All the Cards on the Table

Oct 20, 2011

Both the NFLPA and George Martin’s NFL Alumni have been trying to take credit for everything being offered to retired players from the new CBA. In the meanwhile, they’ve also done their best to ignore what retired players have actually been demanding long before this current CBA while never really putting their cards on the table about what it is that they’ve actually decided for retirees – without their direct input. The Union simply refused to be in the same room while discussions were being held directly with Commissioner Goodell and now they continue to play a let’s-wait-and-see attitude by blaming the League for holding up the final agreement. And they continue to take credit for the wonderful things they’ve done for retirees all while they weren’t a Union (during de-certification!).
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Meanwhile, back at the Alumni ranch, George Martin’s $250,000+ annual salary and bonuses are apparently not enough so he also had to do some endorsement work. George has been driving around in a brand-new $65,000+ Cadillac Platinum Edition Escalade ESV for the last week or so since the Alumni Golf Tournament tweeting all about his praises for his loaner wheels much to the delight of Government Motors. (Read the official NFL Alumni Press Release by clicking HERE.) FOX Sports’ Alex Marvez had a few more words to say about that ride:
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NFLA director uses position to feed greed

George loves Cadillac!There are valid reasons some retired NFL players don’t trust the groups that champion themselves as advocates for their pensions, benefits and medical needs.
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George Martin just moved atop the list.
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Since becoming the NFL Alumni’s executive director and president in 2009, Martin has publicly begged to become the lead spokesman for retirees. Martin, though, never told anyone he would be using that voice to shamelessly endorse a sponsor who is letting him drive around in a brand new vehicle while some ex-players struggle to make ends meet on pensions whose monthly value would barely pay for a tank of his gas.
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Read the rest of Alex Marvez’ story by clicking HERE.
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And here’s the note from Shawn Stuckey with the memo on retirees’ benefits attached below on Scribd:
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On September 13, 2011, 28 former NFL players, including 25 Hall of Famers, representing over 75% of current NFL teams and representing every decade in pro football since the 1940’s filed a class action lawsuit against the NFLPA, its executive director, and the Brady plaintiffs on behalf of all former NFL players. The class of players represents virtually every position in football, and every category of NFL player – including vested, non-vested, hall of famers, forgotten players, and legends of the game. Among other things, the players are alleging that the NFLPA violated its fiduciary duty to retired players when it sacrificed the interests of retired players to the interests of the current players. The players are also suing for the right for retired players to negotiate for themselves through their own independent organization, the right to set their own adequate pensions and disability plans, and the right to recoup the amounts that should have been negotiated on their behalf during the recent CBA negotiations.
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Yesterday afternoon (Oct. 12th), another lawsuit was filed against the NFLPA on behalf of all former NFL players. The class is represented by 19 former players. The Complaint is very similar to the one filed on September 13, 2011. The class representatives in the lawsuit consist of two Hall of Famers, two soon-to-be Hall of Famers, three players listed in the NFL’s official encyclopedia, Total Football II under 300 of the greatest players in NFL history, and several other notable players.
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This makes 47 former NFL players who have filed suit against the NFLPA in the past month, 27 of whom are Hall of Famers, 26 of whom who are listed in the NFL’s official encyclopedia, Total Football II under 300 of the Greatest Players in NFL History, players who have made 39 super bowl appearances, and players who were selected to a combined 201 pro bowls.
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The law firms of Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason (my firm) and Hausfeld LLP are representing the plaintiffs. Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding the lawsuits.
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Best,
Shawn D. Stuckey, Esq.
Retired NFL Player & Attorney
New England Patriots
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Minnesota Vikings
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Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason
(612) 336-9135
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With that, here are the retired players’ cards all out on the table face up. We’ve uploaded a copy of the new 13-page memo to Judge Boylan to Scribd for easy viewing and to make it downloadable for printing. You can also click the Enlarge icon in the center of the menu at the bottom of the viewing screen to go Full Screen for easier reading (and just hit the ESC key to close):
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NFL Retirees Proposal Outline Memo 5-27
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9 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Kaminski
    October 20th, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    Larry Kaminski

    Independent Players,

    Being from Cleveland, working hard for my family, I have one thing to say to Mr. Martin: Kiss my Polish/Hungarian dupa!

    Thank you,
    Larry K.
    Denver Broncos
    1966 – 1973

  2. AJ Duhe
    October 21st, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    AJ Duhe

    I hope all these lawsuits are going after another piece of the pie and not the Legacy Fund. The last thing I want to do is share it with a law firm!

    AJ Duhe
    Miami Dolphins
    1977 – 1984

  3. Thane Gash
    October 21st, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    Thane Gash

    Time of truth:

    All the players who wouldn’t have taken that dealer offer, please speak up. I would have taken it. George Martin has done nothing wrong here. Of course, I’m wishing that was me but it isn’t. We’ve all used the NFL ASSOCIATION to better our situations. When we start coming together, things will get better. PLEASE DON’T GIVE THE NEW LEADER MORE REASONS TO EXCLUDE US!!!

    Thane Gash
    Cleveland Browns (1988-1991)
    San Francisco 49ers (1992-1993)

  4. Chet Hanulak
    October 21st, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    Chet Hanulak

    I have never read so much confusion in all my life. What does it take for these reps to settle this situation? Are they suggesting changing the existing vested time to a new criteria? It seems to me they would love to be rid of the pre-50’s so they can fill their own pockets with more money.

    Where would the NFL be if it wasn’t for the early dedicated, hardworking love-of-the-game players?

    Chet Hanulak
    Cleveland Browns
    1954, 1957

  5. Larry Kaminski
    October 21st, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    Larry Kaminski

    Mr. Gash,

    I appreciate what you are saying about Mr. Martin; however, he was not elected by the older players. He was appointed by who? The owners. And the NFLPA? We have no vote or say in any of these organizations, and therefore no say in our benefits or status.

    So before he goes to promote a free car for his position, maybe he should ask why the rest of us do not have a voice or a vote. Stand up for the former players by giving up the glory. ‘One Team One Dream’ does not mean ‘I and free stuff.’ Was he in it to get the perks or to break this logjam we deal with daily?

    Respectfully,
    Independent player
    Larry Kaminski
    Denver Broncos
    1966-1973

  6. Dave Pear
    October 22nd, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    Dave Pear

    George Martin has been appointed as the new Gene Upshaw – Martin only represents himself and retired players can’t fire him.

    Regards,
    Dave Pear

  7. Joe S.
    October 22nd, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    Joe Steed

    What all retired players need is a strong health care plan for our high-risk pool! This is the case with most Americans. This is the case with military personnel! We need an active healthcare advocate to negotiate prescription drugs and medical services on an ongoing basis!

    Concussions are like Global Warming – you can believe in it or not. Nevertheless it is happening.

    Joe Steed
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    1992 – 1999

  8. Joe Steed
    October 24th, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    Joe Steed

    Another good website for guys to take a look at is:

    http://theconcussionblog.com/2011/09/01/hbot/#comments

    This really could be a public health issue. We are impairing our own kids! They watch boxing, UFC, NFL, Hockey, etc. and from my understanding one concussion is enough and two concussions are two too many! Maybe this is why there is a rise in Alzheimers amongst other things?

    Joe Steed
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    1992 – 1999

  9. Henry Bradley
    October 31st, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    Henry Bradley

    George Martin, can I have your old automobile? I have a car that has almost 200,000 miles on it. I had to skip a house payment just to get it fixed. So, Mr. Martin – tell the NFL I need my increase to make it day-to-day. My roof is leaking now, so please hurry!

    Henry Bradley
    Cleveland Browns
    1979 – 1982