2012 NFL Bell/Rozelle Retirement Plan and Changes

Jan 19, 2013

BBPR Plan CoverAfter a few e-mail exchanges, Larry Lamade at Akin Gump graciously provided me with a bound copy of the latest Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Players Retirement Plan that was released in April 2012.
He also sent me a cover letter with attachments that outline a proposed amendment and a new Neuro-Cognitive Disability Benefit that are in the process of being added to the Plan. We’ll be adding comments and observations shortly. If any of our readers find some interesting points, please feel free to share them in the Comments section below.
We uploaded copies of the proposed changes and a full copy of the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan to Scribd for easy viewing and to make it available for downloading and printing. You can also click the Enlarge icon in the lower right corner of the menu at the bottom of the viewing screen to go Full Screen for easier reading (just hit the ESC key to close):

Outline & Proposed Additions to 2012 Bert Bell Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan from Akin Gump


2012 Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan


2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Kaminski
    January 19th, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    Larry Kaminski


    I hope the new year finds you and the rest of the former players well!

    I just read through this new benefit plan that was posted. Since you have the experts, could someone please explain: If someone started the game at 21 in the 60’s and finished in the mid 70’s – according to what I just read – even if you have been told you have brain damage and are collecting disability from the SSA, the league has no responsibility to you after you reach 55. Okay, it took many of us 40 years to finally come to the conclusion that the mini dings we received from breaking the wedge, head slaps, tackles on special teams, getting hit on the head on 4th down as a center etc. are not due compensation because they did not consider it harmful back then. Today they do but 40 years later for players like us, they don’t for the circumstances mentioned.

    Can someone please explain what is going on?

    When Dr. Amen just came into our lives a few years back, the bulk of us tested positive but the league says, “No, you’re too old for any benefits.” But then they go and offer the 88 Plan for those of us who have lost our minds from football and can no longer fight back. Right? Or wrong? Or just confused?

    Thanks for everyone’s consideration and time.

    Larry Kaminski
    Denver Broncos
    1966 – 1973

  2. Bob Maddox
    January 22nd, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    Bob Maddox

    I totally agree with Larry. I worked until I couldn’t stand the physical, mental and emotional pain that I deal with every day. The problem: I am too old for disability with the NFL but not with Social Security. Then at age 55, I would have gotten Social Security Disability but nothing from the NFL. CATCH-22!

    Players after 55 need to have monies available for them as well.

    Bob Maddox
    Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs
    1974 – 1976