The OTHER News from the NFLPA Conference

Mar 18, 2009

All the news from the Annual NFLPA meeting in Maui has been focused entirely on the election of DeMaurice Smith as its new Executive Director. We’ll be posting some commentary about that shortly. In the meantime, here are some details now emerging on business-as-usual from that same meeting. Oh – and in case you didn’t know, the retired players have no true representation whatsoever: No seats on the Board or the Steering Committee and absolutely NO votes.

Bob Grant

NFLPA Disrespects Retired Players Chapter Presidents and Steering Committee Members!

The NFLPA Retired Players Chapter Presidents proposed the following resolutions at the recent NFLPA Convention on Maui. The President of the Steering Committee, Jean Fugett, made the presentation. All three of the resolutions were turned down. Well – Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

Why do our Brothers on the Steering Committee and the Retired Player Chapter Presidents keep wasting their time? Why don’t they come on over and join the Independent Players in this fight? At least they would be respected at our table.

Bob Grant
Independent Players Advocate

I. Resolution to encourage the NFLPA to resolve and settle the Adderley lawsuit through negotiation or mediation, if necessary. REJECTED!

II.  Resolution to request the NFLPA to include on its Executive Committee two (2) non-voting NFLPA retired players. REJECTED!

III. Resolution to support the NFLPA active players in their negotiation of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the understanding that retired player benefits will be increased as they have always been increased in the past whenever a new CBA is negotiated. REJECTED!

4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. John Hogan
    March 18th, 2009 at 8:06 am #

    Disability Attorney John Hogan
    Were these votes before or after Mr. Smith was elected? Under the old leadership of the Union, with their “dog food” lack of respect for retired players, those votes were to be expected.

    However, in one of his first interviews, Mr. Smith indicated that he feels a moral obligation to the retired players and wants to bring about unity. We’ll see if he can mend the rift many years in the making.

    John Hogan
    Disability Attorney

  2. Ron Katz
    March 18th, 2009 at 8:50 am #

    Ron Katz
    I agree with John Hogan. A major change has occurred with the selection of an Executive Director who is unassociated with the wrongs done to retired players for many years.

    Ron Katz

  3. Dave Pear
    March 18th, 2009 at 8:53 am #

    Dave & Heidi Pear

    Great question. We’re ALL waiting for an answer!


    Dave & Heidi Pear

  4. Frederick ' Rick' Hayes
    April 18th, 2009 at 8:00 pm #

    I understand that the new “Executive Director” has been graciously invited to participate at The Summit Seminar at his convenience.

    It would be courteous for him to give the organizing committee a response within a reasonable amount of time in order for the organizers to finalize the agenda for our meetings.

    I’m hoping he will respond in a positive and timely manner.

    Mahalo with personal regards
    Frederick ‘Rick’ Hayes
    LA Rams – 1974