IFV 2013: Pensions, Disability con’d: Latest Updates on Current Cases from John Hogan

May 10, 2013

The 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is going into its third year. How has it worked out for you and your families? How will some of the most recent disability rulings affect future cases? And just how did that Legacy Fund work out for each of you? John Hogan has been advocating for a total reform of the current NFL/NFLPA Disability Plan and has been successful in many of his cases representing retired NFL players in their Disability and Social Security Disability cases. In this session, John discusses some of the most recent cases and their impact on all retired players. We were hoping to have Jimmie Giles join John on stage but his health and upcoming surgeries kept him at home. John discusses some of the strange details of how the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan and its Board actually runs under the dominant hand of The Groom Law Group with absolutely no checks and balances nor oversight from a so-called Board. If you have never had to apply for disability benefits from the NFL, this discussion is an eye-opener. And if you’ve applied for benefits, most of this information will sound eerily familiar. (You can read all Panelist biographies by clicking HERE.)
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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. RobertinSeattle
    May 11th, 2013 at 11:15 am #


    Great update as usual, John!

    Wish more attorneys would toss everything into the ring publicly before being forced by the NFL’s lawyers to sign Settlement Nondisclosures for their clients’ disability benefits. They’re only offering a Settlement because they got their butts kicked in court and know they’re going to lose again so why give them anything more?

    Can you imagine if Social Security tried that kind of crap? Or how about a real unionized Fortune 500 like Ford Motor Co.? The revolt that would ensue would be deafening!

    Oh wait a minute – the League and the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan are already stone cold deaf and can’t hear a thing! Forgot! Only in the NFL…

  2. Brian J Nemeth
    May 14th, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    Brian Nemeth

    I am a non-vested injured player. I was injured and had a partially paralyzed left foot and leg. Talk about discrepancies; I was in traction for a long time before surgery but my point is the 49ers put me on Workmans Comp immediately. George Visger played quite a while but never received disability benefits from the League and from seeing your speeches, many other players did not get it – or Workmans Comp – either! I have been on it since my injury.

    I have been on total disability from SSI. But as you know, I will never get anything from the League. It seems that your current legal methods are working but way too slowly. They are pros at skirting legal issues. The League has hired professional insurance agents to review these claims. They know if they give anything out, it would be an expensive landslide. They sure like to chop block so maybe a little payback is in store. Sometimes new plays work! Perhaps we need to get the current players’ attention and have a strike to get this started? Maybe it’s possible. And we need to get the fans on your side too! How can they abuse the Workmans Comp system so badly and get away with it?

    I believe your answers are with the current players and the fans. Period. Educate the fans; I think they are in the right state of mind now to listen to you. After all, you all are the legends who made the game!!!

    1976 draft from South Carolina
    to San Francisco 49ers