Another “New” Playa Care Benefit

Nov 27, 2010

By now, many of you have now been receiving your letters about another new “joint-venture” program between the NFL and the NFLPA from their Player Care Foundation. This one’s for a “Neurological Care Program Benefit.” We’ve already been receiving a lot of comments (putting it mildly) from our readers.

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Just another bunch of nothing!

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If the NFLPA & NFL were serious about addressing the needs of retired players, they would provide simple access to a disability plan that does not violate ERISA law and provide real benefits, offer a livable pension and access to medical after football.

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This new program is nothing more than another fancy name for not wanting to pay their bills while limiting their liability.

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Words like: dedicated team, does not provide funding, aid for eligible players in need of financial assistance MAY be available, possible neurological conditions are no more than weasel-worded legalese PR to let you know “This will sound good in the press release but try and find the money!” Top-tier medical centers? None of the providers offer discounts? Give me a break!

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The Groom Law Group must be trying to earn their million dollar fees for this type of ongoing gibberish.

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This is more worthless nonsense!

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Locations: Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and St. Louis (and just how are players supposed to get there, Mary-Ann Fleming?) And they make all of this worthless “benefit” impossible to access.

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Question: Will it even cover 2 seat cushions and a $5 co-pay as Roger Goodell’s joint replacement program did for my $60,000 total left hip replacement? (See all the documentation - click HERE, HERE and HERE.)

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The New NFL Dr. No

NOTE: And in order to even begin the maze of trying to qualify for a nothing benefit from the NFL, a retired player AND HIS WIFE have to sign the release form. Essentially, you’re both then giving convicted and “grossly fraudulent” criminals access to every possible piece of information that pertains to your privacy. And you have absolutely NO – and I mean NO according to their document – “recourse. Who would sign something that gives crooks access to your entire life? Outrageous!

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Here’s my copy of the letter uploaded on Scribd for easier viewing and to make it downloadable. You can click on the FULL SCREEN button to enlarge it for easier navigation – hit the ESC key to close. You can also click the DOWNLOAD button to save a PDF copy for printing and reading.
New NFL/NFLPA Player Care Foundation Neurological Care Program Benefit
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10 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Gregg Bingham
    November 27th, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    Gregg Bingham
    What we really need is an “anti-spin doctor.” The crap they keep spinning is a joke and might be funny and amusing …until it happens to you.

    Can I insert a “gimme a break” here?

    Gregg Bingham
    Houston Oilers
    1973 – 1984

  2. Bruce Jarvis
    November 27th, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    Bruce Jarvis
    I highlighted two sentences in my copy: “The Plan does not provide funding, and none of the providers offers discounts. However, financial assistance for players in need may be available from the NFL Player Care Foundation.”

    When will the NFL start to understand – preferably sooner rather than later – that providing unfunded (and non-discounted) “benefits” is not only a useless insult to the men who built the League but is a meaningless gesture that even the general public and the NFL fan base will see through as yet another attempted PR stunt by very rich men seeking to keep more of the proceeds of a sport than they legally deserve.

    We retired players, the general public, and those members of Congress with a moral compass (yes, there are still some) know that however the NFL serves it up, the true spelling of the League owners’ underlying motive is galling and unmitigated G-R-E-E-D.

    We will not be fooled, mollified or demeaned by anything less than fair benefits (meaning at the level of risk we undertook which broke our bodies):
    – a major pension increase greater than baseball (not the trivial sum of $1,000 a month that the NFL, NFLPA and others are now dangling before us during CBA negotiations);
    – a legitimate disability plan where some entity truly advocates for the retired players interests as the NFLPA has refused to do for decades (collusion?);
    – and health benefits so that not only can we try to repair the damage done from playing the game that now pays the owners hundreds of millions annually but also so that the owners finally pay the large medical tab now being borne by the American taxpayers in Medicaid and Social Security Disability benefits for the majority of players without insurance.

    Thanks
    Bruce Jarvis
    Buffalo Bills
    1971-1974

  3. Thomas Henderson
    November 27th, 2010 at 9:53 pm #

    Hollywood Henderson
    How many blanks from this gun will we take? I’ve received all these brochures from the NFL and NFLPA that explain in great and unmistakable language that they aren’t giving us anything. In this latest joke, they say we get a discount and there’s no funding. Hell,I knew that all along. I just wish they would stop insulting my intelligence with fancy brochures that announce as fact that our prior injuries, no matter their seriousness, are not funded. It’s funny, this charade. The current players ought not forget whose shoulders they stand on. Pay attention to what they do to us and expect the same. It doesn’t cost you anything to support players from the 50’s, 60’s ,70’s, 80’s and 90’s. We built this brand that you think is yours. You too will be in need someday. Handouts are not our cry. Benefits with dignity is our hope. The money they spent on printing these brochures that don’t cover anything is comedy. Announcing that there is no funding is mean. Referring us to these for-profit hospitals and doctors is marketing instead of support. Do me a favor, don’t refer me to services where there is no benefit. It’s an insult.

    Thank you, Dave, for your tireless and unappreciated relentlessness for retired players.

    Thomas ‘Hollywood’ Henderson
    Dallas Cowboys (San Francisco 49’ers, Houston Oilers), Miami Dolphins
    1975 – 1982

  4. Burt Grossman
    November 28th, 2010 at 8:27 am #

    Burt Grossman
    I wonder just how much money they spend creating printing and mailing these fake benefit program brochures? There’s never any budget to fund these benefits but somehow there always seems to be enough funding for public relations to make these programs look like they’re something they obviously are not.

    Burt Grossman
    San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles
    1989 -1994

  5. Cody C. Jones
    November 28th, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    CodyJones
    This latest PR stunt by the NFL and the NFLPA speaks to the mindset of those responsible for writing, printing, sending this stuff out. They act like they’re addressing a serious issue for retired players. Like Hollywood says, it’s a joke.

    Cody Jones
    Los Angeles Rams
    1974 – 1982

  6. Larry Kaminski
    November 28th, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    Larry Kaminski
    Dave:

    With regard to the new neurology program being offered by the generous owners, I would suggest the following: As many of you already know, Dr. Daniel Amen from the Amen Brain Clinic began a research program to study the brains of 100 former players. If you were a participant in the program, you were given cognitive testing, a brain scan, a brain wave energy scan and follow-ups with comparison results with other players and a image of your brain versus a normal brain. And a supplement program was put in place by Dr. Willeumier as a followup to try to manifest changes in the brain regarding healing. In addition, we were given diet programs to lose weight which can also effect brain issues. As you can see, it’s a PROACTIVE approach to the concussion and head trauma problem. No BS…No Spin..No lollipops… just real action.

    I understand that the clinic is now discussing with their Board of Directors a probable opening for 100 more players to study. Forget this NFL mirage and get your name on the list if you have concerns. It’s real help, it’s research and you don’t have pay, and it’s worth your time and expense to fly to California. You will learn a great deal and get some peace of mind.

    Action talks and BS walks. And yes, that’s for you, Roger Goodell.

    Larry Kaminski
    Denver Broncos
    1966 – 1973

  7. Burt Grossman
    November 28th, 2010 at 10:29 am #

    Burt Grossman Cover
    Hey – BTW the NFL and NFLPA just started a new housing and real estate program for former players! There’s no funding, no services and no discounts. It’s called The Classifieds! You can find it in any of your local newspapers. Be on the lookout for a fancy PR mailing and press release in the near future touting it.

    Burt Grossman

  8. Dave Pear
    November 28th, 2010 at 12:48 pm #

    Dave at Home
    How about this? In light of their PR success with the newly-launched neurological benefits program, the NFL & the NFLPA will now start a new campaign against hunger for retired NFL players and their families.

    Here’s how it works: The PA be sending this out (by bulk mail, of course) only to the retired players who have been prequalified by sending in their $100 annual dues for at least the past 4 years: Brand NEW and improved V.I.P. identity cards to all who qualify! This card will entitle you to shop at select partner supermarkets (only in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and St. Louis during the listed hours) with absolutely no admission fee!

    No coupons or discounts will be accepted on any food or beverage items whatsoever, nor will the use of credit cards be tolerated or accepted. Oh – and Roger Goodell will fine you if you buy beer on this program!

    This new benefit will not be funded and may end without prior notice. If you cannot afford to shop for food, you can always apply to see if you qualify for our super-duper assistance program. (But they do reserve the right to first conduct credit and background checks on both you AND your wife AND your firstborn and all pets!) This is just another shining example of the League’s ongoing commitment to its retired players.

    Please be sure to check with your local supermarket for available times and dates this benefit may be available.

    “One team and one supermarket.”

    P.S. – And starting in 2011, your annual NFLPA dues shall increase to $125 and there will be no exceptions. This increase is necessary to continue our ongoing commitment to retired players as we move forward to another profitable year.

    Dave & Heidi Pear

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  10. George Visger
    November 28th, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    George Visger
    Shoot, for a second there “The Neurological Care Foundation” title had my juices flowing! I thought if anyone needs neurological care (in addition to psychological, emotional, physical, marital and nutritional), I’m the poster child.

    But as I read further, I realized I’m one of the 96% of NFL players in the last 20 years who participated in the multi-billion dollar industry who doesn’t qualify.

    Oh well – it sure as hell looked good on paper. De and Roger must be very proud of themselves on this one.

    BTW: Many of you have seen my many postings all of which are CC:’ed directly to De and Roger at their respective offices. I’m sure they must be trying to reach me so if any of you cross paths with our representatives, please be sure to forward my cell phone number to them: (916) 812-2257. Unfortunately, our home phone was turned off last year.

    Hmm… Maybe they’ve been calling my disconnected number…

    It’s about time we made a concerted effort to get this garbage out to the public.

    George Visger
    Brain Damaged Wildlife Biologist
    San Francisco 49ers 1980 & 1981
    Survivor of 9 NFL-Caused Emergency VP Shunt Brain Surgeries
    Benefactor of ZERO