A Post from Bob Grant: A winning strategy for Retired Players
A winning strategy for Retired Players
If we want to improve our position in this fight we have to take our case directly to the Public. Wonderful work has been done and is being done by many of our Advocates through the Courts, the Media and Congress. Please keep pushing, fellas.
We can’t count on the NFLPA and the NFL to do more than they are forced to do for us and the Active Players just don’t understand that a contribution of as little as one-and-one-half pennies out of each dollar that they make could help the causes of Retired Players. Those young men do not understand the meaning of “Family” in regards to the Sport. Their position of “We’re doing great so why should we worry about a bunch of our old family members who made all of this possible for us,” is shameful but not unexpected. They are from the “Me Generation” and the PA and the League exploited them.
Boys, we have to expand our outreach. We have to get our message to more of the public. Public opinion can change things. I am asking each one of you to start forwarding relevant mail from our lead Advocates to three other people that you know (non-Players). Most of them won’t be interested but if just one out of those three becomes interested, we would have done ourselves a lot of good.
The Public spends the money that drives the Game. If they can be shown how the Game uses and then discards good men, some of them will take a stand along side of us.
The NFL can continue taking a hard position on our plight as can the NFLPA and the young Active Players but we can have an impact on the money that they make from the Game. That will force them to deal with us eventually. History has proven that the most powerful adversary can be taken on once public opinion changes.
Will you start forwarding our comuniques to a few of the folks that you know? If each one of us in our groups will do that, we won’t have to crawl and grovel at the feet of the NFL, the NFLPA and the young Active Players any longer.
Please consider this: Imagine us asking as many of the faithful fans as we can from your playing days to boycott one of the beer companies, shoe companies or auto companies for just 90 days. There would be an impact, fellas. (Oh – by the way we already have that action in the works.)
If you’re one of the guys who is doing well, please remember that somewhere in eternity we’ll all have to answer the question, “Was I my brother’s keeper?”
For those of you who are still employed by the League, the NFLPA or the Sports Media, join us in any way that you can. You do not have to be afraid of the bosses. They’re bosses, not gods.
They can’t scare brave men like Dave Pear, Abner Haynes, Brent Boyd, Mike Ditka, Bernie Parrish and other aggressive Advocates for our Cause and you and I can stand right up along with them. Men like Tony Davis, Harry Carson and Bruce Laird are working hard on the diplomatic front and we have to support them as well.
By-Laws that were written to exclude you and me from voting in NFLPA affairs were written by men and they can be changed by men. There is nothing in the US Constitution, the Bible or the Qu’ran that says that we can’t vote and I’m going to work as hard as I can for as long as I can to secure inclusion for ALL Retired Players in the NFLPA.
Please, just bring 3 or 4 other people on board with us.
There are more billions of dollars than you can imagine on the table over the next 10 or 20 years. They’re not going to surrender and they might write you a threatening e-mail and claim that a janitor or secretary did it independently on their own, or when you really stand up tall they may even imply that they are going to shoot you 8 times!
Stay in the fight,