More Benefits? What Benefits?

Mar 29, 2013

In their recent all-but-done NFL Films Settlement Offer, the NFL flashed another possible “benefit” that most players will probably never see or access in their collective lifetimes. The majority of retired players have yet to receive any real benefits from all those slick PR benefits programs offered in the past – why would one more program simply intended to avoid paying any real money to the players be different with this new deal? As part of the ongoing negotiations, perhaps Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith – along with all of their staff at the NFL and the NFLPA – should be asked to switch over their entire medical and retirement benefits to programs exactly like that offered to the men who made their jobs possible. What do you think they’d say about that? If their offer was such a good deal why wouldn’t they take the same benefits over 8 years?
In one more typical example of life after football, we’re posting another slideshow of what happens to all too many players after they leave the game: Dave went in for his 15th (or was it his 16th?) surgery yesterday. This time it was to widen his spinal canal in a procedure that uses new laser technology. None of this is covered by any NFL disability or healthcare plans – nor has it ever been covered in the past. Just one more work-related injury that my former employer, the NFL, won’t pay for.
We have a full-color gallery of shots taken before and during the entire operation. (WARNING: Not for the squeamish!) Dr. Mark Freeborn along with his entire team and the staff at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland are to be commended for an overall great surgical experience for Dave and Heidi! Dave made it home yesterday afternoon and is looking at a two-week recovery now.
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You can scroll through the pictures by clicking on the left- and right- arrows on the sides of each picture or you can select slideshow at the bottom.

11 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Henrietta Watson
    March 29th, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    Sid Watson

    I send you both my thoughts, prayers and love.

    Henrietta Watson
    widow Sid Watson (1932 – 2004)
    Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins
    1955 – 1958

  2. Larry Kaminski
    March 29th, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    Larry Kaminski

    Dave and Heidi:

    You have our best thoughts and wishes this Easter weekend. Hopefully, you will heal quickly and enjoy life as it was meant to be enjoyed.

    Larry and Linda Kaminski

  3. Selitta Woodson
    March 29th, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    Marv Woodson

    We’re so glad that your surgery was successful, Dave. Didn’t know you had to have it until we read about it on your blog. Our support is with you!

    Keep fighting on behalf of yourself and all the rest of the retirees for benefits for you and others with their families to show these scumbags of the dirt how low they are with their mentality. (NFL and the NFLPA – in case you don’t know who we’re talking about.) They’re all trailer trash.

    Marv & Selitta Woodson
    Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints
    1964 – 1969

  4. Kamal Ali Salaam-El
    March 30th, 2013 at 12:18 am #

    Reggie Harrison


    I wish a speedy recovery to you. My family and me pray on this for you.

    Kamal Ali Salaam-El
    aka Reggie Harrison
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    1974 – 1977

  5. Billy Truax
    March 30th, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Billy Truax


    I wish you all the best and hope this new procedure is successful and gives you some relief. Kudos to the doctors and their courage and creativity to go forward.

    May the spring spirit be with you and may you “rise again” quickly!

    Billy Truax
    LA Rams, Dallas Cowboys
    1964 – 1973

  6. John W. Griffin
    March 30th, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    John Griffin


    My family and I are sending prayers to you and your family for a speedy recovery over this Easter weekend. So sorry to hear you had to have yet another serious surgery. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

    Thank you for all the hard work and long hours you put into your blog for all us old retired players.

    Get well soon.

    John Griffin
    LA Rams, Denver Broncos
    1963 – 1967

  7. Myron M. Guyton
    March 30th, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    Myron Guyton

    My family and I wish you the best during your recovery and will keep you in our prayers during this Easter Holiday.

    God Bless,
    Myron M Guyton
    New York Giants, New England Patriots
    1989 – 1995

  8. Gail Cogdill
    March 30th, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

    Gail Cogdill

    Dave & Heidi –

    We wish you a speedy recovery and lots of prayers.

    Gail Cogdill
    Lions 1960 – 1968
    Colts 1968 – 1969
    Falcons 1969 – 1970

  9. Lou Piccone
    March 31st, 2013 at 7:16 am #

    Lou Piccone


    Our prayers are with you on this Easter Sunday and going forward.

    You’ve put so much into the betterment of Retired Players’ Quality of Life efforts…I’m certain there is reward!

    Lou and JoAnne Piccone
    New York Jets 74-76
    Buffalo Bills 77-83

  10. Gordon A. Wright
    March 31st, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    Glendora and Gordon Wright

    Hi Dave. Get well soon.

    Gordon & Dora Wright
    Philadelphia Eagles & New York Jets
    1967 – 1970

  11. Henry Bradley
    April 5th, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    Henry Bradley

    I will pray for you and your family. God will give you the strength to endure any situation.

    Henry Bradley
    Cleveland Browns
    1979 – 1983