May 24th, 2014 at 5:24 am #
Once again we see that if the NFL treated its retired players properly (health benefits; livable pension, accessible disability system) they would not be facing the flood of lawsuits.
May 25th, 2014 at 1:59 pm #
The first year with the Oakland Raiders,(1962) Cotton was hit in the trowing motion during a game. The hit was enough to cause him limited use but shots of cortisone made him able to play the next Sunday and many Sundays to follow. . As a result he has had three shoulder surgeries. He has very limited use of each arm above the elbow height. There was no explanation of deterioration of bone from those injections.
May 25th, 2014 at 3:07 pm #
The number of lawsuits filed by retired players against the NFL/league continues to grow. Too bad NFL for being so Greedy and harsh toward the men who made the league what it is today. The NFL has no respect for life, family or the history of the game!
Pro bowl 1978
Super Bowl XV
May 25th, 2014 at 11:10 pm #
The NFL is the most greedy [$$$] Antitrust and “NON-PROFIT” Government protected Corporation in the U. S. I am tired of seeing our elected and appointed Washington D.C. Lawmakers, enjoying themselves while drinking champagne in Danny Snyder’s Private “Lounges” during Redskins [what a duragatory name] . President Obama say something!!
The Active Players and our historically inefficient Union have to not only learn from Former Player’s stories of mistakes and abuse, but actively become aggressive in our fight for JUSTICE. The Active Player are no different than we were and are subjected to the same ass-biting pressure to perform, that they will do anything to keep their position on the Field. If they were honest, they would come out with the usage of H.G.O. and steroids. You don’t get that BIG and RIPPED without them. Ask body builders who are competing “straight”.
The NFL does not test for H.G.O. There are medical tests readily available. The Union is acting against the best interest of the Players by resisting the test. Apparently, they are trying to reach some type of compromise or agreement – GOOD LUCK !
We have QBs weighing in more than Offensive and Defensive Lineman in the 70′s. We lifted weights hard and some of us took steroids, periodically. But today, they have it Medically supervised to cycle into a rotation where no tests will reveal anything. The NFL tells them when they will be tested.
We now hear of injuries that never existed in our game. Torn Biceps??? Torn Triceps?? Achillies and Hamstring tears weekly. Ask any Ortho Dr. why these are occurring – too much muscle mass strain on the tendons and joints. H.G.O.
A Union protecting their Players? What a joke. Drew Brees as their puppet spokesman. My God, I give up.
RICK HAYES – L.A. RAMS 1974-76 [Final Contract Awarded by Litigation]
Proud Member of U.of W. Former Players and Alumni
May 26th, 2014 at 2:11 am #
I’m with you Dave! Greed is what the NFL is. People and their lives have no importance to the wealthy owners. Just their almighty pocketbook!
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