Breaking News: Oct. 20, 2009

Oct 20, 2009

Before everyone and their brother jumps in to try and take credit for it, DeMaurice Smith and his crew have been working with the NFL to protect retired players’ disability benefits during a potential lockout in 2010. So De Smith was right – without the express agreement of the NFL, retired players’ benefits could have been severely impacted by a lockout.

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This just officially announced (click on the letter to enlarge for reading):

NFLPA Benefits Agreement

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EDITOR’S NOTE (added Nov. 3rd 2009): Congresswoman Linda Sanchez posted these comments on her Congressional website on Oct. 21st:

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“Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA) applauded the agreement today between the National Football League (NFL) and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) to level the playing field for retired and disabled football players and current players.
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““The agreement today is a touchdown for retired and disabled football players who should not be forgotten nor deprived of benefits,” said Rep. Linda Sánchez. “These players helped build the legacy and popularity of the NFL and are entitled to the benefits they earned. I applaud DeMaurice Smith for his dedication to these players and their well deserved agreement today.”
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Sánchez, a longtime advocate for fair treatment of retired and disabled football players, sent a letter on September 15, 2009 to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell urging him to guarantee that there would be no reduction in pension or disability payments to retired players in the event of an uncapped 2010 football season.”

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Read the entire post along with her letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell – click HERE.

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3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Dave Pear
    October 20th, 2009 at 12:30 pm #

    Dave Pear
    A prudent person would ask the question, “So why did it need to be signed in the first place?’

    I thought Commissioner Goodell said in all of his previous comments about retired players benefits that this was not necessary. He implied that DeMaurice Smith didn’t know what he was talking about. Is this what Roger means about “representing” retired players?

    Please feel free to correct us if we’re wrong.

    Thank you,
    Dave & Heidi Pear

  2. Beverly Halton
    October 21st, 2009 at 8:54 am #

    You need to ask what happened during the last work stoppage (strike) and/or lock-out. Those disability benefits were absolutely stopped. They are not covered by the collective bargaining agreement. They are supplemental and not collectively bargained for.

    Check it out: During the years 1989-1993 the NFLPA decertified and all benefits went away. The NFL will do this again if the NFLPA decertifies. The NFL tried to take benefits away from players such as those who are considered quadriplegic because they can still speak and think, therefore they can still work.

    Beverly

  3. Valerie
    October 21st, 2009 at 2:27 pm #

    Valerie Thomas
    Beverly,

    In spite of everything that we have experienced as former NFLPA employees, you have selflessly contributed your knowledge and expertise in the best interest of the NFL players. Thank you for sharing this valuable information!

    Since 1983…

    Valerie Thomas
    Independent Activist