Evan Weiner:Attention Drew Brees, Sam Huff has a few questions for you

Mar 29, 2011

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THE BUSINESS AND POLITICS OF SPORTS

Attention Drew Brees, Sam Huff has a few questions for you

Sam Huff Meets Drew Brees

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29 March 2011
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BY EVAN WEINER
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY
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You get the feeling from Sam Huff that he would not mind suiting up for one more game, maybe at the old Yankee Stadium as a New York Giants linebacker or at the old D.C. Stadium in Washington performing the same duties for the Redskins and lining up against New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees.
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Huff, who was there at the beginning of the National Football league Players Association in 1956, represents a good many players of his era like Charlie Sumner and Pat Matson among others has no use for Brees. The New Orleans Saints quarterback, according to the old players, apparently thinks it is not the responsibility of the National Football Players Association to look after the players who literally built the industry in the 1950s (and before), 1960s and 1970s.
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His statement made in 2010 still resonates among former players such as Huff, Matson and Sumner.
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“There’s some guys out there that have made bad business decisions,” Brees said. “They took their pensions early because they never went out and got a job. They’ve had a couple divorces and they’re making payments to this place and that place. And that’s why they don’t have money. And they’re coming to us to basically say, ‘Please make up for my bad judgment.’ In that case, that’s not our fault as players.”
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Brees apparently did not know – or he just parroted NFLPA talking points. According to Eugene (Mercury) Morris, the Miami Dolphins running back in the 1970s, Brees’ comment was just a repeat statement that was made three years earlier.
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“The statements by Drew Brees on retired players came from ”talking points” from Doug Ell,” Morris said of the labor lawyer who works with the NFLPA. “Those same comments appear in the Congressional Record from the June 26th 2007 hearing called ”An Uneven Playing Field?”
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Brees, who is one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit that was filed on March 11 in an attempt to end the NFL owners’ lockout, may have missed another history lesson that is sure to come up in a Minneapolis courtroom in the case in two weeks. After the failed 1987 NFLPA strike (when the association could not hold the membership together and many stars including Lawrence Taylor, Joe Montana and Howie Long crossed the “picket line” along with ordinary players), the association decertified in order to file a lawsuit against the NFL.
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The National Football League Players Association, after disbanding in 1989, said it would never again represent the players. Four years later, the NFLPA, with the same leadership in place, reorganized and represented the players again.
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Brees and the players will have a difficult time explaining the NFLPA’s actions in 1989 and 1993. The NFL filed an unfair labor practice charge against the NFLPA in February and claimed the NFLPA was not negotiating in good faith in the then on-going talks aimed at reaching a new collective bargaining agreement. The heart of the argument is the 1989 association decertification, which led to the Freeman McNeil antitrust lawsuit against the league.
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The NFL owners have maintained that the players planned to use the decertification card in the 2011 talks as leverage. The NFLPA has dismissed the NFL owners concern.
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Sam Huff played between 1956 and 1969 when players — with the exception of Joe Namath — were not highly paid. Whatever gains players made by selling their services to completing leagues (the old and established NFL and the new AFL — the fifth attempt by NFL rival promoters to successful stage a league) when they finished college irritated the owners.
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In fact, former National Football League Commissioner Pete Rozelle went before Congress in 1966 begging for Congressional permission to violate antitrust laws so that the American Football league and National Football League could merge because a bidding war for players was becoming too costly for both leagues. Rozelle got the merger with some old fashioned horse-trading. He got key yes votes from Senator Russell Long and Congressman Hale Boggs (both of Louisiana) in exchange for an expansion franchise in New Orleans.
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The merger brought an end to the bidding war for talent and suppressed salaries. It probably stripped collective bargaining rights away from the players in both leagues. The NFLPA opposed the merger but the union’s complaints fell on deaf ears in Congress.
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“Getting $500 a year (raise) was a big deal from (Giants owner) Wellington (Mara),’’ Huff said. “When I was drafted I went with Wellington to the Ed Sullivan show. He offered me $5.000 (in 1956) and that was so much money, more than my dad ever made in the coal mines (of West Virginia). I told Mr. Mara I can’t sign and let me check with my coach Art Lewis. He had played in the NFL. I called Coach Lewis and said here I am in New York and (the Giants) offered me a contract for $5,000. Pappy — we called him Pappy — said sign before he changes his mind.”
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Sam Huff was the face of the New York Giants and maybe the NFL during his playing days. He was on the cover of a November 1959 issue of Time magazine (the first ever NFL player on that magazine’s cover) and the star of the CBS News documentary (yes at one time network news was a crown jewel of CBS and NBC and the networks did do documentaries) “The Violent World of Sam Huff (narrated by Walter Cronkite) in 1960.
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Huff helped popularize the NFL and has this advice for Brees.
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“Drew Brees should keep his mouth shut,” Huff said from West Virginia on Thursday. “We (he and his Giants teammates from the 1950s and 1960s) would put a target on his back. I don’t understand all this crap. We formed it (the NFLPA). Kyle Rote (the Giants end), he did it and put it all together.”
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Despite being the face of the Giants and the NFL, Huff’s final salary with the Giants in 1963 was $19,000. He made more money in Washington, his first contract with the Redskins was for $30,000 in 1964. But Huff didn’t become rich from playing football and his second career with Marriott along with being part of the Washington Redskins radio broadcasts made him secure.
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Back in Huff’s day, pro football was seen as a stepping-stone to another career. No one really thought football was a lifelong profession and no one gave a second thought to the post career problems that players developed from playing in “The Violent World of Sam Huff.”
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No one has a number because a lot of former players just don’t out and talk about their problems. There does seem to be a post-career record of multiple operations for knee, hip and shoulder replacements, depression, spousal abuse, finance problems, homelessness, drug addiction, dementia, thoughts of suicide and suicide. Vested veterans get some post-career health benefits but only for five years. Players from Huff’s era get meager pensions and if they didn’t get a second job after their career (or are unable to work because of injuries), they ended up on the public dole before the age of 65 on social security insurance and Medicare. The cost to the taxpayers may be in the billions caring for discarded players.
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The players from the 1950s just wanted better playing conditions but the owners never took the players very seriously. Huff was out of the NFL when the players struck in 1968. The NFLPA has always had a difficult time in keeping the association’s membership together. That is a far cry from what football is all about according to Huff.
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“It is about teamwork, teammates working together if you go on strike. (Gene) Upshaw could have been a great leader but when he became the power (Executive Director in 1983) he took away everybody’s vote. It became all about money. I know what unions are; my father was in the United Mine Workers. The NFLPA is just an organization. (Current NFLPA head DeMaurice) Smith says it is one locker room (for the present and past players). De Smith never played football; neither did (NFL Commissioner) Roger Goodell. It is a mess.
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“De Smith said all the right things (about taking care of the old players) but he hasn’t followed through. The worst thing is (the former players) didn’t make much money but they made the game. Gene Upshaw changed all of it. He was a turncoat. It is all about money.”
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In 1974, the NFLPA’s slogan was Freedom Now, as the association pushed for free agency. In 1982, it was “Money Now” as the players pushed for free agency and more money. There seemed to be no long-term plan for the players for good pensions and long-term health care.
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Huff wondered how two guys with no football experience (Goodell and Smith) without people around them with football experience could “make up the rules if you never played.”
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Players who may have suffered long-term injuries from playing in the NFL (or three different versions of the American Football League or the All America Football Conference) from the 1920s to the 1960s never surfaced. To this day, according to one former player, no one in the NFL or NFLPA knows exactly how many players performed in the NFL. The NFL finally admitted in 2010 that concussions might cause long-term health issues for players and their families, although the NFL and the NFLPA won’t confirm that concussions from football injuries cause brain trauma.
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“It’s all about money. (Giants quarterback) Eli Manning got $100 million,” said Huff.
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“We have to take care of them (former players). We made the game what it is. It is war without guns. But I played high school, college football, was the rookie of the year and at the end it didn’t make a difference.”
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Huff’s world, violent as it was on the football field, was much simpler. He dealt with Wellington Mara on his contract. There were no agents. Agents have not helped according to Huff. They fall into the money now category.
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The owners and players will face off in a Minneapolis courtroom in April. It seems NFL owners and players have spent the better part of a half of a century in court. This squabble will ultimately be settled at the negotiating table after the court case and a possible National Labor Relations Board hearing. But don’t look for Huff and his peers to be sitting at the peace table and signing onto an accord after a ceasefire has been declared.
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Huff doesn’t have a seat at the table, which is probably why he would like to suit up one more time in the “Violent World of Sam Huff.”
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“If anyone is overpaid, it’s Brees,” said Huff. “Why did he open his mouth?”
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Huff said that if Brees went against his Giants teams of the 1950s and 1960s, the only thing Brees would say is “did someone get the license plate of that truck?”
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Evan Weiner

Evan Weiner, the winner of the United States Sports Academy’s 2010 Ronald Reagan Media Award, is an author, radio-TV commentator and speaker on “The Politics of Sports Business.” His book, “The Business and Politics of Sports, Second Edition” is available at www.bickley.com or amazonkindle. He can be reached at evanjweiner@yahoo.com
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13 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Roman Gabriel
    March 29th, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Roman Gabriel

    I had the pleasure of playing against the greatest LB’ers of the game – Huff, Butkus, Nitschke, George, Schmidt, Pellington, etc. These great ones played every down!

    Sam, I stand with you about Brees! Small tiny passes make this group of QBs great! How about no sliding or running out of bounds! The greats of our day would still be playing if the same rules applied when we played! It was a glorious challenge to take on the best of the best. One helluva collision! We should reconstitute the NFLPA since they’ve decertified. Carl Eller has filed suit in Minnesota to do exactly that! Hooray, Sam!

    Roman Gabriel
    16-Year Vet, #18
    LA Rams, Philadelphia Eagles
    1962 – 1978

  2. Jeff
    March 29th, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    Too bad no one cares about what that old guy feels. “He truly isn’t responsible for how the game is today. He doesn’t deserve a piece of the pie now.”

    Jeff

  3. Dick Bielski
    March 29th, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    Dick Bielski

    Nothing left to say, Sam said it all.

    How true and how sad.

    Dick Bielski
    Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Colts
    1955 – 1963

  4. Lou Piccone
    March 30th, 2011 at 5:44 am #

    Lou Piccone

    Evan,

    Thanks for clarifying the news on the prior decertification. So we were here before; there are those who negotiated away the obvious gains made in the past for Money Now. They successfully negotiated away the gains for Retired Players right out the window and made sure that they had all of those profits gained from “Studying the Lab Rats” – the Retired Players – by improving benefits for themselves and cutting the cord with the Retired Players.

    Thanks, Evan, for your work on behalf of “What is Right” and all of the Guys like Sam who have stood up for the rest of us, because back then there were only so many Profile guys. Where are the Hall Of Fame GROUP? They should all be in front of this movement to improve benefits for the TEAM, not just a few! W keep hearing “PAST PRESENT FUTURE.”

    ….”ALL IN ONE LOCKER ROOM” — SOLD OUT! This should be the mantra of the NFLPA. The Owners never claimed to represent the Players, they are our natural barrier to the MONEY. The NFLPA represents the Players and Former Players? That Idea Carl Eller has sounds very interesting. As far as Drew Brees is concerned, he’s an idiot for those comments. No Respect!!! NO experience in the Real World other than playing football for 100′s of millions of dollars before he’s done. I wonder if he were back in the 70′s and came out of Pro Ball – body battered for chump change for his experience in his pocket and managed to live to be 65, what would he say then? When he couldn’t “Roll with his Grandchildren” or get to the bathroom on time or remember where he was or navigate his wheelchair in traffic…

    Lou Piccone
    New York Jets 74-76
    Buffalo Bills 77-83

  5. Rick Sanford
    March 30th, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    Rick Sanford NE Patriots

    Thanks to Sam Huff for telling the truth about Breed and all these selfish prima donnas. One day they will see what it is like to wake up with pain every day from re-construction. Thanks Sam for being a true voice for us discards.

    Rick Sanford
    New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks
    1979 – 1985

  6. Frederick ‘Rick’ Hayes
    March 31st, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Aloha Evan:

    Thank You so much for writing another genuine article portraying the TRUE LIFE of the majority of ‘Former Players’ of the NFL. I like the fact you associate the connection of the NCAA ‘Student’ Athletes who are particapating in an employee-training program for the NFL and those ‘supposedly’ fortunate enough to have the ‘opportunity’ to play in the NFL.

    No matter how hard we try to explain to the public and the fans, or ‘fanatics’, the true nature or the life experience of the average football employee, we will never be able to accomplish the reality of this experience. The truth is, “You really had to be there.” Many fans get angry at this portrayal and I’m not actually sure why – is it the fascination with the American obsession of 15 minutes of fame, or is it the false media presentation, formulated and encouraged by the Owners of the few Players who do benefit from the game? We also have to realise the tremendous difference in certain areas of benefits and compensation the current players generally receive, compared to the founders of the game [ those very few still alive ] and those Players from the 60′s and 70′s – my era and again the few still alive and dying at an alarmingly high percentage rate compared to the average population.

    The issue of being “Vested” is another area very few people at either side of the CBA TABLE are even mentioning. I am one of the many un-vested Players who are Members of the NFLPA. I fractured my cervical spine and partially tore my achilles tendon during my Rookie Season [ The Unforgivable Season of 1974 - Supposedly a Strike Year ]. To this day, I don’t know how the Union characterises this ‘so-called’ STRIKE YEAR. Another STORY!!

    The Bottom Line is there are a tremendous number of un-vested Former Players. No one seems to be able to quote an accurate number [ and that includes the NFLPA ]. This seems to me to be an important number in order to accurately account the true number of Former Players under the support of the Public through the SSI Disability and Health System – Players who should be receiving Pension and Health benefits from the NFL Owners.

    The sad point of the issue is the few Active and Former Players want to change the status quo of the Vesting Issue, including the NFLPA. Nobody wants to give up a percentage of their share of the “PIE.”

    Mahalo, Evan, for exposing those certain elements of “LIFE” in the NFL that the fans and public are purposedly kept hidden from by the Owners in their manipulation and corruption of the Media, Politicians, and the NCAA.

    Even the Players themselves fall for the illusion of Fame and Fortune, regardless of the Damage to their Families, Brains, and Bodies. Then they’re left with the humiliation of their own guilt by their particapation, i.e. – Dave Duerson [ Just the latest of the many and the many more to come ].

    Rick Hayes
    L.A. Rams 1974
    UW Huskies 1969-1973
    UW Huskies

  7. Tony Myers
    April 6th, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    What goes on with the players today is simply a reflection of our society. We created an unethical society that is ‘Me First.’ Everyone in this country has been a part of creating this now embarrassment of a nation. Our rights are being robbed daily, our food supply destroyed, our jobs shipped overseas, our money stolen, mounds of debt the citizens will never repay, and ultimately the collapse of the monetary system and the nation… and we are whining about how many millions these guys are getting?

    Sports have become what they have always become in societies of massive decay – distraction for the sheep.

    I feel for all the older players. The game had a different feel once upon a time, but our society was completely different then. The owners were still ruthless but the game was at least a little bit more pure. But, out of all the players you know how many actually havent squandered their money and time? 3 out of 4 I know or see have no clue, didn’t ask for professional advice, and ended up broke. There is no crime in that, but one should look at the realities of our society, and realities of the mindset of those leaving the game – it’s a recipe for social and financial disaster for these players.

    When exactly did our meteorically decaying society stop taking responsibility for their actions?

    People need to look around. 57M Americans are on food stamps. Wake up, people! Austerity is hitting this country, and it will come hard and very fast, overnight, when everyone realizes the depth of it all and loses faith in the monetary system. We have a whole heck of a lot more to consider than this issue.

    Wake up America.

    Tony Myers

  8. RobertinSeattle
    April 6th, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    RobertinSeattle
    Tony -

    Thanks for participating in an open discussion on the retired football players.

    I agree with you on much of what you say. It would seem that our society has devolved to a very self-centered ‘Me First’ mentality that permeates everything. It applies to football as it does to most everything else these days.

    Unfortunately, so many fans have been misinformed over the years by all the myths that the NFL managed to perpetuate when they ruled the airwaves exclusively. Much of our work has been to educate the fans and the general public about all those misconceptions still floating around out there.

    First of all, everyone needs to understand that the average career only lasts 3 years but it’s actually the culmination of at least another 6 – 10 years of unpaid ‘apprentice’ work for the few players who eventually get to make it into the NFL. You have to count those years in Pee Wee through college as ‘unpaid servitude’ just to finally get paid to play in the NFL. So if you look at the REAL average pay of around $300 – $350,000 a year for the majority of players and NOT the millions that the few superstars are getting and then you spread it out over the 12 – 15 years these guys put in, it’s not really a whole lot of money at all. (And let’s not forget that out of the average total of $1 million for a grunt football player, there’s the deductions to the IRS, Social Security as well as agents’ fees that most rookies end up having to retain to sign a contract.)

    Then you factor in the denial of benefits that most of these men face – especially the pre-93 guys – and you realize that the deck is absolutely stacked against them from the minute they step on that field. Those disability and pension benefits are there but the majority of these men aren’t given ready access to their own benefits and aren’t even given a single vote inside their own Union.

    But if you really want to get angry, then get angry at the owners of the teams and the League. Why? Because even if you’re not a fan of football – like me – you need to realize that for many of these discarded retired players, their only option is to apply for Social Security Disability and Medicare for their medical needs. And with their indisputable injuries that the NFL – their employer – refuses to pay for, it’s ultimately you and me, Joe Q. Public, who ends up paying for it all. Just like you and I end up financing those billion dollar stadiums that most of us will never ever walk into during our lifetimes.

    And something else that’s been coming out of our efforts to educate everyone about concussions and related issues: Many of these men are likely suffering from the thousands of concussions they’ve received during their years of playing football. And this kind of damage has lingering and far-reaching consequences such as bad judgement or poor memory which may explain some of the poor choices many of them make after their careers in football. While I don’t want to make excuses for anyone, I do want to point out that many of those who should have taken responsibility have managed to avoid paying their obligations simply to make more profits. After meeting so many of these men who have been kicked to the curb, I have become even more passionate about seeing those responsible for the personal and physical damage done to their fellow human beings finally taken to task and made to pay their fair share. If the tobacco industry was finally forced to pay for all the damage they’ve wreaked on society for their lies and deceit over the years, why would the NFL be held to a different standard? Or any other employer for that matter?

    If nothing else, even those most selfish among us in our society should still understand that if the NFL were held accountable for what they need to pay for, it would leave more for the rest of us who have paid our fair share into the system.

    Robert

  9. Tony Myers
    April 6th, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    Thanks, Robert. Do not disagree with anything you say. Very much agree that players – especially old players – have gotten a very bad shake in it all.

    The only point I would make is that we collectively created and propped up this sort of culture that allowed all this to happen (we still are). We cannot have the conversation of the state-of-affairs of the NFL in a vacuum of the society at large. There are 300M Americans and only a few owners, a few executives and government kleptocrats, and just a few players. From where I sit, the other 300M not in those shoes largely created or propped up this fiasco in all its shapes and sizes. We have all enjoyed the standard of living by playing into our country’s thieving around the world, allowing ridiculous consolidation of wealth, sovereignty destroying conversations about one global govt, trillions stolen and not one indictment, etc.

    We have real problems – i.e. the bankruptcy of the country. The pay for a few in the NFL or now retired will be lost on most every American shortly. This is literal bankruptcy, not fluff, CNN/government propaganda reporting. You are now seeing the forecasts for $200-$300/barrel of oil (that can be translated into $8/gallon). This is disaster on top of all the other issues including most every state in the union being bankrupt already along with the Feds.

    These conversations about compensation, unfairness and other unethical practices by owners cannot continue in a vacuum. While there are riots occurring in most every country in Europe, revolution all over the middle East and protests in this country do you really think people are going to care in 6 months there if there are no NFL games or how much money the players are getting? When they have lost their jobs (21% real unemployment and headed higher with hyperflation coming) state pensions, their social security benefits? That is my point. I have no longer any interest (haven’t for years) of shelling out $500 to take the family to a football game even if I can afford it. It’s simply absurd and frankly disgusting, the whole thing. With 57M on food stamps, massive unemployment and gas prices set to wreck the economy who do we think is going to attend? The owners are way more plugged into the “globalization” scam than the players, or fans. They are bracing for financial Armageddon. Attendance and interest will plummet. I would suggest it should, because Americans need to wake up to the society they have created and spend their time on something way more constructive, like saving this nation and providing some semblance of a level playing field for people.

    I do wish the players the best on getting additional compensation. Unfortunately, I expect that conversation will have a very different reality attached to it shortly.

    Thank you for indulging my comments.

    All the best,
    Tony Myers

  10. Irv Cross
    April 7th, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Irv Cross

    Tony:

    Thanks for your insights and your response to Robert’s comments. I hope you do not mind if I also weigh in with a different perspective. My name is Irv Cross, and I played in the NFL from 1961-69, coached in the league and then spent 23 years with CBS-TV. A few years ago, I received the Pete Rozelle award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame for outstanding career achievement in broadcasting. I began playing football when I was 10 years old. We played in sandlot games against teams with uniforms and equipment; because we were so poor, our club played without any equipment but we won all of our games. I don’t know if we were courageous or stupid, but we loved the game. We really learned the basic tenants of sport; teamwork, conditioning, fair play and a true love of the game. Every guy on our team was my best friend and we shared a common bond that could only be felt by those of us taking on much bigger, better coached and much better equipped teams than ours. We all loved the game – and would have been willing to play for nothing. I know it was a different era then, but when you refer to the old time player you are talking about me and my teammates. We truly played for the love of the game.

    As a pro in the sixties, the NFL was small (14 teams) with the emerging AFL on the rise. I was signed by the defending World Champion Philadelphia Eagles for $10,000. Big money for a poor kid from Hammond, Indiana. My plan was to go to graduate school if I didn’t make the team. In those days nearly all players worked in the offseason because our salaries weren’t that lucrative. As a matter of fact, every player no matter who he was, got paid $50 per game for pre-season – which used to be called exhibition – games and should be today except you now get paid the full regular season rate. We received no pay during training camp before the exhibition games started. If you were injured or cut before the preseason games began, you went home broke! Your contracted salary did not begin until you were on the 36-man squad for the first regular season game. Yep, I did say 36-man squad. And no taxi squad! Many players as starters were also on special teams. Chuck Bednarik played center on offense and linebacker on defense. He is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the toughest man who ever played the game.

    Tony, I feel your pain and I agree that the pro football player and owners today are driven by greed. But please – when making reference to the oldtimer, remember we played for peanuts and at times for nothing because we truly loved the game. I’m a retired player with a history of multiple concussions, and even though I knew the risk of injury, continued to play the game the only way I knew how …100% plus! I still believe the NFL is the geatest game on earth. I believe the league and current players can develop an agreement to take care of their own from rookies to the time guys are laid to rest. None of the old timers are asking the public to do anything for us. We want the league and the NFLPA to recognize their obligation to develop a program to take care of their own as Major League Baseball has done. What we need is a voice at the bargaining table, people on both sides of the table who love the game as we did, and people wth a deep resolve to take care of their own. It is my hope that the owners and active players today realize the heartbeat of the NFL started with the oldtimers who played the game for little or nothing. I think I can speak for all retirees when I say that all we want is for the league and the NFLPA to take care of itheir own, and to protect the game we all love. It is not a question of dollars, it’s a question of doing what is right and the answer is at the bargaining table.

    An old timers point of view.

    Irv Cross
    Philadelphia Eagles & LA Rams
    1961 – 1969

  11. Tony Myers
    April 8th, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Thank you, Mr. Cross. Loved watching you on TV although I was too young to appreciate your playing days (I am 46 now).

    I agree with all your points. I want to be very clear on that, and many of those I know would agree with your points. Again, I wish you and every retired athlete a fair shake. It is ridiculous what the owners and others running the game have done over the years. Unfortunately, it is simply a reflection of exactly what is going on for all of America today. I know the retired football players from great years past are fighting for what is right.

    As each state in the union reaches to “steal” from millions and millions of state employees pensions, and the Feds reach for millions and millions of people’s social security and back the banks taking our money and giving worthless debt from foreign banks… well, we are all in “your” boat. We are all fighting that privileged class that is wielding so much control against 99% of its citizens.

    If we all band together to create a better society we would not have to discuss these matters because we would all collectively be doing what is right. But we will not get very far without realizing how connected we all really are and that 300M Americans are fighting that same battle.

    I wish you all the very best. It’s ridiculous that so much money was made and retired football players are walking around crippled without means to properly handle their problems.

    On that note, I am off to meditate in silence 10 hours a day for 3 days. I will keep you all in mind in that process.

    Blessings,
    Tony Myers

  12. Gordon Wright
    April 8th, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    Gordon Wright - NY Jets

    If you are allowed at the bargaining table, do this for ALL Players 62 or older and Pre-93ers: Ask that all Players with Three years be written into the Pension Plan because our life span is shorter than other professions. It will be a Win-Win for the NFL Owners & NFLPA in showing their appreciation for the men who built the game whose time on earth is short. We built the game and did not ask for much, then took care of our families as character guys after the game. Finally, the time we have left on earth as character guys should be revered!

    Thanks for trying to help us all!

    Gordon & Dora Wright
    Philadelphia Eagles & New York Jets
    1967 – 1970

  13. Gordon Wright
    April 8th, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    Thanks, IRV!

    Gordon Wright

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