John Hogan: My Notes from the Symposium and Dead Cows

Sep 10, 2011

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A few comments from the notes I took down during the Santa Clara Law Sports Law Symposium:
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I was able to catch De alone for a few minutes outside at the coffee urn. He acted like he didn’t know who I was. Maybe he doesn’t??? In any event, I told him that I would really appreciate the opportunity to sit down with him and discuss disability. He told me to send him an e-mail!
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I received compliments from at least two guys who were amazed that I could hold my tongue during my presentation! I did directly ask him one question in my presentation – and he never answered it. It was about the new neuro-cognitive benefit – which I think is more PR or window dressing than a measure which will actually help any retired players.
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I thought he was taking down a lot of notes during my brief presentation – in fact, one of the audience members said that he was. However, when I looked over at him after I was finished, all I saw on the paper were doodles!
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De was the keynote speaker before our panel – the topic was concussions. However, other than saying that concussions were the NFL’s most significant health issue in the past five years, he did not speak at all about concussions. Rather, he said, “We need a broader discussion on health issues…(including) diabetes and heart disease… (as well as obesity).”
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One former player said that his talk was more like a commencement address, as it was filled with generalities and platitudes: “Our proper goal should be what is right and what is fair.” (Duh!) He also said to be, “…radical in your thoughts, unyielding in your criticism, with the goal of seeking justice.”
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Someone in the audience called out “My cow died!”
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De continued, unfazed, until the guy yelled out again “My cow died!”
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Somewhat rattled, De asked “What do you mean?” To which the heckler replied “I don’t need your bull anymore!”
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Now I can Dig That!
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Not a word about retired players. Not a word about the Legacy fund. Most unfortuately, there was no time for questions and De made a dash for the door with Delvin Williams and Irv Muchnick trying to ask him questions.
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Well, at least he showed up…
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John Hogan
Disability Attorney & Retired Players Advocate
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One Response so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Dave Pear
    September 10th, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    Dave Pear

    Hey De,

    My cow died!

    Retired players don’t need your bull any more.

    Question: The union was decertified during the CBA. When there was a so-called pretend and counterfeit union, Gene Upshaw said that he did not represent retired players. So De, are you trying to say that you represented retired players during the CBA? How was that possible? There was NO union during the lockout so how could you represent retired players when you said you couldn’t even represent the active players?

    Why did the owners call attorney Michael Hausfeld (who actually represents retired players) and let Mr. Hausfeld know that the NFLPA Leadership was hiding $500,000,000 from retired players?

    No more bull, De! Just answer these questions (and PLEASE don’t run out the door again).

    Regards,
    Dave & Heidi Pear