Late April Fools’ Day Joke
As most retired football players will wholeheartedly agree, getting qualified to receive benefits from the NFLPA/NFL’s Bell/Rozelle NFL Retirement Plan is a lot like winning the Lotto: If you win, you win big; but your chances qualifying are like a snowball’s chance in Hell.
So it was like a late April Fools’ Day joke when the NFLPA decided to post bragging points about the generosity of their Retirement Plan as part of their spin building up to their Annual Retired Players Convention (read the earlier posts HERE and HERE) to be held in Palm Springs in late May.
Here’s the NFLPA spin on disability benefits as provided by the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle as quoted from a piece on their site (including juicy comments from the Director of Benefits, Miki Yaras-Davis (they probably call her Director of Benefits because of the great benefits she’s probably receiving for doing her job…):
It can be said that injuries are a part of life in the National Football League. Many players leave the game with some type of injury, and in some cases, retired players later develop conditions that render them unable to work at all. When this happens, the Retirement Plan offers protection through its disability provisions.
“The Plan has some of the most generous benefits out there,” said NFLPA Director of Benefits Miki Yaras-Davis, the advisor to the Player Trustees of the Retirement Board, who works player cases and regularly advocates for players. “There aren’t many retirement plans that will provide the level of benefits found in this Plan.“
In fact, the Bell/Rozelle Plan provides benefits for disabilities that arise out of NFL football activities while the player is active as well as those that occur after his career is over. In addition, the Plan provides benefits for non-football related injuries.
“I don’t believe you’ll find another employer covering non-work related injuries or ones that arise after employment ends under their pension disability plans,” Yaras-Davis said.
There are two types of disability benefits under the Bert Bell/NFL Player Retirement Plan: Line-of-Duty (LOD) and Total and Permanent (T&P).
Click HERE to read the rest of their release, including the generous amounts that “qualified” recipients could receive in the Plan Lotto. Have you or anyone you know actually qualified to receive these generous benefits? If so, we’d love to hear about it.