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NFL wives: We ‘pick up the pieces’ after brain injuries to football …

Dec 17, 2013

Wayne Radloff (left) with wife Garland (right) and family


NFL wives: We ‘pick up the pieces’ after brain injuries to football player husbands

The wife of an ex-football player who is suing the NFL for allegedly concealing the danger of concussions said that during games, even way up ..
When the settlement was announced earlier this year, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called it “a significant amount of money” and said it was good for both sides. ”We were able to find common ground to be able to get relief to the players and their families now rather than spending years litigating,” he said at a September press conference.
Roger, what are you talking about? What settlement? Retired players did not agree to anything. It has been 4 months and not one word on the details of your proposed settlement. The settlement proposal sounds like a farce. You should take a good look at the picture of the Radloff family. Is this the way you would want your family treated? Look at his children. We all realize you are a Senators son who earns in excess of $30,000,000 annually and this is only business to the mighty NFL and you probably have plans to be an NFL owner some day and run for political office.
  But Roger, NOBODY believes you anymore! NOBODY……….



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  1. henry bradley
    December 18th, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    My wife and I are part of the NBC story about wives. I encourage you to click on, scroll down to read the entire story. I retired from everything in 1996 because of head trauma. I am tried of people saying we threw our money away. 1 made 22,000 first year , but only played 2 games, second year 26,000 but only played 6 games 1979, 30,000 in 1980 and 60,000 in 1981, 1982 was my largest payday before I was cut in Oct 1983. The tax man took his 40% and the agent took his 10 to 20 % ,send that to the people that think I made money playing the game. I played it for the love. I say allow the game to return to the way it was. Because of the softness of the game, player are playing too long. Therefore, the QBs are hording all the money for themselves. They could set up a fund to buy laptops and school supplies for former player kids.

  2. Gordon A.Wright
    December 21st, 2013 at 3:03 am #

    Thanks Bradey and Family for addind truth to fiction about Professional Football Players Salaries and who gets a cut of our check. My biggset salarie was $18, 000.00 for playing in a play off game against the Buffalo Bills. What ever help the wives receive if it will pay for respite relief for wives and husband’s that would be better than nothing. Yes Bradley I also love Football. Always have and Always will. All I asked for was my 68 & 71 season’s that would give me my 5 year’s I earned from playing in the AFL/NFL. I injured my shoulder in 68 & I broke my ankle in1971 I rerecently received my medical records from Dr.Nicholas. The NFL makes the former player prove everything he says by saying show us all the records as proof. Game programs and Medical records. I found most of my records due to my parents storage abilities.
    I have a lawyer now and I will be in court in 2014.
    Gordon A.Wright 1965-1971, Documents

  3. Kelly Ramsey
    December 22nd, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    It’s not only the wives who end up picking up the pieces. When the wives die, the families are left to care for the injured players. My mother took care of my father (“Rocket” Ray Ramsey) for more than ten years while he suffered through Alzheimer’s Disease. When she passed away, I spent the last seven years of his life providing him with round the clock care. Like the other players, my father made very little pay, and played for the love of the game. His highest paid year he earned $13,000. He played in the CFL, AFL, and the NFL for six years and what did he get? Very little money and 20 years of mind crippling Alzheimer’s Disease, along with the related problems. He passed away hardly knowing who he was, who his family was, and not a clue of what was happening to him. I hope the fight goes on to protect the past, current and future football players.

    Kelly Ramsey
    Son of Raymond Ramsey, NFL player 1947-1953

  4. Gordon A.Wright
    December 22nd, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    Kelly Ramsey Thanks for shedding light on who is left to care for broken Football Players. The whole truth is any person that is willing and able cares for the broken men. What about the men who died in abandoned buildings because no one cared to keep up with that former player. What I don’t understand is why their aren’t any Share the Care Respite/Home Health Aide Volunteers/Charitable Nursing Homes Just for Former Players in every state that benefits from All forms of Football revenue. To much talk and no actions. Some men believe they were born to serve in military, sports, police, firefighters name a few life altering Jobs but some of us wouldn’t do anything but what we chose to do. Their is risk in every aspect of any society. We apologize for the burden we are to the ones we love and the ones that love us back with deeds and not lip service.

  5. Kelly Ramsey
    December 30th, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Gordon: You’re right. Too much talk and not enough action. My father was a natural athlete, and used to tell me his favorite sport was the “one I was playing at the time.” He loved sports. When he retired from football, he went on to coach basketball, track, and football. He couldn’t stay away from it because it was what he excelled at. Although his last years were spent suffering from Alzheimer’s, my father’s final seven years with me were the best years of my life. Despite the disease, we had a lot of fun and made some priceless memories! You shouldn’t be the one apologizing for any burden. That burden was brought on by an entity other than you, who refused, and still refuses to admit the downfalls of playing in the NFL. They also fail to recognize the “big picture” of it all. The devastating picture of the damage done to the players and their families. I think someone owes all of you players an apology, not the other way around.

    Kelly Ramsey

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