Official Press Release from the REAL Dryer vs NFL (Films) Plaintiffs

Mar 26, 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the press announcement as released on behalf of the original plaintiffs in the Dryer vs NFL (Films) lawsuit following last Friday’s hearing in Federal Court in Fort Myers FL. Please note that the NFL’s press release last week was intentionally misleading in their implication that the Settlement was already concluded and accepted. This litigation is far from over as some would have you believe. Certain attorneys had already been counting their upfront $8 million bribe – er, payout – from the NFL. We have been informed by a lot of retired players that they’ve already fired the firm(s) who were (mis)representing them in the NFL (Films) lawsuit. And for those of you who have also not already switched to a more ethical firm to represent your best interests in your concussion lawsuit, you may wish to consider changing firms so they don’t throw you under the bus for ten pieces of silver there as well.
And now that the gag order is being officially lifted from the hearings, we will be opening a full dialog on this case and what it really means for all retired players as a group and not to any individual player in particular. This is going to be one of the important panel discussion topics at our upcoming Third Annual Independent Football Veterans Conference in Las Vegas May 3 – 5. Click HERE to read more and to sign up.

“Original Dryer Plaintiffs” Oppose Proposed NFL Settlement in Retired Players’ Right of Publicity Lawsuit

Proposed NFL deal opposed: “Players give up everything – get nothing”

Minneapolis, MN – (March 26, 2013) – Six retired National Football League (NFL) players—the “Original Dryer Plaintiffs”—who filed a class action complaint against the NFL alleging that their publicity rights were violated in NFL productions, all oppose a proposed settlement.
“The proposed settlement requires retired players to surrender all their past and future publicity rights – and receive nothing directly in return,” says lead plaintiff Fred Dryer, who played in the NFL between 1969 and 1981. Dryer remains the only player in NFL history to record two safeties in one game.
The Dryer v. National Football League case seeks fair compensation for retired players whose identities have been used in NFL Films and elsewhere after their contracts expired.  Dryer filed the lawsuit with fellow retired players Elvin Bethea, Jim Marshall, Dan Pastorini, Joe Senser and Ed White.
On March 18, 2013, the NFL and other retired players submitted a class-wide settlement proposal to the Court.  Contrary to the NFL announcement on that day, the case has not been settled.  In fact, the Original Dryer Plaintiffs oppose the proposed settlement, largely because no retired player who forfeits his rights will receive any direct payment or benefit from the settlement funds.  The Court considered arguments on preliminary approval of the proposed settlement at a hearing on March 22 in Fort Myers, Florida.
If retired players or heirs of deceased prior players wish to know more about the proposed settlement, they can visit and
NFL fat lady sings

2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Dave Pear
    March 27th, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    Dave at Home

    I’m still waiting to hear about any DIRECT benefits that ALL retired players will receive from the current “settlement offer” (or sellout) in the NFL Films lawsuit? I have actually reached out to some of the latest players listed in the NFL’s press release and heard nothing.

    From everything I have read to date, this is another snooker job by the NFL and their lawyers.

    Dave Pear
    1978 Pro Bowl
    Super Bowl XV

  2. John Hogan
    March 28th, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    John Hogan


    Remember last year at the IFV Conference in Las Vegas when I spoke on “illusory benefits”?

    Could be another one.

    John Hogan
    Disability Attorney
    Retired Player Advocate