NFLPA Takes a Stand on Severance

Apr 12, 2010

Most of you have been following our recent coverage on the missing Severance Pay that more and more retired players have come to realize that they’ve never received. The NFLPA has just put together an outline of steps that former players can follow on Severance Pay. Andre Collins, Director for Player Benefits, submitted these instructions this morning.

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We understand from some of the former players who have recently approached the NFLPA for assistance are reporting that the Union has taken a much more proactive direction in providing help with locating paperwork and advice. We’ve attached the pertinent pages from the current CBA to the end of this post. You can also click HERE to read an earlier post from Irv Cross with the section from earlier CBA’s to see if you qualify. Many of you also have written in or called us directly and we’ve forwarded all of your information directly to the NFLPA.

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Dear Former NFL Players:

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It has recently come to our attention that several former players have inquired about Severance payments, a benefit to which NFL players who played between 1982 and 2007 – with at least two Credited seasons – are entitled.

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While the NFLPA is not responsible for issuing the payment, we do feel it is our responsibility to investigate the matter, protect your benefit and hold the NFL accountable.

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The payments are processed by the last NFL Team that you played for and if you have not received your Severance payment, we recommend that you take the following steps to obtain more information:

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  1. Contact last NFL team for which you played – Click HERE for a list of team contact information;
  2. Contact the NFL Director of Player Benefits Mary-Ann Fleming at (212) 450-2263 or mary-ann.fleming@nfl.com;
  3. Contact the NFLPA Benefits Dept. – nflplabenefits@nflplayers.com or (800) 372-2000 to speak to  someone in the Benefits Department;
  4. Contact the NFLPA Legal Dept. – (800) 372-2000 and ask to speak to someone in the Legal Department.

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Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.  We are ONE TEAM.

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Sincerely,

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Andre Collins                                                                                     Cornelius Bennett

Director, NFLPA Former Players                                             Chairman, NFLPA Former Players Board of Directors

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And here are the two specific pages pertaining to Severance Pay in the current CBA. Click on thumbnails to enlarge for reading.

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11 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. John Hogan
    April 12th, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    John Hogan
    I applaud the highly courageous stand the PA has taken that guys who were entitled to get severance pay from one of the League’s teams should get it! What will they actually do to help guys like Burt actually collect?

    Since we are singing this “One Team” theme song, I’d like to know what verse the PA Retired Players will sing to help right the wrongs done to their disabled brothers – like Dave?

    John Hogan
    Disability Attorney

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  3. Irv Cross
    April 12th, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

    Irv Cross
    Andre and Cornelius:

    It’s great to finally see the NFLPA try to take an active and direct role in guiding retired players on how to collect their “missing” Severance Pay. The guidelines you set forth were outlined for Burt Grossman and Lionel James this past Feb. 20th. They both followed what was supposed to be proper procedure and are still without an answer to their question of “Where is my Severance Pay?”

    It’s just good to see you now actively assisting retirees even though the NFLPA doesn’t make those Severance Payments. So many retirees have been away from the game for so long and any recovery of past earned pay would surely be a big help! Although we know the NFLPA doesn’t make severance pay, you should still be the source your Union brethren rely on to make certain the terms of agreement from CBA’s are as agreed upon. Please help Burt, Lionel and the others find their Severance Pay.

    ONE LOCKER, ONE TEAM!

    Irv Cross
    Philadelphia Eagles & LA Rams
    1961 – 1969

  4. Henry Bradley
    April 13th, 2010 at 12:34 am #

    Henry Bradley
    I feel good about the way the NFLPA is going. I would like to thank Mr. Smith, Mr. Collins and Mr. Allen for standing by me. I have good days and bad but I am excited every day now. When you have a lot of pain, it can wear you down. The bible tells us to pray for our leaders at all times. Pray that they have wisdom to do what is right!

    Henry Bradley
    Cleveland Browns
    1979 – 1982

  5. Irv Cross
    April 15th, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    Irv Cross
    Andre and Cornelius,

    Is there anything you can do to explain how the severance plan works? There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding of which years are credited, how much is paid and who pays you. I simply copied the terms of Severance word-for-word from the 1982 contract. It seemed pretty clear to me but it now appears there is more to how Severance is managed beyond the agreement signed in 1982. Plee-eease help!

    Could you offer a series of hypothetical examples to describe how the program works? Take four or five career periods and highlight how the system works. Can that be done? An exercise like that might answer a lot of questions for many of us. Hope you can help.

    Irv Cross
    Philadelphia Eagles & LA Rams
    1961 – 1969

  6. Dave Pear
    May 2nd, 2010 at 8:12 am #

    Dave Pear
    Irv,

    You always ask great questions but don’t expect a straight forward or up front answer from the NFLPA.

    This is just one more scandal that exists in the NFL.

    Furthermore, if Roger Goodell is so concerned about the image and conduct of the NFL then why doesn’t he act?

    Didn’t he just issue punishment against the current quarterback for the Steelers?

    What about punishment for the NFL not paying their bills again to retired players that made the game what it is today?

    Is it lawful for an employer to hoodwink their retired members over retirement benefits?

    It seems OK if you’re the NFL!

    Look – the NFL also pays Roger $10,000,000+ annually plus expenses and who knows how many Super Bowl tickets for his own personal use.

    Roger is paid to “look” the other way and by his actions that’s just what he does (and with a smile, of course).

    1) What about the illegal disability plan in the NFL?
    2) What about the car payment (I mean pension) for retired players?
    3) What about medical after football for retired players?

    Note: All the phony benefits that the Commissioner has schemed for retired players are “worthless” and “gibberish”. (unless you consider 2 seat cushions and a $5 co-pay for a total hip replacement a medical benefit as in my case).

    In the NFL there are actually NO guaranteed contracts but in the NBA and MLB their contracts are fully guaranteed. Why?

    Former Executive Director of the NFLPA Gene Upshaw agreed to this mess and by his actions, he sold out his football brothers but paid himself (and a few close friends) extremely well.

    How can this be? Only in the NFL…

    It’s certainly time to remove the “anti-trust” exemption in the NFL, as Rep. Maxine Waters has stated many times!

    Regards,
    Dave & Heidi Pear

  7. Scott L.
    July 1st, 2010 at 5:06 am #

    If I was contacted by the NFL indicating that I would be receiving my severance finally, do you really think it will happen? I was told that it would be cut no later than 6/30/10…

    Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you for your time.

    Scott L.

  8. Burt Grossman
    July 1st, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    Burt Grossman
    When did you last play? For what team and did you ever file for it? Did they just contact you out of the blue?

    Burt Grossman
    San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles
    1989 -1994

  9. Scott L.
    July 2nd, 2010 at 4:36 am #

    Yes, they contacted me out of the blue. 10 years later.

    Scott L.

  10. Burt Grossman
    July 4th, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    Burt Grossman
    Thanks Scott, but that sounds like BS to me. Players always identify themselves on this site because it’s the one common struggle they have in common. When someone comes on here and is aloof with a name and teams they have played for, it’s usually BS.

    Burt Grossman
    San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles
    1989 -1994

  11. Scott L.
    July 6th, 2010 at 6:55 am #

    Actually no – just wanted insight since as I had been out of the loop for 10 years. Received payment and all is good. Good luck.

    Scott L.