Gay Culverhouse’s New Outreach Program

Feb 11, 2010

A lot of you out there probably still remember Gay Culverhouse’s passionate testimony in front of Congress last October. (You can read her testimony by clicking HERE.) During the time Gay Culverhouse was President of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, she witnessed firsthand many of the things that teams and team doctors do in treating their employees: the players. Dr. Culverhouse has been taking up the cause for retired players’ rights in their generally next-to-impossible process to apply for disability and pension benefits. After she began to realize the scope of this problem, Dr. Culverhouse recently started a new nonprofit organization – Gay Culverhouse Players’ Outreach Program – to provide assistance to any and all players who either need assistance in applying for their benefits or who have been turned down for benefits. (Click HERE to access their website.)

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If you would like additional information, they’ll be hosting a Gay Culverhouse Players’ Outreach Program meeting on Monday, February 15, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Comfort Inn Conference Center, 820 E. Busch Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33612. Appetizers, soda & beer will be served. For room reservations call 1(800) 288-4011, mention Players Outreach Program, and book by Feb. 12th to receive special pricing.

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Gay Culverhouse also did a radio interview with Bill Littlefield recently on Only a Game, an NPR affiliate show up in Boston. Listen to her interview by clicking on the PLAY arrow below:

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Dave Pear
    February 11th, 2010 at 1:33 am #

    Dave & Heidi Pear
    Thank you, Gay Culverhouse, for standing up for the rights of retired players and their families.

    We appreciated your bold and courageous message to Congress in Washington, DC in October 2009.

    And now you’ve started a new Outreach Program to assist retired players who are seeking access to their disability benefits and health care.

    Please, keep up the good work! I hope you’re feeling better and wish you the best with your own health journey.

    Sincerely,
    Dave & Heidi Pear

  2. Lou Piccone
    February 12th, 2010 at 6:31 am #

    Lou Piccone
    God Bless You, Gay Culverhouse! The many Pro-players and their families that are affected by the life trauma from playing “The Game” and made it what it is today – thank you. I am asking for the Players – Active and Retired and their families – to pray for you and your team’s efforts and success on our behalf. For many years I participated in the union activity for a better life and afterlife for our constituents – a woman and an owner is finally stepping up to help solve the problems that face us.

    God Bless the Players and Gay Culverhouse!

    Lou Piccone
    NY Jets – 74-76
    Buffalo Bills – 77-83

  3. Valerie Thomas
    February 12th, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    Val Thomas
    Dr. Culverhouse,

    You are a remarkably courageous and wonderful person. Your positive contributions to the professional sports industry are sincerely appreciated. You are a woman of great stature and a giver beyond comparison.

    Thank you and May God continue to Bless you, the honorable Gay Culverhouse!

    Valerie Thomas

  4. Irv Cross
    February 12th, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    Irv Cross
    Dr. Culverhouse:

    Thanks for your support of retired NFL Players! I believe there is a large body of independent retired players and their families who would be willing to help in any way we can. What can we do to help you? Yours is a noble cause and we have to move as quickly as possible because so many of our old timers are passing away. If you need volunteers to advance your cause for retired players, I’m in!

    Irv Cross
    1961 – 1969
    Philadelphia Eagles & LA Rams

  5. Gay Culverhouse
    February 14th, 2010 at 5:43 pm #

    Gay Culverhouse
    I am overwhelmed by your emotional support and offers of prayers. If you know of any player who can benefit by our work, please refer him or his representative to us. I don’t want to leave any player unattended. Working together we can form a network across the country of players who can benefit from our assistance. This is my passion and my goal. Join me in making this a reality.

    Gay Culverhouse
    http://www.playersoutreach.org

  6. George Visger
    February 19th, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

    George Visger
    Dr. Culverhouse,

    GOD BLESS YOU! You are an inspiration to all of us who try but fail at being great human beings. Your impassioned fight to correct a wrong when you have the fight of your life on your own hands is beyond words. You are a true hero, someone who puts the well-being of others before themselves.

    We have already begun with your work on forming a network. Travis Davis (Colts ’90 – ’93) contacted me last week, and mentioned Joe DeLamielleure has a blog which we’ll need to coordinate with.

    It’s time we circle the wagons, and we will circle them around you and your ideals.

    God Bless you.

    George Visger
    San Francisco 49’ers 1980 & 1981
    Survivor of 9 football related brain surgeries
    Successful winner of Work Comp case ‘vs 49’ers in 1986