More Stuff You Can’t Make Up

Dec 9, 2011

We’ve got some news and thoughts that have come in from two of the retirees out there and felt it would be best to share it with everyone here in one post.
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This past year, Larry Kaminski has been going through the California Workers Compensation process to gain access to his disability benefits.
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Independent Football Vets:
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Well, guys, get ready for another roadblock on our quest to get compensation for damages incurred during our playing days from the 60 – 70′s. A year ago, I filed a comp case against the Broncos for the injuries I have had to deal with over the past several years. Heart attacks, cardiac arrest, knee replacement, loss of feeling in my left hand, emotional issues and terrible osteoarthritis. All the examiners agreed that football took its toll and I had a legal claim. Now, just when the attorneys were going to get some closure, I find out that the Broncos will serve me – AND 9 of my former teammates – claiming they have NO responsibility for any of our past issues from playing football. I was recently told the Broncos will ask for a declaration of some kind in the Colorado courts that will allow them to deny any payment to any players prior to their ownership. The Bronco owners are actually claiming that they purchased all the assets but no liabilities that could arise. To paraphrase: Delay, deny until they die. So they’ll be asking a judge in Colorado to dismiss any claims against them! So what’s next? The NFL will soon be advising the owners to sell and re-sell the teams every year so they can claim they don’t owe any liabilities? Must be the Broncos’ answer to bankruptcy in the 21st century!
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And I still get invited every year to a Broncos Alumni function that’s sold to advertisers to fund the costs of their program. The advertisers get to sit with us, talk old times and we even get to get in front of the great Denver fans. The game is promoted as a Broncos Alumni weekend. The franchise still uses our names and backgrounds but claims absolutely no responsibility for Workers Compensation law.
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I was NFL Man-of-the-Year elect for 2 years, I helped the Phipps Brothers raise interest in the bond issue to build the old Mile High and I even spoke to about 40,000 people during a program called Broncos in Action supported by a local financial institution. I made the AFL All Star team in ’67 and I know a pic of us from that post-season honor still hangs somewhere in their offices. One of the guys who will be in this action has been a cornerstone of the Broncos franchise. I’m not going to mention names but we all know that being a Hall-of-Famer brings credibility to the old franchise.
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So I guess if you’re from the pre-Bowlen era and you have any claims, start getting ready for this new standard answer to your Workers’ Compensation claims:“We like you and like the good you did to spread the goodwill to make our franchise worth millions over $1 billion today according to Forbes. But no, we owe you NOTHING. ZIP. NADA. We paid you $50.00 an exhibition game, gave you $20.00 to get a meal on the road and if the medical treatment was less then professional… it’s not our problem. Oh – and we’d love to have you show up for next year’s Alumni event, Larry.
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Best Wishes,
Larry Kaminski
Denver Broncos
1966-1973

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And this thought-provoking and chilling piece of history came in from Gordon Wright:
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This is Gordon Arnold Wright here. I graduated in 1965 from Delaware State Historical Black College with a Bachelors Degree in Business.
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The late Claude Buddy Young Recruited me in 1967 when I was with the Philadelphia Eagles along with Willie Lanier who was with the Kansas City Chiefs at the time. Claude Buddy Young was killed under suspicious circumstances in 1983 in Terrel, Texas and he was from Chicago. Conveniently, after Buddy’s death in 1983, Gene Upshaw was given the job that Claude Buddy Young held at the NFL Player Relations office in New York.
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I compel my NFL brothers to have Claude Buddy Young’s so-called ‘accidental death’ to be reopened. Gene Upshaw, Al Davis, Art Shell and the previous owners at the NFL and NFLPA know what happened to Claude Buddy Young, my Recruiter and my friend. Chicago’s Congressman Bobby Rush should call for a Congressional investigation and for the Honorable Claude Buddy Young to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at the very least.
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Gordon Wright
Philadelphia Eagles & New York Jets
1967 – 1970
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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. RobertinSeattle
    December 9th, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    RobertinSeattle

    Gordon -

    Let’s not forget the time they found Gene Upshaw’s first wife’s body (Jimmye Lee Hill-Upshaw) under a fence in rural Oklahoma back in 2002. It was eventually declared “It does not appear the 59-year-old woman was the victim of foul play” by authorities. Click HERE to read the story.

    And, of course, when he died suddenly from pancreatic cancer, the estate he left behind was worth well over $20 million including a secret $16 million+ side deal with the Union that forced them to pay a $22 million settlement to 2,000 retired players in two payments. His son from his first marriage, Eugene Upshaw III, ended up having to sue Upshaw’s current widow, Terri, to question the fake “will” that had been signed by none other than Upshaw’s attorney. That case was quickly – and quietly – settled out of court and – surprise! The case was ordered sealed at the request of all parties.

    Like the title says: You Can’t Make This Stuff Up.

    Robert

  2. Larry Kaminski
    December 13th, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    Larry Kaminski

    Independent Players,

    I just received my NFLPA membership card. I find it interesting that Union stickers adorn the back of the card. Why hasn’t anyone contacted the AFL-CIO regarding the treatment by the leadership activity and illegal negotiations for all of us by the NFLPA gang of whatever?

    I can’t see any legitimate union membership allowing their decision makers to screw them in this way.

    Merry Christmas
    Larry Kaminski
    Denver Broncos
    1966 – 1973

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