Amen, Terry Bradshaw

Nov 29, 2009

Dr No's NFL BandaidsThe NFL doesn’t seem to care about their active players and they despise the retired players! All they offer is lip service to serious, life-changing head injuries. Unless a player is carried off the field on national TV, it’s almost impossible for a retired player to access his earned disability benefits. And his Union is nowhere to be seen when it comes to representing him. The NFL disability system has been illegal and it violates ERISA Law as well as their own plan document!


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell continues to come up with ridiculous and meaningless benefits that offer little or nothing in an effort to continue misleading Congress. However, judging from his performance last month in Washington DC, this scheme doesn’t seem to be working any more. Maxine Waters told Roger Goodell, “It is time to remove the antitrust exemption from the NFL.”


I was watching this recent discussion (3:37) from FOX Sports on concussions – Terry Bradshaw says it all:


“It’s sad when an outside source – for example, Congress – has to bring in the Commissioner of the NFL and ask him questions. So instead of being proactive, the NFL is reactive. They wait until someone else says, “You’ve got a problem” and then they fix it. Behind closed doors, they tell us, “We’re going to fix that, good idea” but they don’t. Mike Webster, my former center in Pittsburgh, passed away. He had a lot of head problems. He was living in a car, living under a bridge and did the NFL take care of him? No. Not at all.”



And from the AP:


NFL Concussion Restrictions To Expand, Report Says

NEW YORK — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly will expand restrictions on returning to games for players who sustain head trauma.


Fox Sports reported Sunday that Goodell will issue a memo this week to all 32 teams expanding grounds for the removal of a player with a head injury or concussion.


Currently, a player can return to the game after being diagnosed with a concussion if he is asymptomatic at rest and under exertion, and is cleared by the team doctor. The lone exception is if the medical staff determines the player lost consciousness, in which case he is ruled out for the remainder of the game.


Read the rest of the article – click HERE.


And here’s a video clip from ABC’s Nightline (Oct. 16, 2009) in which Dr. Julian Bailes (Chair of the West Virginia University School of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery) and Dr. Bennet Omalu (former Pittsburgh Medical Examiner) discuss their long-term studies on brain concussions (this is what REAL brain experts sounds like!):



7 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Kaminski
    November 30th, 2009 at 9:12 am #

    Larry Kaminski

    You have done so much just in the last several months to make your readers aware of the issues we former players face with the NFL Management group. However, while we carry on with all this articulation, positioning and discussion, we have so many players suffering today. We don’t know if they will be here after all this brainstorming comes to fruition. It is daily suffering for them and their loved ones.

    I feel ashamed for these people who feel they can just talk the problem away every day. When any of this NFL Management group have an illness, they just go to their medical people and ask for immediate attention. I’m sure they’re attended to with no worry of payment. I would like to ask them to put the shoe on the other foot. How would this elite group feel if they were pushed to the side until a discussion and prognosis was made in several years?

    Keep up the great work and pressure.

    Larry K.
    Denver Broncos
    1966 – 1973

  2. Dave Pear
    November 30th, 2009 at 11:14 am #

    Dave Pear

    Thank you for speaking up on behalf of your former teammate Mike Webster.

    The NFL and Commissioner Goodell will only do what they’re forced to do when it comes to injuries for the players.

    By their actions, they despise the retired players with their malicious attitude and sinister objective.

    Please continue to speak up for ALL players because active players will soon be retired players and they too will have NO representation unless things change.

    Commissioner Goodell – no more phony programs!

    Dave & Heidi Pear

  3. Bob Grant
    November 30th, 2009 at 12:47 pm #

    Bob Grant
    I’m not fooled by this window dressing that the NFL is putting up here and you should not be either. I’ll explain in a post here on the Pear blog later this week.

    Bob Grant
    Retired Player Activist and Advocate

  4. Diana Doll
    December 2nd, 2009 at 10:07 am #

    Don Doll

    I am interested in Plan 88 and the fact that they are considering terminating it. Don Doll has been a participant in this program for almost 2 years. I knew that he had memory problems years ago, but I participated in studies from Universities about concussions and I filled out the forms. When Plan 88 went into effect, Don was available because of these studies.

    Also, our old-timers actively fought for benefits. They paid their own way and were persistent in getting help for the pre-59’ers. I might add that players have to be personally responsible for their own well-being. If they have head problems, they should retire. Once you’ve had one, the chances of another are great. It even takes less of a collision.

    Thanks for your advocacy.

    Diana Doll
    for Don Doll
    4-time Pro Bowler
    Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins & LA Rams
    1949 – 1954

  5. Tekk Amaku
    December 2nd, 2009 at 2:40 pm #

    Tekk Amaku
    As an Athletic Trainer, I feel these new expanded guidelines will only cause players to further not report their symptoms, knowing they would be required to sit out a mandatory 2 weeks, for example, and be asymptomatic for one week.

    Tekk Amaku

  6. Ted Neff
    December 3rd, 2009 at 12:18 pm #


    As you know from conversations we’ve had, I’ve developed one of the only protocols for concussions in the country. For the past three years, we have successfully worked with concussed athletes from high schools and colleges and have seen remarkable results. I’ve approached NFL teams, universities, and concussion experts, all to no avail. So the questions is – How do we get our concussion protocol to the players that need it?

    Reminds me of a quote from the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – “I’ve got vision and the rest of the world wears bifocals.”

    Ted Neff
    Edmonds Wellness

  7. Dave Hartel
    December 21st, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    I found your blog after reading the online article “Ex NFL star wishes he’d never played at all”

    I have often wondered about this little talked about issue within the NFL. How long can a human being be pounded (and give out poundings) week in and week out for years – essentially being subjected to a car accident every week – before they begin to show permanant damage and pain reaction? Howie Long just mentioned it this week on Fox NFL Sunday when discussing the difference between the 4-3 and the 3-4 defense when he asked (I believe it was Michael Strahan), “How many surgeries have you had?” Strahan answered something like 6. And Howie replied, “I have had 11 surgeries.”

    Based on the story of how long you played (5 years), it sounds like you fell short of an NFL pension to boot? Hope this gets more big press.

    Best of luck to you and your family.

    Dave Hartel