Clearing the Air… Again
Here we go again. After the latest rounds of making it clear that I continue to support the need for independence, several retired players have been calling and writing to inform me that my name is once again being used to imply support for the Fourth & Goal/Alumni Alliance. At least now I can understand some of the confusion: many of you guys must have been wondering why I would be publicly stating my decision not to join the NFL Alumni organization when it appeared that I had been endorsing it.
Apparently, Fourth & Goal sent out a letter at the beginning of June (right after The Summit) to an unknown number of retired players to enlist their support of the new Alumni deal. It appears that not everyone got this letter since I know that a large number of us who attended the Summit never received it (so much for including ALL retired players, fellas). Also included with the 2-page letter were 5 pages from a “Confidential Business Plan” that caught my attention. The two most interesting pages are attached below (click on each page to enlarge for easier reading.) Important sections are highlighted and worth reading carefully. Both Marvin Cobb and I are listed as “Key members of the New Alumni Advocacy Group” along with other members of the current Board of Fourth & Goal.
Now we know. So for the record, let me state it once again in no uncertain terms: I AM NOT ENDORSING OR JOINING THE FOURTH & GOAL/NFL ALUMNI ORGANIZATION. It’s a free country and everyone is entitled to do whatever they want so I’m not telling anyone else what to do. I’m just personally disappointed to discover this ongoing tactic to make things appear to be more than they really are.
Most of you know from previous posts and comments that I – along with most attendees from the Summit – had elected to remain impartially independent at this time so we can be free to evaluate opportunities and changes as they come up.
Early in June, Marvin had also discovered that his name had been included in their marketing plan that he had not seen or endorsed. Marvin even sent them an e-mail graciously asking them to remove his name from their materials (attached below).
I just happen to believe that retired players are capable of making their own decisions and choices so long as all the facts are presented to them in a clear and honest manner.