DIGNITY AFTER FOOTBALL
Sept 17, 2008
JEFF NIXON Writes Open Letter to NFL Retirees-
gives thoughtful and precise review of our current state
"NFLPA SCRAMBLES RETIRED PLAYERS AND HALL OF FAMERS"
Sept 13, 2008
MEMORIAL SERVICES HELD FOR FORMER
NFL COACH AND PLAYER, SERVICES HELD IN RENO, NV
Floyd played at the defensive tackle position for twelve seasons (1959 to 1970) in the National Football League
with the Cleveland Browns
, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins.
His career highlights include three-time All-Pro status (1964, 1966 to 1967)
and three-time Pro Bowl selection (1964, 1966 to 1967),
including outstanding lineman for the 1967 Pro Bowl.
He went on to become one of the most successful defensive coordinators of his time
Sept 1, 2008
We thought he was gone, WE WERE RESPECTFUL....
what do we get????
ALL NFL PLAYERS MUST WEAR PATCH ON
UNIFORM HONORING GENE UPSHAW
FOR ENTIRE 2008 SEASON;
SOME STADIUMS TO PAINT REPLICA
OF PATCH ON FIELD
IS THIS APPROPRIATE OR PISSING IN OUR FACE?
Aug 30, 2008
VIRGIANIAN-PILOT RUNS SERIES OF ARTICLES
EXPLAINING PLIGHT OF RETIRED NFL PLAYERS
thanks to ed miller and the virginian-Pilot for having the courgage to
continue to tell our truths; some in media have gone mysteriously silent;
are they bought off, tired of our suffering; or appeased by false announcements
by the "Alliance"?
Please encourage your local papers to keep on our stories, to tell
our truths...it's called "journalism"
"NFL disability hassles add to pain of lingering injuries"
By Ed Miller
© August 30, 2008
link to the three related articles below
(After-effects of NFL concussions)
( Despite changes, NFL benefits claims fraught with red tape)
( NFL disability hassles add to pain of lingering injuries)
Aug 26, 2008
GRIDIRON GREATS, COACH DITKA HOLD GREAT WEEK OF EVENTS;
RAISE MONEY FOR THE HURTING AND AFFECTED FORMER NFL PLAYERS
THANK YOU GRIDIRON GREATS
THANK YOU COACH DITKA FOR YOUR OUTSPOKEN LEADERSHIP
(picture courtesy of Gridiron Greats-
for more info go to www.gridirongreats.org)
AUG 21, 2008
***EXTRA NEWS SPECIAL***
GENE UPSHAW DIES AT AGE 63
IRONICALLY, UPSHAW DIES A FEW MINUTES FROM BRENT BOYD'S
RENO/TAHOE AREA HOME
SOME FIRST MEDIA NEWS REPORTS:
WASHINGTON POST, AUG 22-
DAF QUOTE FROM THE POST-
Offensive lineman Brent Boyd, one of the players who had clashed with Upshaw over benefits for retirees,
said yesterday he didn't feel the blame for the dispute rested entirely with Upshaw.
"I would say no life is easily reduced to one issue, and we had our issues and he's caused some suffering,
but there's still some humanity and our hearts and prayers go out to his family," Boyd said.
"Upshaw was an easy target, but the problem was bigger than him. It is the institution itself and the commissioner.
He would be the piñata and take the beating and make it seem that one man was taking the shots,
but the problem is more than just him."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS - AUG 22
DAF QUOTE FROM NY DAILY NEWS:
by football concussions, ;remembered Upshaw, who died Wednesday night at age 63 from pancreatic cancer,
as the leader of a union that was intent on keeping him from receiving benefits.
"My thoughts and prayers are with his family," said Boyd, who testified before Congress last year on his battle with the NFLPA.
"That's more than he did for retired players and their families. He didn't lift a finger to help me."
Huff, Boyd and other former players say the NFL's disability and retirement plan,
which is run jointly by the league and the union,
is designed not to assist players who suffered debilitating injuries but to stonewall them.
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