Observations from Tony Davis
I have spent this past week researching several areas of contention. My work is not yet complete but I’ll keep you all abreast of what I find as fact. Here are a few highlights that I want to share with all of you and I’ll follow up with more details:
Our Union, the NFLPA, is now claiming that they know the current Disability System is broken and needs to be fixed. That they’re finally making that admission is good. What’s bad is they claim they have taken steps to fix it with these new adjustments to the Disability Plan. First of all, they did nothing until former players went before a Congressional Committee to bring attention to the issues and then that was followed up by a bombardment of e-mails to our Senators and Congressmen. Your pressure forced their hand. I was then told by an NFLPA official that, “Gene has wanted for years to help the Retiree who had to take his Pension early but couldn’t get Disability because of the NFLPA rule.”
The fact is that last Fall, Gene Upshaw made the statement that he could do nothing about the Retiree who took his Pension early and now was disabled because it was “the law.” Double talk or apparently “The Law” was amended. I was also told by a Union Rep – as many of you have been – that the “Pensions” will not move as there is just not enough money. Another crock, as most of you have now seen the MLB vs NFL Pension comparisons.
We must never let up. We must continue to lobby our Congressman and Senators; this has been very effective. Why did our Union spend millions of OUR money to fight Mike Webster and his Family and continues to fight our crippled and disabled Retired Players with OUR money? (By the way, the Webster family eventually won that suit!)
Let’s make sure those who built this league finally get what they deserve as well.