,” Boyd said.

But Boyd held little back in his criticism of Duerson’s post-career NFL work. Specifically, Boyd added much detail to a New York Times story this week, which reported:

<<<click here for article>>>

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Feb. 22, 2007

A Suicide, a Last Request, a Family’s Questions

By ALAN SCHWARZ

New York Times

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/23/sports/football/23duerson.html?_r=2&hpw

 

DAVE DUERSON COMMITS SUICIDE

DAF EXTENDS IT'S DEEPEST REGRETS AND CONDOLENCES TO THE DUERSON FAMILY. WE HAVE EXPERIENCED OUR SHARE OF LOSING LOVED ONES LAST YEAR, AND OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO YOUR FAMILY.

Having said that, as one of our three supposed "advocates on the NFL Disability Board and having a valuable vote- one of only six- dave has been responsible for countless suicudes, homelessness, hopelessness, despair and destitution. He kept tellimg ME he would never vote to approve a disability claim for concussions/head injury.

As Alan Schwarz astu8tely points out, as I was testifying to the Senate Commerce on sept. 18, 2007, Dave initiaited a heated exchange. Basically saying we were fakers ( all of us w/ serious problems from concussions) and Dave had the balls to continuously compare my diagnosis at age 49 of dementia/Alzheimer's as no different than his 89 yr old father, who proudly worked for GM.

The NFL considers 49 years old not to be a red flag, no differnt than folks in their 90's having dementia? Remeber, the NFL is swearing under oath, today, in U.S. District Court Baltimore that "concussions COULD NOT case headaches!!!"

I would think, considering the scarcity of real journalism we see in sports, that these facts would be esential for the media to cover aggresively.

"In 2007, two Congressional committees held hearings into whether the disability board was unfairly denying benefits. Duerson testified before the Senate Commerce Committee alongside Brent Boyd, a former Minnesota Vikings lineman whose depression and cognitive impairment had been ruled unrelated to his playing career, therefore warranting significantly lower benefits. Duerson did get into a testy exchange when Boyd, then 50, asserted that his condition — and that of other players with dementia — was caused by football.

“In regards to the issue of Alzheimer’s, my father’s 84, and, as I had mentioned earlier, Senator, spent 30 years at General Motors,” Duerson said, according to the hearing transcript. “He also has — he also has Alzheimer’s and brain damage, but never played a professional sport.”

 

more to come, and join the discussion with all of us and fans  on FACEBOOK at

http://www.facebook.com/brent.boyd2

or our FACEBOOK "CAUSES page--

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Feb 22, 2007

THANK YOU TONY JANETTO! this was one of my "famous" plays- linemen don't get many - and I've never seen a pic. I chased down from behind Bear's Gary Fencik, a #62 shouldn't chase down a speedy #45- we intercepted them next play, won 13-7, won division by 1 game! Bud Grant called it in papers 'the greatest play he had ever seen!" Bud wasn't big on gushing... thanks so much TJ!

 

Feb. 7, 2011

Just How Dumb Does Roger Goodell Think We Really Are?

nfl.fanhouse.com

By Terence Moore National Columnist

Roger Goodell

 

 

 

‎" He spoke for 47 minutes, and to hear NFL commissioner Roger Goodell tell it on Friday inside the Sheraton Conference and Exposition Center, up is down, the cow really did jump over the moon and "American Idol" will get replaced by "I Love Lucy" reruns." 

 ‎""Actually, that was the league's version of Pravda, with the commissioner as its designated spokesperson. He kept suggesting, for instance, that the owners need a new labor deal, because the current one is sending them closer to the nearest soup kitchen.
This is despite the fact that NFL television ratings are at their highest level in decades. Plus, ticket prices have risen faster than the national deficit, and the league never has been more profitable."

click here or anywhere above for article and video of Goodell's interview

or see DAF's FACEBOOK site-

http://www.facebook.com/brent.boyd2

 

 

Feb.5, 2011

RETIRED NFL PLAYERS make our OWN Super Bowl commercial, to counter the false BS commercials being aired by NFL & NFLPA. Be among first to preview our commercial here- you can view today or months from now.

 We want our rightful benefits, as written in our contract but denied everytime by loopholes found by NFL's $multi-million "dream team" of atty's-GET US PAID is a response to union's LET US PLAY ad.

NFL WON'T SELL US A SPOT ON TV, THIS IS A GRASSROOTS "PEOPLE'S MOVEMENT", USING YOUTUBE- push our YOUTUBE numbers out of sight!!!  pls spread around and get this viral!!! Make this YOUR project, your COMMERCIAL... BE PART OF HISTORY!

Get Us Paid

        All these new expensive commercials from the NFLPA about Let Us Play and Let It Air. All retired players want is to finally get paid what they’re long overdue: Fair pensions and access to their earned disability benefits. Thanks to all who participated in creating this great commercial! The ad features Steve Smith, Conrad Dobler, Wayne Hawkins (thanks, Sharon), Brent and Gina Boyd, Dave Pear & Robert Lee among many.  . (click anywhere for video)

Get Us Paid

www.youtube.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBG8QTtftGg&feature=autofb

 

Feb. 3, 2011

MEMBER OF FAMILY THAT WAS ORIGINAL OWNERS OF NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, MARY ELIZABETH MECOM, JOINS BOARD OF DIGNITYAFTERFOOTBALL, AND ALL NFL RETIREES REGARDLESS OF AFFILIATION, IN EXPOSING NFL CORRUPTION AND FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE, ENDING THE MISTREATMENT AND CRUELTY, AND  GIVING DIGNITY FOR ALL NFL RETIREES

 Brent,

I do consider this an honor and will do all I can to help you and countless other players.

My Best,

Mary Elizabeth

FOLLOWING IS MARY'S PRESS RELEASE--

Mary Elizabeth Mecom

 

 from Mary Elizabeth Mecom Hahnfeld-

As the daughter of John W.Mecom, Jr., founder and former owner of the New Orleans Saints, Mary Elizabeth Mecom Hahnfeld is honored to be invited to serve on the board for Dignity after Football. She is proud to have an opportunity to work on behalf of the outstanding pioneers of professional football who shaped the National Football League.

Mary Elizabeth grew up among many of these honorable men who gave their hearts and souls to the game. “I grew up watching football and considered the players family,” Mary Elizabeth says. “There was criticism that we were too close to the players and that those relationships affected my father’s success as a team owner.  It is true we were very close to the players and still are. My family has paid for numerous players to get the medical help they need for problems resulting from injuries sustained in their playing days.”

“These players were upstanding role models for so many young athletes, and they gave me and America so much, that now I feel it is time for me to give back to them. They may be retired and out of public view, but they play on in our memories and in countless game films which continue to entertain America and the world.”

(end quote)

 

DAF is eternally grateful to Mary, and thanks to Greg Koch for finding her and enlisting her help. You will hear much from Mary in the weeks to come

 

Jan.9, 2011

 

CONRAD DOBLER AND BRENT BOYD GO LIVE ON VIDEOINTERVIEW WITH SPORTSTALKNY

(SEGMENT BEGIND APPROX 30 MINUTES IN TO THE SHOW...)

THEY "SHINE THE LIGHT OF TRUTH ON NFL OPERATIONS, SOMETHING NFL CANNOT ENDURE (the light of truth forces NFL/NFLPA execs toscatter like cockroaches and go into hiding, hiding behind lawyers...),

DOBLER & BOYD BLOW WHISTLE ON NFL CORRUPTION AND GREED - DON'T MISS...

click below for Dobler and Boyd in New York,,,

TALKUSA SPORTSTALKNY 01/09/11 07:55PM, TALKUSA SPORTSTALKNY 01/09/11 07:55PM TALKUSA on USTREAM. Baswww.ustream.tvTALKUSA SPORTSTALKNY 01/09/11 07:55PM:TALKUSA SPORTSTALKNY 01/09/11 07:55PM recorded on USTREAM. Baseball

 

 

Jan. 1, 2011

DAF WELCOMES THREE NEW BOARD MEMBERS!

We are sure you trust DAF to have your back, just as you have always done for yeas now- the name you can trust and you did with ovr 1,000 personal lettrs for me to hand deliver to Congress.- we have an unequaled good "brand recognition amongst NFL retirees-- remember, we were the 1st NFL retiree advocate website of it's kind, and as you know, w/in a year there were dozens of imitators.

Our Board of Directors has always been rock solid- ROMAN GABRIEL, JOE KAPP, KENNY EASLEY, BIG ED WHITE, COL. JACK KELLY USMC RETIRED, AND MYSELF AS FOUNDER/PRESIDENT.

WE ARE EXTREMELY PROUD TO INTRODUCE SOME NEW FACES AND NEW BLOOD INTO OUR BOARD, AND I GUARANTEE YOU WILL APPROVE..THE NEW MEMBERS ARE AS FOLLOWS....

1- GREG KOCH ,- A MEMBER OF GREEN BAY'S HALL OF FAME

2- NEAL OLKEWICZ- A 3-TIME SUPER BOWL CHAMP WITH REDSKINS

3- DOING DOUBLE DUTY AS A BOARD MEMBER AND OUR SPOKESWOMAN,

ALICIA KRAMER ( DAUGHTER OF PACKER LEGEND AND FOUNDER OF GRIDIRON GREATS JERRY KRAMER!)

Alicia Kramer, DAF Board member & spokeswoman,and her dad Jerry Kramer enjoy some golf

(sorry Greg and Neal- no pics of you yet...)

4- also formally joining us as advisor and IT expert, Andy Flagg, A DUTY HE HAS FAITHFULLY PERFORMED SINCE DAY ONE.

SO AS YOU CAN SEE, DAF, THE ORIGINAL WEBSITE FOR RETIREES, THE ORIGINAL "INDEPENDENT" GRASSROOTS GROUP ( a term later stolen and used for self-grandizement by unscrulous folks), HAS NOT DIED. WE ARE JUST BEAT UP AND TIRED. YOU CAN SEE EXCITING THINGS ARE COMING TO HELP RETIREES- NOT MORE INFIGHTING BETWEEN DIFFERENT FACTIONS OF RETIREE GROUPS- WE WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN THAT, AND WE HAVE PARTNERED AND WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH WWW.DAVEPEAR.COM.

DAF CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT CLOSE DOWN OUR WEBSITE- AFTR ALL, IT PIONEERED SO MANY CHANGES- BUT WE HAVE DECIDED TO FOCUS ON GOING STRAIGHT TO THE FANS, CELEBRITIES, MEDIA, SPONSORS, etc.

WE URGE YOU TO CONTINUE TO VISIT AND SUPPORT OUR BROTHERS ATWWW.DAVEPEAR.COM !

Dave & Robert;& DAF, are truly working in harmony and sharing the goal of improving lives of NFL retirees-we could care less who's  worthless RP group you join or all the other distractions Roger and De successfuly threw in our way for many to trip over.

Thanks for your neverending trust- I have never let you down. Join DAF and Dave Pear as we circle the wagons to bring thwe right people to the conversation and we solve our pension, disability, and vesting problems...so that weALL may live out our lives in  DIGNITY...

Love to you all,

Brent Boyd


 

 

 

 

 

DAF ON FACEBOOK RAISING EYEBROWS, CREATING AWARENESS-

DIGNITYAFTERFOOTBALL.ORG takes fight for retired players benefits, plus concussion issues/disability approval, straight to fans via FACEBOOK! GREAT SUCCESS!!!, JOIN US, BE PART OF HISTORY AS WE TALK TO THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO CAN FORCE CHANGES!

here is a sample of what you are missing if you have not joined our Facebook effort- we are reaching approx. 10,000 fans who signed up, plus the tens of thousands that THEY forward to...we need your voice to educate the fans--and YOU want to be heard, so, this is the perfect forum for all of us...

here is the FACEBOOK address for you to join (free)- best to use my homepage as your home for news

here below is just a sample of some communication in just the last few minutes- we get heavy participation, but as NFL reirees, we need to hear from YOU! read this sample, join at these Facebook addresses - it's FREE...

http://www.facebook.com/brent.boyd2

CHECK OUT THIS SAMPLE CONVERSATION- TYPICAL OF CONVERSATIONS THROUGHOUT THE DAY---

 

 

 Evan Weiner- from Evan Weiner--- Brent, the people giving me this award are also trying to get the word out in the academic world about the plight of discarded players like you----
Sports Journalist Evan Weiner Earns Academy's Sports Media Award - United States Sports Academywww.ussa.eduEvan Weiner, a sports journalist/commentator known for his columns about the business and politics of sports, has been named the winner of the United States Sports Academy's 2010 Ronald Reagan Media Award.

 

NFL RETIREES- WE MAY NOT HAVE TO DIE TO HAVE OUR BRAINS DIAGNOSED- NO DISSECTION NECESSARY!!

STUDY BY HARVARD/BU CTSE SHOWS PROMISE OF DIAGNOSING CONCUSSION DAMAGE WHILE LIVING, INSTEAD OF WAITING UNTIL WE DIE AND DISSECTING OUR BRAINS. DR.  ALEXANDER LIN, HARVARD MED SCHOOL, RUNS THE STUDY, BOYD ONE OF FIVE PARTICIPANTS. VIDEO OF BOYD AND DR. LIN SHOWN TO WORLD'S SECOND LARGEST MEDICAL CONVENTION THIS WEEK IN CHICAGO, RSNA (RADIOLOGY)- 50,000 ATTENDEES SEE 30 MINUTE VIDEO OF DR. LIN & BRENT BOYD. 

READ, HERE BELOW, THE CNET ARTICLE

---30 MINUTE VIDEO TO BE POSTED SOON---

"Noninvasive 'virtual biopsy' diagnoses brain injury"

by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore

CNET

"For now, the only way to diagnose what is called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is to inspect brain tissue during autopsies--in other words, after the point at which such a diagnosis could help the afflicted."



CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE---

Retired NFL player Brent Boyd participated in this preliminary study.

(Credit: RSNA)

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-27083_3-20024467-247.html#ixzz176t766e0

 

Dec 1, 2010

BOYD FEATURED IN SLI/CTSE CENTER HARVARD & BU VIDEO PRESENTATION TO WORLD'S SECOND LARGEST MEDICAL CONVENTION,IN CHICAGO, WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON IN AUDIENCE

click here for article, video to follow soon...

 

Nov. 2010

BOYD CONFIRMED, AGAIN, AS ORIGINAL "FATHER", AND/OR CATALYST, FOR TODAY'S RECENT ATTENTION & CHANGES RE: NFL CONCUSSIONS!

THE MEDIA HAS BEEN CALLING BRENT BOYD THE FATHER OF THE NEW CONCUSSION AWARENESS, NOW IT IS CONFIRMED BY SPORTS LEGACY, HARVARD,  BU MED SCHOOLS

click here for letter from Harvard/BU Med schools & SLI calling Boyd the CATALYST for their research---

Dr.Lin of Harvard, BU CTSE & SLI Calls Brent Boyd father and catylyst of new changes and awareness about concussions!

 

 

Aug. 2010

BOYD HOSPITALIZED FOR STROKE SYMPTOMS

Facebook post from Brent Boyd-

"I just got home from hospital- I had symptoms of a stroke, but did NOT have one. It's very possible, even likely, the doctors said, that my NFL concussion damage mimicked stroke symptoms. Perhaps we'll never know- but it's times like this when I am most infuriated w/NFL for still swearing under oath in US Court- "concussions COULD NOT cause headaches or any other long-term effects"- love to all, a very tired Brent"

 

 

July 2010

NFL ADMITS DAMAGE DONE BY NFL CONCUSSIONS;

AT SAME TIME, NFL  IS IN DISABILITY COURT

CLAIMING UNDER OATH THAT THIS SAME

DAMAGE DOES NOT EXIST!!!

HYPOCRISY, CORRUPTION, LIES, YOU NAME IT- RIGHT IN PLAIN SIGHT.

In an astounding bit of lies and corruption- even for the NFL Retirement/Disability Board,

the NFL is repeating for first time the truth of the real long-term damage left by the carnage of NFL retirees NFL post-concussion horrors.

In the biggest act of lies, deception, and corruption in plain daylight; at the exact time as these PR announcements proclaiming damage dangers of concussions, the corrupt NFL Disability Board is in US District Court Baltimore, denying disability benefits to a retiree based on the ONE lone dissenting doctor ot of dozens who did not approve the claim.

The NFL is hanging their hat on  this one statement by this bought doctor- "concussions COULD NOT cause headaches"!!!

Let me repeat--

the NFL is in US Court, under oath, swearing that CONCUSSION COULD NOT CAUSE HEADACHES!!!

HOLY CRAP!

her are some recent news articles supporting retired NFL players---

Alan Schwarz of NY Times blows lid off the NFL's hypocrisy---

---click here for Alan Schwarz' NY Times article--

 

see Brent Boyd's 1st-class video describing his own experience with corrupt NFL_

---click here for youtube video---

 

 

NFL facing the truth about head injuries

by Michael Wilborn, Washington Post

---click here or above to read article---

 

NFL’s concussion warning poster a small step for football

 

BY EVAN WEINER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

---click here to read article---

 

 

 

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May 2010

 

House Committee to Discuss Concussions in New York Forum

our work continues, your help and YOUR voices and invaluable- please keep it up and support our fight for Dignity, eliminate the greed and corruption of the NFL disability Board, and have them simply grant us our legitimate benefits...again, just give us our dignity after building this league for you b4 $million contracts- Brent  

here is New York Times Alan Schwarz on the new Congressional hearing on NFL concussions-  

http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/12/house-committee-to-discuss-concussions-in-new-york-forum/

 

April 16, 2010

Culverhouse has unfinished business

Watch this story by John Barr on "Outside the Lines," this Sunday at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN.

Former Tampa Bay Bucs President  and daughter of TB owner Hugh Culverhouse- Gay Culverhouse has launched her own campaign to aid retired NFL players; as well as to raise awareness of how neglected retirees are by the corrupt NFL/NFLPA for decades.   see ESPN's link at bottom of this story for video  preview of this Sunday's show, Outside the Lines.  

  (from ESPN, as reported by  ESPN'S  JOHN BARR )--  

Culverhouse has unfinished business- Watch this story on "Outside the Lines," Sunday at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN. When asked why she chose to adopt the cause of retired NFL players, given her own health problems, Culverhouse responds with characteristic bluntness: "Because it needs to be done. If not me, then who?" "   "Without you (NFL Retirees), there would be no National Football League as we know it today," Culverhouse says. "It's only fair that we find a way to give back to all the retired players who now have needs."  

LINK TO VIDEO PREVIEW OF THIS SUNDAY'S ESPN OUTSIDE THE LINES-  

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/otl/news/story?id=5099470

 

 

 

April 9, 2010

WELCOME NFL RETIREES, CURRENT PLAYERS, AND FACEBOOK FRIENDS!!!

DIGNITYAFTERFOOTBALL HAS BEEN ON A "NEWS HIATUS" FOR A WHILE AS WE CONCENTRATE OUR EFFORTS ON EDUCATING FANS AND PUBLIC OF DANGERS OF CONCUSSIONS; AND ALSO INFORM THEM OF THE INJUSTICES DELIVERED BY OUR CORRUPT NFL DISABILITY BOARD WHICH REFUSES TO GRANT BENEFITS FOR HEAD INJURIES- IN THE MOST VIOLENT SPORTS SINCE THE GLADIATORS...

THESE GREEDY nfl $BILLIONAIRE OWNERS &OUR UNION (NFLPA)HAVE COLLUDED TO DENY ALL RIGHTFUL BENEFITS, PASSING THE BUCK TO YOU, THE TAXPAYERS, TO PAY THEIR BILLS THRU MEDICARE & SOCIAL SECURITY--IT IS A MASSIVE FRAUD TAKING MONEY OUT OF YOUR POCKETS, PUTTING YOUR nfl HEROES OF YESTERYEAR-BEFORE MILLIONAIRES, OUT ON THE STREET- HOMELESS, DISABLED, DESTITUTE, UNINSURED W/ MASSIVE nfl INJURIES- AND THE GREEDY NFL HAS CAUSED HUNDREDS TO GO HOMELESS, DIE UNECESSARILY, AND EVEN MANY SUICIDES

DAF WANTS TO GIVE DIGNITY TO ALL SUFFERERS OF HEAD INJURY-NOT JUST FOOTBALL PLAYERS- DID YOU KNOW GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER HAS MORE CONCUSSIONS THAN BOYS HS FOOTBALL???

DAF 'S BOARD IS ROMAN GABRIEL, JOE KAPP, KENNY EASLEY, BIG ED WHITE, COL. JACK KELLY USMC RETIRED, AND BRENT BOYD AS FOUNDER/PRESIDENT

PLEASE JOIN OUR FIGHT AS WE TAKE IT TO ANOTHER LEVEL, WHILE NOT FORGETTING THE NFL RETIREES WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR SO LONG- WE WERE THE FIRST WEBSITE OF IT'S KIND, WE WERE THE CREATORS OF AND THE ONE AND ONLY "ORIGINAL" "INDEPENDENT" NFL RETIREE WEBSITE, A TRUE GRASSROOTS EFFORT YEARS AGO- THE TERM "INDEPENDENT" WAS STOLEN FOR USE BY UNSCRUPLOUS OTHERS FOR THEIR OWN SELF-PROMOTION, BUT FOLKS- YOU KNOW THE TRUTH- THE CONCEPT OF THE "INDEPENDENT" NFL RETIREE ALL STARTED RIGHT HERE AT DAF!!!

JOIN US AT FACEBOOK AS WE EDUCATE AND PREPARE TO FIGHT FOR US THE PUBLIC- FANS AND INTERNATIONAL CELBRITIES ALIKE--

bOYD'S SITE IS THE GATEWAY TO DAF FACEBOOK CAUSE, HERE'S THE LINK-

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/brent.boyd2?ref=profile

OR THE LINK TO DAF'S FACEBOOK CAUSE HERE-

http://apps.facebook.com/causes/319685/66087141?m=e56504ed

IF YOU ARE A CURRENT NFL PLAYER, RETIREE, OR WIFE- YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE, NO REASON NOT TO JOIN RIGHT NOW, EDUCATE THE FANS, WHO WILL INFLUENCE SPONSORS AND CONGRESS- JOIN, WRITE AND SPEAK YOUR MIND DIRECTLY TO FANS AND CELEBRITIES!!!

JOIN NOW

THANK YOU.

 

Dec. 21, 2009

N.F.L. Acknowledges Long-Term Concussion Effects!

However, NFL geniuses still debating whether up is down or down is up

from Brent Boyd- " This is one small step for fans, one giant leap for NFL Retirees"

click here for report from NEW YORK TIMES' Alan Schwarz

 

Dec. 16, 2009

Brent Boyd writes op-ed for today's Washington Post

Boyd, permanently disabled by NFL concussions, was the first to bring issue of effect on the living retirees,

not post-mortem, of NFL concussions to the attention of Congress -

-first to compare our fight to the battle vs powerful unscrupulous tobacco co.'s in Senate and House testimonies 2007-

Today's Wash Post topic-

" BRIAN WESTBROOK, is it worth it? With two concussions already this season, should the Eagles running back be considering retirement instead of this Sunday's game?

click below for link to Boyd's Post article responding to the questin above----

>>Today's Washington Post article right here<<

 

Dec.4, 2009

NEW YORK TIMES' ALAN SCHWARZ REPORTS ON YOUTH FOOTBALL CONCUSSIONS

---click link below---

"N.F.L. Culture May Be Difficult to Disengage at Lower Levels"

 

Dec. 3,2009

ESPN reports on NFL Concussions

2 videos, click on each---

"NFL Issues New Concussion Policy "

"Countdown Daily Injury Update: Concussion Discussion"

Nov. 30, 2009

ABC'S NIGHTLINE COVERS HORRORS OF NFL CONCUSSIONS

 

Thanks to my Facebook friends for sending me this important video-please watch this vital segment of ABS'S NIGHTLINE recently, which covers the horrors of NFL concussions and the lives ruined by these injuries.

Force the NFL to go back and give disability benefits and dignity to the heroes who built the NFL!  

This segment features the Steeler's legend Mike Webster and his son, my hero, Garrett, describing his dad's last years.  

Post-concussion is MY disability, and many of my symptoms mirrored Webster's.

  I was once in the same reclusive, self-destructive lifestyle as Webster, due to the shame of concussions,

the pain and loss of memory and the financial losses. Garrett's words woke me up,

along with Andre Water's suicide, and got me out of years of hiding.

I began what is now years of fighting the NFL, mainly on this subject.  

That is one of the main reasons why Dignity After Football.org was formed

and why we were the FIRST to bring this issue of NFL concussions to Congress June 2007

when I compared the NFL to the tobacco companies fighting like hell to deny any link between smoking and cancer-

proudly, that analogy is being used prominently today.   

and also we helped make this a topic the media needed to cover- guys are committing suicide, living homeless, losing marriages and kids, etc---while the NFL billionaires, just like the tobacco co's of yesteryear- use their treasure to deny and link or liability.  

Yes, this is personal, but their are too many other men, the heroes who made today's NFL possible, being swept under the rug and they don't have a clue what's wrong with them.  

Stay united, stay with the first and original  "independent" retired players group- Dignity After Football- and let's make the NFL pay their liabilities just as the rest of society must.  

Thanks, Brent Boyd

www.dignityafterfootball.org

CLICK BELOW TO WATCH NIGHTLINE'S SEGMENT ON NFLCONCUSSIONS- OCT 16, 2009

www.youtube.com

 

 

Nov. 19, 2009

 

click this picture for info on how you can join the class action lawsuit, retired players vs NFL-

DON'T MISS OUT THIS TIME!

 

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From Brent Boyd- facing the NFL gallows (AKA disabiity board)

  Former National Football League player Brent Boyd (R) rubs his head while sitting next to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee about football brain injuries on Captiol Hill October 28, 2009 in Washington, DC. A recent study of retired players suggested that N.F.L. retirees ages 60 to 89 are experiencing moderate to severe dementia at several times the national rate. Boyd suffers from headaches, depression, fatigue and dizziness caused by what his doctors diagnosed as post-concussion syndrome.

WILL NFL FINALLY DO "THE RIGHT THING" AND RULE ON MEDICAL EVIDENCE, OR PLAY MORE GAMES BY GROOM LAW FOR GREEDY OWNERS?

  Tomorrow my concussions disability case is being appealed by the NFL disability board. It is frightening to have such a group of men with a corrupt history hold your future in their hands (doesn't help I have stood before both the US House and Senate and called the guys who vote corrupt and dirty cops) ...I am not alon...e, while you enjoy NFL or Sandra Bullock's new movie "The Blind Side", please have a CONSCIENCE and think about all the suffering retired NFL players who have been cast aside by greedy NFL,- think about putting more of your dollars into NFL owner's pockets until they take care of their liabilities, just as all YOU in business would be forced to do--please join, visit, and DONATE,- or join us on Facebook (link on front page (pg 1 of this site)

 

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Oct. 30, 2009

It is Halloween Eve--look at these familiar costumes  worn

Wednesday at the House Judiciary NFL Concussion hearing

These guys in the pic below are NOT actually Goodell and NFL execs-

it is an optical illussion- looks real doesn't it?

NO, INSTEAD, THESE ARE THE TOBACCO COMPANY EXECS

LYING THEIR ASSES OFF

STRAIGHT INTO THE EYES OF CONGRESS IN 1994!!

GOT YA!

SPOOKY RESEMBLANCE, ISN'T IT?

PROFESSIONAL LIARS...what a great idea for a costume!

http://www.nytimes.com/ March 27, 2009    
John Duricka/Associated Press
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    Oct.29 2009

    Boyd's eyewitness report, as one who was responsibble for these House Judiciary hearings, will be coming soon- he is restting after cross country travelling and worn out from concussion damage- look for his detailed one of a kind report soon!!!

    Oct 29, 2009

    In the "Are you kidding me?" dept.-

    House Judiciary hearings on NFL concussions yesterday

    Former National Football League player Brent Boyd (C) rubs his head while sitting next to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (L) during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee about football brain injuries on Captiol Hill October 28, 2009 in Washington, DC. A recent study of retired players suggested that N.F.L. retirees ages 60 to 89 are experiencing moderate to severe dementia at several times the national rate. Boyd suffers from headaches, depression, fatigue and dizziness caused by what his doctors diagnosed as post-concussion syndrome.    Former National Football League player Brent Boyd (R) rubs his head while sitting next to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee about football brain injuries on Captiol Hill October 28, 2009 in Washington, DC. A recent study of retired players suggested that N.F.L. retirees ages 60 to 89 are experiencing moderate to severe dementia at several times the national rate. Boyd suffers from headaches, depression, fatigue and dizziness caused by what his doctors diagnosed as post-concussion syndrome.

    Former National Football League player Brent Boyd (C) rubs his head while sitting next to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (R) and Pro Football Hall of Fame player Willie Woods (2nd L) during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee about football brain injuries on Captiol Hill October 28, 2009 in Washington, DC. A recent study of retired players suggested that N.F.L. retirees ages 60 to 89 are experiencing moderate to severe dementia at several times the national rate. Boyd suffers from headaches, depression, fatigue and dizziness caused by what his doctors diagnosed as post-concussion syndrome. According to Wood's guardian, former NFL player Robert Schmidt, Wood is a living, breathing example of the issues of concussions and their correlation with dementia.

    Boyd, next to Goodell, and with Willie Wood in background, tries to control his headaches caused by NFL concussions while hearing of even MORE NFL studies and delays-

    -remember what I said-

    DELAY,DENY, AND HOPE WE DIE!

    This was the NFL strategy clearly expressed by Goodell

     

     

    Oct. 29, 2009

    HOUSE JUDICIARY RIPS GOODELL & NFL FOR TREATMENT OF CONCUSSIONS

    THIS HEARING, IN WHICH DIGNITYAFTERFOOTBALL.ORG WAS CENTRAL IN SCHEDULING, WAS A HUGE SUCCESS FOR NFL RETIREES- WILL NFL IGNORE CONGRESSIONAL WARNINGS ON ANTI-TRUST EXEMPTIONS AND WAIT OUT THE STORM? OR WILL THE NFL FINALLY AND FOR ONCE DO THE RIGHT THING? STAY TUNED...

     

     

    Oct. 27, 2009

    BOYD WRITES ARTICLE FOR WASHINGTON POST ON NFL CONCUSSIONS

    >>click here to read Boyd's Wash Post article<<

     

     

    Oct 12, 2009

    First, a few days ago, DAF, Brent Boyd,

    all impossible w/o the reporting by NY Times' writer Alan Schwarz,

    get a House Judiciary hearing called on NFL concussions!!!...

    last night, CBS 60 MINUTES ran a segment showing the gruesome results and deadly consequences of even MINOR repeated NFL concussions- this report was the work of Chris Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu and others at the Sports Legacy institute in Boston, of which Boyd is a proud Board Member-

    Much of the critical evidence shown on the 60 Minutes segment were made possible ONLY by the work of DAF's Board members- details will remain anonymous to protect our deceased ex-teammates and friends

    60 Minutes

    >click here or on picture above for FULL video showing of the CBS 60 Minutes report on NFL  and youth concussions>

     

     

     

    Oct.2, 2009

    Conyers Plans Hearings on NFL Player Injuries

    Brent Boyd, NY Times Alan Schwarz, , and DAF  are responsible for this hearing being called!!!

    Please help us fight for your dignity and for our youth football players

    >>click here for Conyers' announcement, thanks to NY Times'Alan Schwarz<<<

     

     

    Oct. 1, 2009

    NEW YORK TIMES ALAN SCHWARZ REPORTS ON NFL'S HANDLING OF BRENT BOYD'S DISABILITY  CLAIM, AND ALL OTHER CLAIMS INVOLVING NFL CONCUSSION/HEAD INJURY DAMAGE

    THIS REPORT COMES ON HEELS OF NY TIMES REVELATION OF NFL'S OWN RESEARCH LINKING CONCUSSIONS TO EARLY DEMENTIA

    How will NFL/NFLPA weasel out this time???  read first, then stay tuned...

    >>click here for NY Times article on Brent Boyd and other head injury NFL disability claims<<

     

    Sept. 29, 2009

     

    NY TIMES- NFL'S OWN RESEARCH PROVES LINK BETWEEN CONCUSSIONS AND EARLY DEMENTIA!!!!

    NY Times Alan Schwarz reveals that a new study , conducted by the NFL themselves, finds a link between our NFL concusssions and early dementia. This is GREAT news for those of us who have been struggling with the issues of post-concussion- the inability to hold a job or keep a family, the effect on wives and children.

    The evidence has always been there, but for the first time, it is THEIR OWN NFL study, so Doug Ell and Groom Law will be under overwhelming oversight to follow their own research results and approve our disability claims, as many of you too have already proven beyond a shadow f doubt the existence of your brain injuries from NFL concussions.

    our hard work and patience is beginning to pay off!  The no-nonsense, no conduct detrimental to the league Commisioner would never DREAM of denying proven concussion cases, such as mine, that is also backed up by social Security's examinations.

    In a related matter, my neurologist and friend for over 10 years, in 1999- DR. DANIEL AMEN- was the first to finally take brain scnas and made the connection to my symptoms and a bullet-proof diagnosis. The NFL spent a decade ridiculing Dr Amen's techniques as unaccepted science in order to deny my claim

    Now, thru the SoCal NFL Alumni, which we all know now is an official arm of the NFL owners-all retirees are being URGED by the hypocritical NFL owners to have their brains scanned and diagnosed by......yes, you guessed it---Dr. Daniel Amen!!! The same doctor they called a quack in private (my attorney present) is now the aparent official neurologist of the NFL!!! How bizarre is this?

    HOW CAN THEY CONTINUE TO DENY MY CLAIM AFTER ALL THIS???

    That would be PR suicide...

    congrats to all other NFL retirees who have survived in spite of a multitude of concussion-related problems--it's restitution time..IT'S BEEN A LONG, STRANGE TRIP-AND NOT MUCH FUN, in fact, agonizingly painful and indescribably humiliating to be told nothing is wrong with your mind.

    and please, a moment of prayer to the many retirees who took their own lives after being cast awayby the corrupt NFL and NFLPA.

    please read Alan Schwarz' article in today's New York Times below-

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/30/sports/football/30dementia.html?pagewanted=1

     

     

    Sept. 23, 2009

     

    Former Titans Receiver David Givens Sues Team for $25 Million

    Givens alleges team doctors deliberately misinformed him of his own career ending injury!

    >>click here for article<<<

     

     

    Sept13, 2009

     

    R.I.P. PATRICK SWAYZE- friend of dignity after football

    just less than 2 WEEKS ago,Patrick joined our cause, "DignityAfterFootball.org".(DAF).He took the time to write us about his support for retired NFL players his support of DAF,while deathly ill ,says a lot about what a big ,warm hearted guy he was. Patrick cared about others' plights and suffering ,even to his very end..rest in peace, thanks for the honor and privlilege of our brief friendship

     

     

    Aug 20, 2009

     

     

    New Class action filed in Minneapolis Federal Court

    on behalf of retired NFL players!!!

     

     

         

    Bob Stein                             Bob Stein with Rams #66

     

    New Class action filed in Minneapolis Federal Court

    on behalf of retired NFL players.

    Six former NFL players have filed a class action against the NFL, targeting the use of names, images, and likenesses of those players by the league, through NFL Films.

    Attorney and former NFL player himself Bob Stein (1969-76) is heading a group including Dignity After Football's Board member Ed White, also HOF'er Elvin Bethea, Dan Pastorini, Fred Dryer, and former Vikes Jim Marshall, Joe Senser

    Bob Stein is associated with class action experts he’s known for many years, including senior partner Bucky Zimmerman, at Zimmerman Reed PLLP .  Their site is www.zimmreed.com.     

      To learn more about the case and how you can join if you wish, please check the case website www.retiredfootballplayerslawsuit.com and contact the lawyers listed.  Please pass this information along to other retired players in your personal network. 

     

    A LETTER FROM DAF'S ED WHITE WITH MORE DETAILS

     

     

    click on picture below to join the lawsuit or ask the lawyers questions!

     

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    RETIRED NFL PLAYERS SEEK COMPENSATION FOR THE USE OF THEIR IDENTITIES TO PROMOTE AND RAISE REVENUE FOR THE NFL

    Six retired National Football League (NFL) players have filed a class action lawsuit against the NFL. The lawsuit challenges the unauthorized use of the retired players’ names, images, and likenesses to promote the NFL brand and otherwise produce revenue for the NFL.  The players, Fred Dryer, Jim Marshall, Elvin Bethea, Joe Senser, Dan Pastorini, and Ed White, allege the NFL has earned substantial revenue by using the identities of retired NFL football players to promote the League’s “glory days”.  The NFL’s efforts to use its past to promote its brand have allowed the NFL to obtain revenues from current fans of the game.  The NFL’s total revenue exceeded an estimated $6.9 billion in 2008 alone. 

     
     
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    Aug 9, 2009

                                                                                            picture courtesty of Handschuh/News

    Ex-players such as Mercury Morris (right) are getting help for their nagging injuries

    from doctors such as Joseph Salamone at the Endo Surgical Center in Clifton, N.J.

     

     

     contact www. pastusa.com--- 1 877 614 PAST

    email them at playersmedical@pastusa.com

    NEW PROGRAM GIVES FREE HEALTH AND PAIN ADDICTION TREATMENT TO NFL RETIREES  PRO BONO

    As reported on DAF Facebook this morning/afternoon- a new program has surfaced that places the "help" where the "help" is needed...too many NFL retirees are legally addicted to painkillers, we just can't live w/o them

    DAF has been waiting to send you a letter from a person vital to the creation of this orgnization, perhaps tonight or tomorrow

    meanwhile, you MUST visit these sites is you are a retiree, wife, or child of retiree!!!

     

    >click here for PAST Retired Football Players Pain Management and Medical Resource Group<<

     

    video clips from players who have used this service,AND DAF Facebook site with more info on P.A.S.T.

     

    >>click here for New York Daily News article on P.A.S.T. TODAY<<

     

              

    PASTUSA Patient NFL Retired Player Robert Brown

    ON YOUTUBE

     

     

                                                                  PASTUSA patient   NFL Retired Player Woody Green

    on YOUTUBE

     

     

    Aug 2, 2009

    NFL RETIREMENT PLAN FUNDING LEVEL IN "CRITICAL" CONDITION

    NFL retirement Board simply "elects" to say there in NO problem, despite Federal standards

    See full size image

     

    Our NFL Bert Bell/PeteRozelle Retirement plan is at 53% of market value since 2008, and 64%  of actuarial value of assets.

    under federal law, a plan is "endangered" if below 80% and 'critical" if less than 65%  

    However, our esteemed retirement board, who has played shenanigans w/ERISA laws in denying our disability claims, is now using (abusing?) something called WRERA and simply "voted" to proclaim the plan as neither endangered or critical....

    hear no evil, see no evil...  

    or, "let's pretend there is no problem, we are doing a GREAT job as the retirement board." no changes necessary...

    In related news ,My wife and I now have "elected" that we do not owe the IRS any TAXES..THERE, THAT WAS EASY!!!

    >>click here for NFL Benefits Annual Funding Report<<

     

     

    July 26, 2009

    DIGNITY AFTER FOOTBALL PASSES THE OVER 1 MILLION HITS

    FOR 2009 IN EARLY JUNE

    this early landmark set despite DAF being on hiatus for 4 of the 6 months

    thank you all for visiting and for your continued support !

    Please keep coming and tell your friends-

    also visit us at Facebook-

    >>click here for DAF's Facebook site and be sure to join!<<

     

     

    July 19, 2009

    TIME magazine writes about Brent Boyd and health of retired NFL Players

     

    >>>click here for TIME magazine article with Brent Boyd<<<

    also,

    >click here to see archive of Brent Boyd on CBS EVENING NEWS with Katie Couric<

     

     

    July 10, 2009

    A LETTER FROM THE DISTINGUISHED ARIF KHATIB,

    PRESIDENT & FOUNDER- AFROSPORTSHALL.COM

    Arif and Shaq

    >>>click here for ARIF KHATIB'S letter<<<

     

    July 8, 2009

    ATLANTA NFLPA CHAPTER PRES. DEWEY MCCLAIN WRITES STRONG LETTER EXPLAINING WHY  THE NFLPA, NOT NFL ALUMS, ARE OUR BEST BET,

    and other convincing arguments and a call for unity

     

    http://www.medcenfoundation.org/celebrity_participants.asp

    Dewey McClain

     

    >>>click here for  DEWEY McCLAIN'S LETTER<<<

     

     

    July 8, 2009

    BOB GRANT writes letter proving harmony amongst retirees, even through our brotherly fights for success...we WILL not stop until retirees live with dignity....

    http://www.footballsummit.com/

    Bob Grant

    >>>click here for BOB GRANT'S letter<<<

     

     

     

    July 3, 2009

    Roman Gabriel

     

    LEGENDARY NFL QB ROMAN GABRIEL WRITES IN TO DAF'S "SUMMER LETTER SERIES"

    ROMAN IS A BOARD MEMBER OF DAF

    In my youth Growing up in LA, Roman Gabriel was the greatest hero,

    everyone fought to play him in the schoolyards

    Roman Gabriel- NFL MVP 1969

    NFL "MAN OF THE YEAR" 1973, 1974, 1975

    NFL COMEBACK PLAYER 1973

    ROMAN HAS RAISED OVER $8,000,000 FOR CHARITIES

    He still holds the Rams' career records for touchdown passes (154), passing yards (22,223), passes attempted (3,313), and passes completed 1,705.

     

    today, Roman writes a piece he calls "A WARRIOR"

    >>>click here for Roman Gabriel's "a Warrior", to NFL retirees<<<

     

     

     

    July 2, 2009

     

        

    Ed White, wife Joann, and menagerie enjoying life...

     

    click link below to read Ed White's " Bettering NFL Veterans and future Veterans futures: "  

    ED WHITE WRITES TO NFL RETIREES AS PART OF DAF'S "SUMMER SERIES" OF LETTERS FROM RETIREES AND WIVES

    Please share whatever is on your mind, without the pervasive personal attacks lately if you speak up- no personal attacks tolerated anymore, let's end that era!

    Here is a place for civil, intelligent discourse of ideas,

    along with our online polls

    ED WHITE FOLLOWS JOE KAPP'S INAUGUARAL LETTER OF A FEW DAYS AGO-

    ARE YOU NEXT?

     

    >>click here for Big Ed White's letter to you all<<

     

     

     

    June 29, 2009

    JOE KAPP WRITES TO NFL RETIREES, FANS, AND MEDIA

    "Call of the Ball"

    kapp-150x150.jpg

    Kapp, a DAF Member of the Board, opens DAF's "Summer Series" of letters and diverse opinions

    from legends, nameless linemen, and interesting outside sources-

    please write me a letter for consideration, from your heart.

    Talk about you, your husband, or ex-teammates/opponents and the tragedies you have witnessed.

    Don't worry about sounding like a professor-

    the most powerful language comes from the heart

     

    >>click here for Joe Kapp's letter<<

     

     

    June 28, 2009

    NFL asks Supreme Court to weigh in on antitrust case -

    NFL asks Supreme Court to grant it wider latitude!

    What is surprising, however, is that the NFL also filed a petition for certiorari(and they were joined by the NBA, NBA Properties, and the NHL).

    Notably absent is Major League Baseball, which has an antitrust exemption thanks to a 1922 Supreme Court ruling.

    >>click here for USA TODAY/AP news story<<

    >>click here for BRIEF FOR THE UNITED STATES AS AMICUS CURIAE- American Needle, Inc., petitioner v. National Football League, et al.<<

    >>click here for BERNIE PARRISH'S email warning retirees NOT to join the newly proposed NFL Alumni/4th and Goal/Roger Goodell group<<

     

     

    June 21, 2009

    GREEN BAY PACKERS RELEASE 2009 FINANCIAL STATEMENT

    The Sporting News reports-

    "Pack in the black, but not by much"

    >>click here for The Sporting News' Mark Kaas article and GB's figures  for 2007, 08, 09<<

    or, for clearer version---

    >>click here, then go to page 18<<

     

     

    June 10, 2009

    WASHINGTON POST CONDUCTS SERIES OF STORIES AND READER COMMENTS REGARDING NFL CONCUSSIONS

    Please participate- we MUST begin to do better job of educating fans and corporate TV sponsors- it all starts with the small first step

    >here is Wash Post link, please leave comments and tell your truths<<

     

     

    June 9, 2009

    BRENT BOYD'S GONZO REPORT FROM NFLPA PALM SPRINGS CONVENTION

    >click here for Brent's report from NFLPA RP convention<<

     

    June 4 2009

    NFLPA SETTLES ADDERLY LAWSUIT FOR $26.25 MILLION

    In a surpise move, the NFLPA settled the Adderly lawsuit

    >>click here for AP news story<

     

     

     

    June 1, 2009

    NFLPA PALM SPRINGS CONVENTION A HARMONIOUS SUCCESS

    Many contentious issues were discussed, nothing swept under the rug---new exec. dir. DeMaurice Smith says

    "ONE LOCKER ROOM, ONE TEAM, ONE VOICE"

    when referring to retired and active players. Dee Smith opened with the words

    "I am Dee Smith, and I DO stand up for retired players "

    more of this story to come soon....

     

     

     

    May 28, 2009

     

    BERNIE PARRISH'S EMAIL UNVEILS HIDDEN TRUTHS-

    EXPOSES WHAT IS HOLDING OUR MOVEMENT BACK

    "Guys I agree with Ditka's letter that these guys have damaged us with Congress and generally. Their interest is self promotion for personal gain. Harry Carson is in that same boat how do you represent minority clients to get them jobs in NFL management and coaching while at the same time you are claiming to represent the majority of retired players, while you are also an NFL media announcer approved or disapproved by the Commissioner?"
    Bernie Parrish

    (this letter from Ditka was attached to Bernie's email )

     

     

    May 22, 2009

    U.S. APPEALS COURT FINDS TOBACCO CO.'S GUILTY OF RACKETEERING,

    FRAUD AND DECEPTIVE PRACTICES

    THIS CASE IS VERY SIMILAR TO THE WAY NFL/NFLPA,

    AND GROOM LAW GROUP HAVE TREATED

    NFL RETIREES RE: CONCUSSION DAMAGE,

    AND WILL CAUSE THEM CONCERN

    Dee and Roger, without delay---

    FIRE GROOM LAW GROUP!!!

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cigarette companies systematically lied for decades to hide the dangers of smoking, a U.S. appeals court said on Friday as it upheld a trial judge's racketeering verdict.

    >click here for Wall Street Journal report<

    >click here for MSNBC story<

     

     

     

    May 12, 2009

     

    DeMaurice Smith Says He Has A Contract

    Posted by Mike Florio on May 12, 2009, 3:16 p.m. Pro Football Talk

    One of the more embarrassing episodes in the history of the NFL Players Association has been resolved.

    Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, elected without contractual terms in place, finally has a deal, according to the Associated Press.

    Smith said Tuesday that a contract has been reached during a discussion with Minneapolis-area reporters.

    What isn’t known (and won’t be until the relevant federal forms are filed) is the compensation Smith will receive.  He and the union reportedly were up to $5.6 million apart less than a month ago.

     

    Also from Pro football Talk-

    "So while it’s encouraging that, per Liz Mullen and Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, a contract for Smith is close to being finalized, we can only wonder how much more the players will be paying based on the failure of their leadership to use the leverage the union enjoyed when the four men vying for the job could have been played against each other."

     

     

    May 5, 2009

       

    NFL marking AFL's history with legacy games

    NEW YORK (AP) The NFL will stage 16 games this season to honor the American Football League, which turns 50 in 2010.

    In announcing the 16 matchups Tuesday, the NFL said the eight original AFL teams will wear historic uniforms.

    Eleven legacy games will be matchups between those original AFL teams: Buffalo, New England, San Diego, Denver, Oakland, Tennessee, Kansas City and the New York Jets. The Chargers actually began life in Los Angeles in 1960, while the Titans were the Houston Oilers and the Chiefs were the Dallas Texans. The Jets were known as the New York Titans back then.

    The first legacy game is during the preseason, when Buffalo plays Tennessee in the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 8.

    On the first Monday night of the regular season, a doubleheader will feature Buffalo at New England, followed by San Diego at Oakland. On Sept. 27, the current Titans are at the former Titans: Tennessee at the Jets.

    On Oct. 11, New England is at Denver, while the following weekend has Tennessee at New England on Oct. 18, Denver at San Diego on Oct. 19.

    San Diego visits Kansas City on Oct. 25 in another legacy game, followed by the Jets at the Raiders.

    Buffalo is at Tennessee and Kansas City at Oakland on Nov. 15.

    Another legacy game has the Dallas Cowboys, wearing their jerseys from 1960-1962, at Kansas City on Oct. 11. From '60-62, the Texans and Cowboys shared the Cotton Bowl before the Texans moved to Kansas City to become the Chiefs.

    On Nov. 1, the Miami Dolphins, who joined the AFL as an expansion team in 1966, visit the Jets. On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, Oakland visits the Cowboys. Three days later, Miami is at Buffalo. On Dec. 8, the final legacy game has New England at Miami.

    Game-worn jerseys and signed memorabilia will be auctioned off throughout the season, with money raised going to the NFL Player Care Foundation.

    The AFL began in 1960 and lasted through 1969, when a merger with the NFL became official. The two leagues began playing championship games in the 1966 season, although the title game was not called the Super Bowl until the 1969 match between the Jets and Baltimore Colts.

     
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    April 21, 2009

    Reminder---

    Joe D and 2 others to ride 2,000 miles on bicycles to raise money for orphanage in Matamoras, Mexico

    Joe D and family at Joe's Hall of Fame induction

    (DAF Photos)

    see www.orphanagefundraiser.com and DONATE, DONATE, DONATE!!!

    The Purpose of the Bike Ride

    There are thousands of children around the world whose living conditions and daily lives are deplorable. One of those situations is in Matamoros Mexico where many children roam the streets soliciting donations, living in the dump trying to get food and various goods to sell or use, lacking education, and having no opportunity to escape the poverty and abuse that has become a routine part of their lives. We have been blessed with the opportunity to change these conditions for children, by building a safe and supportive orphanage that will begin to reverse this tragic situation that no child should experience.

    John Shinsky, Joe DeLamielleure, and Eljay Bowron are committed to generating the necessary resources to support abandoned, abused, and neglected children by riding bicycles 2000 miles from the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing Michigan, to the orphanage in Matamoros Mexico. With the love, support, and generosity of many people, we are completing the 12 building, 33,000 square foot facility that will provide a home, food, safety, love, education, bilingual and vocational training for hundreds of children who are abandoned, physically, sexually, and emotionally abused. Six buildings have been constructed thus far at a cost of $30. per square foot. 100% of all the donations that have been given to the project go directly to supporting this facility named, “The City of Children of Matamoros Mexico.”

    John, Joe, and Eljay hope that the financial resources generated from this bike ride through per mile donations, Ambassador Club memberships, short and long term donations, will give them what we need to open up a new world of opportunity for abandoned and abused children. Please visit our website at www.shinskyorphanage.com to see more details regarding the orphanage and consider making a donation to this worthy cause. Thank you for your consideration of this request.

     

     

    April 13, 2009

    Webster Estate's Attorney Cy Smith writes in Sports Business Journal-

    new NFLPA Exec Director DeMaurice Smith must focus his energies to

    fixing problems facing NFL retirees immediately

    here is an excerpt----

    Published April 13, 2009 : Page 22

    Editor’s note: The author represented the estate of former Pittsburgh Steelers player and hall of famer Mike Webster in the first successful lawsuit against the NFL’s pension plan.

    Last month, NFL players meeting in Hawaii took a historic step by electing only the third executive director in the history of their union, Washington lawyer and ex-prosecutor DeMaurice Smith. Now, the question looms as to whether the NFL’s union is ready to make a historic admission that it has, at best, ignored — and at worst, ripped off — its retired players. 

    While coverage of the new executive director has focused on the next round of negotiations with owners, the issue that should be front and center for the NFLPA is its commitment to retired NFL players, who number 13,000 and dwarf the approximately 1,700 current players. The ranks of these ex-players, and their needs for pension, health, disability benefits, will only continue to grow. Beyond the need to change specific policies, the union needs a new mind-set, a new willingness to engage retired players on their own terms and to treat them as stakeholders. And as with any organization, change begins at the top.

    It’s not easy to follow a legend. But with DeMaurice Smith’s new beginning, he has the chance to turn the page for the union and to provide new respect to the retired players who built the league.

     

     

     

    March 20,2009

    DeMAURICE SMITH NAMED NEW NFLPA EXEC DIRECTOR

    DAf offers congratulations, best wishes,

     and a hope to work together-

    a new era begins! we will be there to help....

    "Another immediate challenge Smith must deal with is repairing the rift between the union and a group retired players, who feel disenfranchised over their poorly funded pension and medical plans.

    Smith called it "a moral obligation" to address the concerns of retired players and noted that his transition team will include retired players.

    "The one clear message that I've had from the first time we met until yesterday: We need to be one team, we need to be one locker room," Smith said.

     

     

     

        

    DeMaurice Smith

    >click here for ESPN story on election of Smith as Exec Director<

     

     

     

    March 3, 2009

    MORE FROM EX-NFLPA EMPLOYEE VALERIE THOMAS

    Valerie shares her experience and education in this essay

    "Is Governmental Oversight Necessary at the NFLPA?"

    This revealing expose took a tremendous amount of time and courage on Valerie's part,

    We at DAF thank and always admire Valerie

    Her story exposes the need to blow up and rebuild the culture inside the NFLPA, past and present-

    We hope the "new" NFLPA coming in 2 weeks brings enormous change,

    gets rid of the Richard Nixon-type paranoiac environment

    Get rid of Condon, Berthelson, Moran (this heartless woman had Val climb stairs, denying Val access to elevators, and eventually played a role in her firing...yet when faced with her own termination, Moran went to her Daddy for rescue, Congressman Moran (VA)

    CURRENT PLAYERS AND THE NEW EXEC- PLEASE CLEAN HOUSE AT NFLPA!!!

    >click here for Valerie's essay<

     

     

     

    Feb 24, 2009

    Valerie Thomas

    Former longtime NFLPA Employee, and longtime friend of DAF's,

    VALERIE THOMAS

    writes a critical and timely piece

    about the state of the NFLPA and  Corporate Unionism

    here is an excerpt, please read this entire letter, especially current players---

    "Censorship and punitive disciplinary actions against Player Representatives, Executive Committee members and Retired Players by its own advisors could become a way of silencing and maintaining control and instituting fear of an organization that you helped build and support.  You must not allow people to create issues to exploit and fill their pockets at the expense of providing benefits to its members.

    Confidence in your leadership is necessary and the lack thereof will implode your organization.  You must demand professionalism with integrity and accountability.  You must do what is best for the players, not just the teams, the league or the game.  This is why the negotiation process is called Collective Bargaining.

    In 2011, if there is an impasse in CBA negotiations, NFL players could be locked out. 

      

    Do not allow self-promoting and outside influences to build a foundation in your head.  If you do, you might as well give them permission to use your Home Depot credit card to purchase and use your tools;  build your house; make you pay to furnish it; and, lock you out "

    >please click here for Valerie Thomas' letter<

     

    Feb 19, 2009

    JOE KAPP AND ROMAN GABRIEL JOIN DAF

    Legendary QB's Joe Kapp and Roman Gabriel come on Board-

    Kapp won Anti-trust lawsuit v. NFL in 1970's

    >for pictures and more information, click here<

          Roman Gabriel.

    Joe Kapp as head coach at Cal                                                                                           Roman Gabriel

     

    Feb. 18, 2009

                   SUPER BOWL

     

     

    Roman Oben

    ROMAN OBEN, A 2008 RETIREE AND LONGTIME

    NFLPA REP, WRITES TO DAF AND TO ALL NFL RETIREES

    Oben, a 12 year vet, was a players rep for 7 years and was on the "inside" until he retired last year.

    Now, read as Oben shares his valuable insider observations and thoughts

    on the players union, the history and future,

    and gives retirees valid reasons to back Troy Vincent as new NFLPA Exec Director

    Please read this historic letter, and see why Oben has convinced DAF to endorse Troy Vincent and urge

    all NFL retirees to let it be known that, of the 3 remaining candidates, we want Vincent

    Thank you to Roman Oben for writing this exclusive for DAF-

    >now- everybody click here to read Roman Oben's letter- you don't want to miss this!<

     

    Feb, 11, 2009

    NEW NFL RETIRED PLAYERS POLL/SURVEY RESULTS ARE RELEASED!

    (see link for full results below)

    Secure results from Zoomerang, the most trusted name in polling- one vote, one person, no tampering possible

    when asked, at this early stage, "who would you like to see on this board (as our representatives)?" (who do you want on the Board of the new NFL retirees group?)

      I humbly report the results-    remember, these are unofficial poll results, the REAL voting will occur soon as the advocate leaders agree....

     

    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)  

    7t-Bob Stein - (13)    

    Bruce Laird - (13)  

    9t-Roman Gabriel - (12)   

    Jon Arnett - (12)   

    Abner Haynes - (12)    

    Jim Marshall - (12)  

    10- Delvin Williams - (10)  

    Joe Kapp, Jerry Kramer, Joe Delameilurre, Jim McFarland, and Kenny Easley each got 9 votes

    102 others not listed above also received at least one vote

    As for the votes for women,   Jane Arnett led with 6, Sharon Hawkins, Sylvia Mackay, and Cathy Smith had 3, and Brandi Winans, Gina Boyd, and Dr Eleanor Perfetto also received votes.

     

    ALL RETIREES, ALL ADVOCATES, ALL GROUPS-

    THE TIME HAS COME TO UNITE FOR VICTORY-

    NOT BEHIND ONE OF US, BUT BEHIND THE STRONG VOICES OF ALL THE RETIREES! THEY HAVE TOLD US CLEARLY IN 3 POLLS WHAT THEY THINK AND WHAT THEY WANT, LET'S ACCOMODATE THEM - THE ROAD IS UNWINDING BEFORE US, THE RETIREES ARE LEADING, NOT ONE GROUP OR ANOTHER...

     

                           

    Hon. Linda Sancehz, House Judiciary                                 Roman Gabriel-back behind center one more time,

                                                                                              quarterbacking our fight for NFL retiree's rights.

     

     

                            

      Joe Kapp, an emerging spokesman for                          One of the Greatest- Abner Haynes!

                        NFL Retirees-AGAIN!

       We will hear much from Joe on DAF soon                                                                             

     

                                                 

    Ben Lynch-4th in poll                                    Jim Marshall, always a voice for retired players     

     

     

         Kenny Easley, DAF co-founder, lost a kidney

         and almost his life due to NFL doctors

        who gave him too many tylenol/painkilers for

       his injured ankle- it cost him his for-sure automatic Hall of Fame Induction

            (which he will still get!!!)

         but hw was damn near killed by drugs given exclusively to him by Seahawks doctors

     

     

     

                       

                                                                                

    Delvin Williams story needs to be heard                                   Jeff Nixon

     

                                                          

    Bob Stein, seen today and as a player(#66)                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                     

    Bob's experience-- a NFL players,  successful player agent, and GM                                                                                                                                                    of NBA's Timberwolves, and his passion for helping retired NFL players plight,

    make Bob Stein a voice to be reckoned with and a huge advantage for our side

     

    poll results right here!

    click link below for all results, charts, and the most valuable individual comments!!!-----

    http://www.dignityafterfootball.org/WhatdowedonextSurvey2009.htm

     

     

    DAf has ALWAYS been grassrotts, controlled by YOU---so, we need and appreciate your comments and questions

    send to bboyd62@aol.com

    or, for our friends not on the computer, have them mail to

    DAF,

    10580 N McCarran Blvd

    #115-226

    Reno, NV, 89502

     

     

     

     

    Feb 8, 2009

    THREE Articles explain how Troy Vincent will get rid of all NFLPA

    Upshaw remnants as Exec Director!

    - so, naturally, Troy Vincent is victim of enormous

    Upshaw-style smear campaign

    click on articles below---

    yahoo sports" Politics as usual in search for next union chief"

    Pro Football Talk

    Sports Business Journal

     

    Feb 7, 2009

    Politics as usual in search for next union chief

    click here for article

     

    Feb 2, 2009

    Contra Costa Times " Hits keep coming for NFL retirees"

    click here for article

     

    Feb 1, 2009

    NY Daily News Slams NFL for

    "IGNORING VET'S NEEDS"

    click here for NY Daily News article

     

     

    Feb 1, 2009

    Jeff Nixon Gives Drew Brees an Education

    click here for Nixon's open letter about Drew Brees' ignorant comments about NFL retirees

     

     

    Feb. 1, 2009

    Today, Super Bowl Sunday-

    Congresswoman Linda Sanchez writes

    scathing article about the shameful

    treatmant given to NFL Retirees

    the Hon. Sanchez was Chairwoman of House Judiciary subcommittee

    hearing looking into NFL disability benefits

    click here for link to Rep. Linda Sanchez' letter----

     

     

    Jan 28, 2009

    Screen Actors Guild (SAG) fires ex-Upshaw partner in crime Doug Allen

    Federal Jury found allen complicit in the corrupt breach of fiduciary duties by the NFLPA- holding Upshaw and allen most culpable

    click here for SAG firing of Doug Allen story

     

     

    Jan 27, 2009                                                                      Page 1 2 3 4 5

    SLI ANNOUNCES SHOCKING RESEARCH RESULTS AT SUPER BOWL PRESS CONFERENCE

    it's not too late to become a braindonor, please see below for info and forms

    from Boston Globe---

    In an alarming discovery for the nation's youth football community, clinical researchers reported today that the brain of a recently deceased 18-year-old high school football player showed the earliest signs of an incurable debilitating disease caused by the kind of repetitive head trauma he experienced on the field.

    Postmortem exams of the brains of six former NFL players who died prematurely between the ages of 36 and 50 have confirmed they suffered from the disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the BU team said in a news conference near the site of the Super Bowl in Tampa. The researchers said the disease is caused by multiple head injuries and afflicts individuals similarly to early-onset Alzheimer's.

    former NFL player Brent Boyd said he suffers from post-concussion disability. Boyd, 51, played six seasons as an offensive lineman for the Minnesota Vikings in the 1980s.

    "I know the indignities caused every day by mild traumatic brain damage," he said.

    Boyd recently sent a letter to 2,000 retired NFL players imploring them to donate their brains to the study after their deaths.

    "As NFL retirees, we already have given all we can of our bodies and brains, while alive at least," he wrote. "Here is one [more] chance to give something to the sport of football, not to the league owners or union, but to Pop Warner, high school, college, and future NFL players."

    ***click here for entire Boston Globe article by Bob Hohler***

     

                                                                                                                                                                                                            

     

    Jan  19, 20, 21, 2009

    THE MOST IMPORTANT REQUEST WE HAVE EVER MADE!

    BECOME A DONOR TODAY

    PLEASE SUPPORT SPORTS LEGACY INSTITUTE (SLI) AND Boston U IN THEIR BRAIN DAMAGE RESEARCH (see page 1 for link to SLI--- and Forms and details are below these paragraphs)

    NFL RETIREES NEED TO MAKE ONE LAST HEROIC SACRIFICE, THIS TIME FOR MANKIND-

    PLEASE BECOME A BRAIN DONOR!

    click and read here for all the forms and details

     

     

     

    Jan. 21, 2009

    Brandi Winans,

    former wife of ex-NFL player Jeff,      

    releases latest book about life in the NFL,

    for both the players and their wives

    "The Flip Side of Glory" details our experience fighting with with the NFL for Jeff's disability income, etc.  and discussing the  concussion crisis. A portion of all of the proceeds from my book will go to an Educational college Fund for Disabled Players Children through our foundation, Day For Our Children" - Brandi

    Please buy this book!

         

    "The Flip Side of Glory" by Brandi Winans

    The Flip Side
    of Glory
    Brandi Winans

    reviews---

    The Flip Side of Glory gives the reader an insight into the seamy side of the NFL that the apple
    pie, motherhood and patriotic owners do not want you to learn about. The book should
    change your view of the NFL.
    Bill Block, Author
    An Imortal Team of Mortal Men - The 1972 USC Football Team.


    This book gives one powerful story behind the scenes that fans just wouldn't understand
    without reading it. In this riveting book, Brandi tells of the roller coaster ride of being
    married to the NFL. It is a must read.
    Carolyn B. Quintin, M. A., Quintin and Associates
    Leadership, Teams, Diversity & Conflict Mgmt.


    A heart-wrenching story of love, accceptance and hope. A great read.
    Laurie Vallett, National Sales Manager
    Tradewinds Island Resorts, St. Pete Beach


    A book from the heart that tells the truth about so many athletes’ plight after the game is over.
    Will D. Rhame, Author

    Introduction by
    New York Times
    Best-Selling Author
    Joan Johnston

    visit Brandi atwww.Brandiwinans.com  or www.dayforourchildren.com

     

     

    Jan. 19, 2009

    Legendary HUGH MCELHENNY writes to Goodell one week after

    Senate Commerce hearing in Sept. 2007 and is STILL  awaiting a reply-

    another great legend JON ARNETT comments on the disrespect shown to Hugh;

    and Jon ALSO comments on the meeting in Newport with Goodell and NFL retirees

    Don't miss the insightful comments of these two legendary NFL players- first brought to you right here by DAF-

    click here for their letters and the forward written by Brent Boyd

     

     

    Jan. 17, 2009

    Read Brent Boyd's recap of the Newport meeting with Goodell---

    from his perspective, everyone will have their own unique experience-

    this is entertaining and informative!

    Click here for Brent Boyd's report on the Newport meeting with Goodell

     

     

    Jan. 16, 2009

    Bernie Parrish explains his thoughts on why all NFL retirees

    need to oppose nomination of Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General

    click here for letter from Bernie, the man who started, is responsible for, and researched tirelessly for

    the San Francisco trial v NFLPA/Players Inc.

     

     

    Jan. 14, 2009

    Here are results of DAF's 2nd poll- asking only one write-in question..."If you could attend tonight's meeting in Newport, Ca with Goodell and NFL retirees, what statements or questions would you want to make to the Commissioner. These are great, well thought out, personal and insightful answers. No one was required to put their name, but some did, such as Roman Gabriel

    click here for results of DAF's 2nd survey

     

     

    Jan. 10, 2009

    Results are in for DAF's Inauguaral Online Survey- SEE THE STUNNING RESULTS HERE!

    See here for results of the survey, which dealt with the issues of the search for a new NFLPA Exec Director and also other issues facing NFL retirees-

    Some examples:

    >> NFLPA Executive Director Search Survey Results 2009

    >> Click here to see all results including the write-in (which was called "other, please specify"

    - every write-in comment is posted here for all to read as well as vote totals and percentages

     


     

    Jan. 2, 2009

    Kathy Smith (wife of Lucious) and Brent Boyd

    appear on Black Athlete Sports Network radio

    -FOOTBALL REPORTERS ONLINE-

    (BASN)

    click here to listen

     

     

    Dec. 25, 2008

    DAF'S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

    FROM BRENT BOYD-

    FIRST, A MESSAGE TO THE WIVES OF NFL RETIREES---

    EVERY EMAIL FROM DAF SINCE THE BEGINNING DAY ONE, HAS BEGUN WITH THE GREETING "TO  FELLOW NFL RETIREES AND YOUR WIVES AND LOVED ONES "

    (BEFORE THE MESSAGE, WE WANT TO POINT OUT THAT DAF PIONEERED THE IMPORTANCE OF WIVE'S ISSUES AND THE DIFFERENT SET OF PROBLEMS THAT YOU COURAGEOUSLY FACE- WITH NO HELPLINE OR SUPPORT...

    DAF WAS FOUNDED WITH WIVES AS BEING JUST AS IMPORTANT AS EX-PLAYERS AND THE MISSION OF CHANGING THAT INJUSTICE AND PROVIDING UNIQUE SERVICES TO ASSIST WIVES AND FAMILY MEMBERS..

    DAF HAS HAD ON-STAFF FOR YOUR USE A PROMINENT AND RESPECTED

    PROFESSIONAL LICENSED MARRIAGE FAMILY THERAPIST -MFT--

    NO ONE ELSE HAS GONE TO THE EXTENT TO HELP WIVES OF NFL RETIREES AS DAF-

    --PLEASE KEEP US IN YOUR HEART --

    NFL RETIREE'S WIVES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN VITAL TO OUR MISSION

    AND WE THANK YOU WIVES FOR YOUR STUBBORN SUPPORT)

    ---AND NOW, THE CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM BRENT BOYD----

    Fellow NFL retirees AND YOUR WIVES AND LOVED ONES,

      Dignity After Football (DAF) would like to thank you for your continued support and wish you and your's a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a great New Year.  

    we would also like to thank the members of the media and the United States Congress who have had the courage to expose the shameful  acts of the NFL and NFLPA. We pray for your integrity and persistence. Our's is a group who will suffer mightily without your attention.  God Bless you all.  

    DAF would also especially like to acknowledge and thank our brothers and sisters in this fight for dignity- all the other NFL retiree Advocacy groups and individuals. They do the tireless and selfless work of saints... we may all attack from different angles, but we are united as one team, with one goal as our focus.  Thanks to all of these heroes.  

    We have a lot of work still to be done- unfortunately too many of you know exactly what I am talking about and are suffering needlessly as you read this. To accomplish your relief, we MUST unite into one democratic group, with the large loud voice of ALL NFL retiree's and your wives behind it.  

    so, again, thank you all for supporting me and DAF, we wish you nothing but the best in the future and a happy holiday season now.  

    and most of all,-  to you the ex-player, your wives and families--- may you have a life with DIGNITY.  

    Gratefully,

    Brent and Gina Boyd

    www.dignityafterfootball.org

    775-560-7746


     

     

     

    Dec 21, 2008

    Hear Dr. Eleanor Perfetto, Sylvia Mackey, Alan Schwartz of NY Times

    on Public Radio's "On Point"

    here are comments from host Tom Ashbrook

    When the lights are up and the crowd is roaring, it’s all glorious mayhem in the National Football League. The power, the plays, the crunching hits and tackles.

    But when the lights go down, the crowds go home, and careers end,

    it’s often NFL wives left to pick up the battered pieces.

    The toughest wounds to deal with: brain damage from repeated poundings and concussion on the football field. Retired players dealing with depression, memory loss, dementia. Big men reduced to helplessness.

    This hour, On Point: NFL wives on the long trail of concussion on the field.

    You can join the conversation. What do you think when you hear the crack of helmets on the football field? What about the brains, the men inside those helmets — and their wives?

    -Tom Ashbrook

    click here to listen to the program

     

     

     

     

    Dec. 18, 2008

    Wives and meetings with Goodell-

    an issue PROUDLY first brought foreward by DAF

     

    THE ISSUE 1ST BROUGHT ON WAS

    BY OTHERS WHO WERE

    WANTING ONLY THEIR ATTORNEY LET IN,

    asking "why not let our attorney in?"

     

    ONLY DAF ASKED "WHY NOT THE WIVES?"

     

    THANK YOU TO ALL THE WIVES OF NFL RETIREES

    WHO ARE SO ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN DAF

    -YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS ARE INVALUABLE-

     

    WE KNOW YOU WIVES HAVE A DIFFERENT SET OF ISSUES AS YOUR HUSBANDS,

    WE HAVE A FAMILY THERAPIST ON STAFF JUST FOR YOUR QUESTIONS,

    WE KNOW THAT WHAT EFFECTS YOUR HUSBAND EFFECTS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY-

    AND WE AT DAF HAVE BEEN FIGHTING AND ADVOCATING

    FOR YOU WIVES FOR YEARS NOW

    OTHERS WERE ONLY CONCERNED ABOUT ATTORNEYS

    OF ALL THINGS, NOT WIVES, BEING

    LET INTO MEETINGS---

     

    WE AT DAF ALONE

    MADE

    PHONE CALLS ASKING IF THE BAN ALSO APPLIED TO WIVES,

    ESPECIALLY WIVES WHO HAVE HUSBANDS

    WITH DEMENTIA OR ALHEIMERS

     

    HERE ARE TWO EXCERPTS OF EMAILS THAT CAUGHT

    THE MEDIA'S ATTENTION,

    1ST IS A "FAKE LETTER" SUPPOSEDLY WRITTEN BY GOODELL-

    BUT WRITTEN BY US-

     

    (EMAILED NOV 4, 2008)

     

    "from DAF- a special note to NFL retirees from Roger Goodell:

      "Dear NFL Retirees,

    We  could have announced this Saturday's meeting in Chicago weeks ago,

    just as we could easily release to you our intended schedule for the remainder of this year's meetings today.  

    However, in doing so, we run the risk of higher attendance,

    as well as the frightful prospect of having in attendance those 

    who are actually affected by the issues to be discussed.

    We have already disallowed spouses to attend in place of their dementia diagnosed husbands.

      But yet we remain steadfastly fearful of fielding some actual tough questions, questions that may contain real facts

    and to see living examples to back them up.

    So you will be kept in the dark until further notice.  

    You see, had we announced the meeting this Saturday Nov. 8th weeks ago,

    it would have been more convenient and affordable for you to attend.

    It would be the "right" and merciful thing to do. (we don't roll that way...)

    By operating THIS way, only NFL retirees who have the financial means to travel at the last minute will be able to attend.

    Sans attorneys. Obviously the demographics of this un-lawyered jet-set group are more

    favorable to us

    and, frankly,

    a lot less grumpy than the thousands of you who are suffering mightily from your NFL injuries,

    poverty level pensions, and from our insistence on denying you your rightful disability benefits.  

    I mean, who wants to face THAT crowd, am I right?"

    (end excerpt)

     

     

    THE SECOND EMAIL THAT THE MEDIA READ BUT NOT THE LOUDEST ADVOCATES TODAY--

    (EMAILED NOV. 8, 2008)

             

    "Fellow NFL Retirees and your loved ones:  

       

    We  at Dignity After Football (DAF) are diligently working to improve our fate as NFL retirees and trying to ensure the NFL and NFLPA live up to any promises made, as are many other distinguished groups and individuals.  

       

    Today  I am asking for your help in gathering some statistical and anecdotal information following today's meeting of NFL retirees and Roger Goodell in Chicago.  

       

    We need the help of both ex-players AND your wives/loved ones.  

       

    If you attended today's meeting, please email me ASAP at bboyd62@aol.com.

       

    Your replies will be kept confidential (remember I turned in over 600 heartfelt personal letters from NFL reitirees to the U.S. Congress and not ONE word from any letter has been leaked or used for promotional purposes. Also, since Day One, all of our emails from DAF have been sent "blind copy" in order to protect your identity.)

       

      Specifically, we need immediately the following info:  

       

    1 - Who attended the meeting, whether ex-players, NFL execs or NFLPA representatives,  or others, etc  

       

    2 - How do you feel the meeting went? What was discussed?  

       

    3 -We are of upmost concern that the wife of ANY former player was denied entrance, but even more specifically--          -were any wives who's husband is diagnosed with dementia denied entrance?           Did you wives even know about this meeting, were you given advance notice? If you knew of the meeting, would you have attempted to attend? Or if you did know, were you discouraged from attempting to attend by the NFL's notice given that no wives or family members would be allowed? We need to know all of this please.  

       

    4 - Did they say when or if the next meeting will be held? Was a schedule of future meetings released?  

       

    5 -Lastly, please feel free to give any other comments you have about today's meetings or suggestions for future meetings.    

       

    Thank you for your help and participation. Your information will go a long way to improve the lives of NFL retirees- while they are still living! As opposed to the NFL/NFLPA's longstanding policy of "Delay, Deny, and Hope We Die".   Thank you for reading and thanks in advance for your  emails.  

       

    Please forward this to all ex-players on your email address book.   Remember....   United We Stand--Divided We Fall  

       

    Brent Boyd

       

    www.dignityafterfootball.org

       

    bboyd62@aol.com

    775-560-7746

    (end of email)



     

     

    Dec 11, 2008

    DAF Logo used by Examiner

     

    NFL and union will cough up $100 

    a month towards Medicare supplement

    4 comments December 9, 3:17 PM

    by Paula Duffy, Sports Examiner

     


      Dignity After Football logo (in Examiner)

     

    Don't get me started on the latest magnanimous gesture of the NFL. And I say that with all the sarcasm I can muster.

    The league has been humbled by the plight of retired players who have a difficult time making ends meet, keeping a roof over their heads and getting necessary medical care. They believe that most of that care is related to the toll on their bodies from their years in the NFL.

    We have heard Mike Ditka speak on the subject as well as former Packer great Jerry Kramer. Wives of retired players like Sylvia Mackey have taken center stage at times to raise awareness about the condition of their husbands.

    The league and its union have pitted the active players against the retirees by insisting that the money for needy older men must come from the the salary cap numbers that apply to those on NFL rosters today. That has caused undue stress between the active union members and the men who claim they gave up their bodies so that the youngsters can make millions a year. It's not pretty.

    The former head of the NFL Players Association, the late Gene Upshaw was from that older generation of former players and the animus that existed between him and some of his former teammates was palpable. The league and union, in the last few years have established some programs to address the needs of players with dementia and those who require joint replacement.

    But the biggest issue for the retired players who are approaching or already at the age of 65 has always been medical coverage. In its latest move to try and satisfy that vocal group, the union and league announced a monthly stipend for all players over the age of 65 and who are fully vested in the pension plan. It is to be used towards a Medicare supplemental plan. If you know anything about the cost of medication today, that small stipend doesn't get you very far. But as the league likes to say, it's better than anything that other sports organizations offer their retired players well after they have retired.

    What they never seem to want to address is the difference between the shape of one's body after a career, no matter how long, in the NFL vs. say Major League Baseball.

    http://www.examiner.com/x-426-Sports-Examiner~y2008m12d9-NFL-and-union-will-cough-up-100-a-month-towards-Medicare-supplement

     

     

     

    Dec 2, 2008

    Players Inc trial

    OPENING STATEMENTS

    thanks to lead attorney Ron Katz for selecting info for you to read-

    today, here is Day 2 of the trial

    Read the great Opening Statement by Peter Parcher!

    --Also, Clifton McNeil begins his testimony

    click here for transcripts

     

     

     

    Dec 1, 2008

    SF TRIAL TRANSCRIPTS

    THANKS TO LEAD ATTORNEY RON KATZ--

    DAY ONE OF TRIAL

    JURY SELECTION

    CLICK HERE FOR TRANSCRIPTS

     

     

     

    Nov 26, 2008

    BRENT BOYD APPEARS LIVE

    ON BLACK ATHLETES SPORTS NETWORK

    (BASN)

    FOOTBALL REPORTERS ONLINE SHOW

    LEGEND LEONARD MARSHALL AND

    LIFFERT HOBLEY ALSO APPEAR

    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE SHOW,

    BOYD APPEARS AT ABOUT THE 50 MINUTE MARK

     

     

     

    Nov 25, 2008

    INDIANA UNIVERSITY STUDENT PAPER WRITES

    ONE OF BEST EVER REPORTS ON NFL RETIREES' PLIGHT.

    ABOUT BRENT BOYD, AND ANDRE WATERS' SUICIDE

    "CARRIED OFF IN A COFFIN"

    (excerpt)
    What would it be like to play God? The NFL might know.

    If I were God, I would do three things: end world hunger, cure all forms

    of cancer

    and give Brent Boyd $960,000 dollars.

    Boyd is a former offensive lineman for the Minnesota Vikings.

    He only played seven seasons, but he should have played more.

    To say Boyd was smart is to say that Helen of Troy was average-looking....

    And while the health of its former players have declined,

    the NFL has skyrocketed in dollars and demand.

    It has the highest revenues of the four major sports, earning nearly $6 billion a year.

    The NFL's latest contract, which will run until the end of 2011,

    will bring in $3.7 billion a year for television rights alone.

    But they won't pay Boyd a dime more than $1,550 per month.

    He deserves the minimum $4,000 that retired players receive if they can prove

    that their disabilities stem from football-related injuries.

    If I were God, Boyd would receive $960,000 -- for the 20 years the NFL has ignored his paralyzed pleas.

    The NFL turned its back on Waters, too. The repercussions of concussions

    were too much for him. He finally gave in, as Boyd's teammate had once put it,

    the only way an NFL player can.

    Waters was carried off in a coffin, having done as he was told.

     

    click here for Indiana U story "Carried off in a Coffin"

     

     

    Nov. 24, 2008

    JEFF NIXON WRITES LETTER TO NFL RETIREES

    RE:GLA'S AND LICENSING

    PLEASE READ!!

    an excerpt:

    "Obviously, the revenue generating capacity of current superstar players

    and Hall of Fame players is greater than that of most players both active

    and retired, but all of them would acknowledge that football is a team sport

    and that their achievements on the field could only be made possible

    by the hard work and contributions of their teammates.

    When the NFLPA first issued the GLA's, I thought that

    they were finally recognizing this fact. 

    Unfortunately, they did not follow through with their end of the agreement.

    please click here to read Jeff Nixon's important letter

     

     

     

     

     

    Nov. 19, 2008

     

    A Developing EA Sports Scandal?

    Players, Inc. helped Electronic Arts buy rights to the likenesses

    of nearly 150 Hall of Famers for far less than those rights are worth.

    by Peter Keating

     

    ESPN MAG'S PETER KEATING

    WRITES ABOUT HOW EA

    SCREWED HOF'ers

     OUT OF MONEY IN A BELOW-MARKET-VALUE

    SECRET DEAL

    - IT ALSO PUT THE COMPETITION OUT OF BUSINESS

    We sent an email with the attachment containing

    all the pertinent emails, courtesy of

    Ron Katz...

    if you missed that email, let me know and I will send it to you

    write me at bboyd62@aol.com for a copy

     

    click here for Peter Keating's ESPN Article

     

     

     

     

     

    Nov. 16, 2008

    "THE SMOKING GUN LETTER"

    as called by lead attorney Ron Katz,

    this is one of the most important pieces of evidence

    in the SF trial between retired NFL players v NFLPA/ Players Inc

    This is a letter from Players Inc (NFLPA) Asst. VP Lashun Lawson

    to Electronic Arts (EA) - the makers of the Madden video games,

    warning them not to use actual "real" retired players,

    but to scramble identities instead,

    in order to prevent having to pay the retired players

    Remember, Madden games have 143 "vintage" teams,

    made up of you retirees from decades past, and only 32 "current" teams

    please click here to read this letter

     

     

     

    Nov 15, 2008

    RON KATZ, LEAD ATTORNEY, SENDS

    DIGNITY AFTER FOOTBALL

    A COPY OF THE CLOSING ARGUMENTS-

    IN HIS WORDS---

    "Fyi attached is closing argument that generated $21 million in punitive damages"

    After the Jury found for the Plaintiff's, the next and last hearing was on Punitive damages.

    The jury had already awarded $7.1 mil, but would they add to that figure with Punitive damages

    to set an example for ALL Unions not to behave in this type of malicious misconduct?

    Or would they award nothing additional?

    This is Ron Katz argument that added the additional $21 mil in punitive damages

    to the existing $7.1 mil, giving us a total of $28.1 mil-

    a VERY strong message sent by the jury, thanks to Katz' closing comments

    click here to read Katz' closing argument

     

     

     

    Nov.14, 2008

    RON KATZ' STATEMENT TO NFL RETIREES

    WE HAVE RECEIVED COUNTLESS EMAILS SINCE WE RELEASED

    THE LIST OF MEMBERS OF THE CLASS ACTION SUIT-

    MANY ARE ASKING, "WHY WASN'T I INCLUDED? WHY WERE SOME OF MY TEAMMATES WHO

    PLAYED ONLY A YEAR INCLUDED; WHAT WAS THE CRITERIA FOR BEING INCLUDED; AND MOST IMPORTANTLY,

    WHAT WAS THE CRITERIA FOR GETTING A GROUP LICENSING AGREEMENT (GLA) TO SIGN FROM THE NFLPA

    IN THE FIRST PLACE? IS IT TOO LATE TO ADD MY NAME? ETC

    IN ORDER TO HELP REPRESENT RETIRED PLAYERS, WE AGAIN CONTACTED LEAD PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY

    RON KATZ

    AND ASKED HIM TO PROVIDE DAF WITH A STATEMENT ADDRESSING THSE QUESTIONS

    WE THANK MR. KATZ FOR HIS PROMPT REPLY, AND FOR ALL HIS

    DEDICATED WORK IN WINNING THIS CASE

    REMEMBER, WE WERE NOT PART OF THIS CASE, WE ARE JUST

    HELPING IN COMMUNICATIONS WITH RETIREES AND ACTING AS YOUR REPORTERS

    AND NOW, THE STATEMENT FROM RON KATZ TO DIGNITY AFTER FOOTBALL-------

     

    ,                        " to Brent Boyd,

    The list of those who signed GLA's that were effective between February 14, 2004 and February 13, 2007

    was provided to the class action law firms by the NFLPA.  The class action law firms

    then retained a professional

    mailing firm to send first-class letters to those 2074 players on the list,

    who then had until August 15, 2008

    to opt out of the class. 

    Twelve players opted out.

    The NFLPA decided who received GLA's.  From the evidence, it appears that

    the union made solicitations of retired members to sign GLA's from time to time,

    both by mail and at meetings of retired players. 

    The class list is now a public record.  If someone has a signed GLA for the relevant period

    but is not on the list, the class lawyers will make the Court aware

    of that and will ask that that person be included."

    (end of statement)

     

     

    Nov. 13, 2008

    HERE IT IS, WHAT YOU'VE ALL BEEN ASKING-

    "WHO IS INCLUDED IN THIS CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT?"

     A Dignity After Football exclusive report

    Here is your first look at the entire class list, given to Dignity After Football

    today by lead Plaintiff Attorney Ron Katz (thank you, Mr. Katz)

    we have received countless inquiries to see who was included.

    I was NOT, for example.

    We were not a part of this case, we just reported the facts to you.

    Special thanks to Herb Adderly for being lead plaintiff and painfully

    sitting and suffering thru the trial , with Dignity,

    and thanks to attorneys Ron Katz and Peter Parcher

    and their wonderful support teams.

    Now, we have the pleasure of being the first to announce to you

    the members of the Class Action suit v NFLPA/Players Inc.:

    click here to see the full official list, see if you are included

     

     

    Nov.12, 2008

    New York Times reports on NFL retirees & NFLPA

    Brent Boyd speaks to the New York Times

    distinguished writed Alan Schwartz

    "Court Verdict for N.F.L. Retirees Starts New Era"

    by Alan Schwartz

    "One retired player, the former Minnesota Vikings lineman Brent Boyd,

    said on Tuesday that he hoped a new era of cooperation could be forged, p

    articularly in the wake of the death of the longtime union chief Gene Upshaw in August. Upshaw,

    whose replacement has not been selected, had been a lightning rod for criticism by retirees.

    “I think definitely it will have ripple effects,” Boyd said of the verdict. “I’m hoping it will cause some fresh thinking

    and cooperation with retired players instead of all-out war,

    which is what we’ve been getting.”

    click here for full NY Times article

    or-

    if that link forces you to a subscription,

    click here for a copy

     

     

     

    Nov.11, 2008

    Los Angeles Times reports on Players Inc. verdict

    (Greg Johnson reporting)

    "If you do the math, it comes out to $13,000 per class member," said Ron Katz, the Bay Area attorney

    who represented 2,062 former NFL players, including 17 Hall of Fame members.

    "I think the former players are going to be very satisfied."

    However, the lawyers and judge must still decide how to divvy up the award,

    some of which will go toward paying attorneys.

    Herb Adderley, the former Green Bay Packers great and Hall of Fame member

    who initiated the class-action lawsuit more than two years ago,

    said Monday that the financial award will

    "help a lot of guys, and, hopefully, change the union's ways of taking advantage of the retired players."

     

    Katz said that language in the counts that jurors found the union to be guilty of included such phrases as

    "malicious and oppressive conduct with evil motive," and

    "conduct that was outrageous and grossly fraudulent."

    "I couldn't have said it better myself," Adderley said.

    The jury's verdict "opens the door for Congress to revisit the many wrongful denials of disability benefits,"

    said former Minnesota Vikings player Brent Boyd, who wasn't part of the class-action lawsuit but has been lobbying in Washington

    for a federal investigation into how the union and league treat former players.

    click here for full LA Times story

     

     

     

    Nov. 10, 2008

    4:50 p.m. Pacific time

    Retired NFL Players Get $28.1M,

    Including $21M in Punitives

    Dignity After Football was the first

    to report this great news to NFL Retirees-

    visit us for the latest news and opinions

     

    click here for story

     

     

     

    Nov. 4, 2008

    GOODELL ANNOUNCES MEETING WITH RETIREES

    IN CHICAGO ONLY A DISGRACEFUL

    5 DAYS IN ADVANCE

    the meeting is in Halas Hall this Sat. Nov 8,

    --the cowards refuse to give advance notice,

    they don't want us to attend-

    but gleam rave reviews for the meetings anyway

    from media

     

     

     

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