Fred Dryer Writes to Attorney Michael Hausfeld

Aug 23, 2012

EDITOR’S NOTE: We received this e-mail from Fred Dryer, lead plaintiff in the Dryer vs NFL (Films) lawsuit. Once again, we’re simply posting it in its entirety as requested by a retired player.
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Dear Michael:
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It has come to my attention through conversations with Elvin Bethea that you said I have agreed to be part of the leadership of a group you are now organizing. It is my understanding that you intend to do this with the plaintiffs’ recovery money from DRYER V NFL rather than distributing those proceeds directly to the players themselves.
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Michael, I do not know how you have come to this determination but you and I know that this is absolutely not true.
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At the present time, you and your law firm are supposed to be representing me in the DRYER V NFL class action lawsuit. As one of the six original plaintiffs and the so-called “point man” in the case, I have had the opportunity to watch and listen very carefully to your tact and the suggested course of action you want to take us.
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Knowing you as I do now, it is no surprise to me that you would misrepresent facts and the truth in order to manipulate a specific outcome.
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I am hereby requesting that you immediately stop telling my NFL brethren that you and I are in any way connected to anything outside of our present duties in DRYER V NFL. I will also be submitting this communication directly to my NFL network so my position is made clear to everyone in no uncertain terms.
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Thank You
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Fred Dryer
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5 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Ed White
    August 23rd, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    Ed White

    Hey I love football… I loved every minute of playing, starting in the streets thru 17 NFL seasons. Then followed by years of coaching at all levels, I shared the techniques of the sport with young men. A lot of players like myself grew up dreaming of someday playing on Sunday.

    Would I do it again knowing the risks. YES, no question. I think most of us would.

    I don’t want to be a part of a movement that ends football but rather a part of a group that finds solutions. Make the equipment safer, keep altering the rules to protect the player more and take care of the players that play and the ones that built the League.

    The strong work that Dave, Brent, Mike, Bernie and Bruce are doing is so fantastic…working together for better solutions is the answer.

    Brother Dryer… well said, my friend!

    Stay Well!

    Ed White
    Minnesota Vikings 1969 – 1978
    San Diego Chargers 1978 – 1986

  2. Ron Pritchard
    August 25th, 2012 at 6:19 am #

    Ron Pritchard Bengals

    First Elvin and now Fred. Trust once again brought to question with this particular lawyer and his clients. It seems to me that a duck is a duck, a lemon tree bears only lemons and someone who doesn’t speak the truth is clearly not trustworthy to deal with.

    COME ON, BOYS! Let’s get into the game and reject our lawyer “friends” who seem to be playing fast and loose with our class action case! We need to flood Dave’s Blog page with our thoughts about non-truth tellers.

    This is not just Fred and Elvin’s problem, it includes all of us. We need the written words from all of you who are in this class action case. We have always been divided by our lack of involvement with these types of things. I say, “No more stealing from us!” It needs to stop NOW!! If you read this message you should feel an obligation to write down your thoughts and make them public so they know we join hands together as “ONE TEAM ONE PURPOSE!”

    Ron Pritchard
    Houston Oilers, Cincinnati Bengals
    1969 – 1977

  3. Chris Burford
    August 25th, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    Chris Burford Texans

    Agree with you 100% Ed. We need to improve safety, rules and equipment, not kill the sport! Are there risks? Yes, but also much to be gained that is good, fun, rewarding in many ways and helpful to all of us who played and will play in the future. Banning an endeavor has seldom been the answer. The solution lies in intelligent use of whatever we do, whether it is driving a car or playing sports.

    Some seek the extreme of prohibition, but that has seldom worked. Sounder principles should be sought in strengthening a game so many of us love.

    Chris Burford
    Dallas Texans, Kansas City Chiefs
    1960 – 1967

  4. Chidi Ahanotu
    August 27th, 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    Chidi Ahanotou

    Dear NFL brothers,

    What does our brother, former NFL Player and attorney, Shawn Stuckey say about Hausfeld’s wrongdoing? Shawn is co-counsel with firm Zelle Hoffman. Perhaps he could chime in on this state of affairs?

    Chidi Ahanotu
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers, St. Louis Rams,
    Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers
    1993 – 2004

  5. Peggy Fabrizio
    September 8th, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    Dear Fred and all the other retired players:

    From a woman’s point of view: Can the inside of the helmet be padded to protect the brain from injury when hit? And why not? Will we ever see a helmet that can protect the head like shoulder pads protect the shoulders? And what protects the neck from getting injured?

    When you are young, you don’t think of the problems that happen later in life and you should. As an ex-caregiver, I saw the results.

    Thank You for helping the kids of today have a tomorrow.

    Peggy Fabrizio

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