We’ve got some news and thoughts that have come in from two of the retirees out there and felt it would be best to share it with everyone here in one post. . This past year, Larry Kaminski has been going through the California Workers Compensation process to gain access to his disability benefits. .continue reading »
A quick update from Shannon Jordan on Gordon and Dora Wright in Florida: . Thank you to Joe Muley, Keith Ledford and Greg Deardorff at Carrier Enterprises for donating the HVAC unit. Thank you to George at Frank Gay Plumbing for installing and thank you to Kevin Worthy on our Gridiron Greats team for getting us in contact with Carrier. We were able to get this new unit for Gordon and Dora in less than a week after waiting for a full year! Attached is a video from Dora Wright getting her unit installed right now.
God Bless you all! . Shannon Jordan
President Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund
(847) 509-3086 office . Dora used her cell phone to show their old air conditioner being removed and the new one being installed by the good folks at Frank Gay Plumbing from Orlando. We wish it was this easy to change things out at the NFL and the NFLPA! .
To Any And Everyone Who Cares About NFL Players Who Built The AFL/NFL .
My name is Glendora Wright and I am the Primary Caregiver of Gordon Arnold Wright. In March 2005, Gordon started to lose his memory. He had a brain scan and the Neurologist said he had visible evidence of scar tissue in the Brain and that there were four distinct areas where there was bleeding and then healing. I informed him that Gordon had been in the NFL as an Offensive Guard from 1967 through 1971 in the capacity as a National Football Player. The Neurologist told me that Gordon needed treatment at that time and that I should apply for Total Disability! .
The Hospital released Gordon Arnold Wright into my care with medical documentation saying he was Totally Disabled. I then spent a solid year caring for Gordon with no financial support from anyone. I was told I had to wait 24 months to receive Medicare on his behalf. I applied for Social Security and was denied because Gordon had worked for the United States Railroad for eleven years of his work life. The Railroad gave Gordon his full disability one year after I applied and took Gordon to all the Doctor Appointments they scheduled for Him. I applied with the NFL to help Gordon and I have been denied in every application for a vested Pension & Disability from 2005 through 2010. I put in an application on his behalf every year and I was denied every time. .
I am 52 years old and Gordon is 67 years old. I am tired and worn out trying to care for Gordon by myself. .
I have not had a vacation in 10 Years because I cannot leave Gordon alone.
He asks me the same question three times in less than 30 minutes.
If you tell him to repeat what you say to him he cannot do it.
If he puts a book down he cannot remember where he left it.
He has started to get verbally abusive because he misplaces things and accuses me of doing it.
I Love Gordon and I would not do anything to hurt him!
I bathe him. I braid his Hair. I help him get dressed. I give him manicures and pedicures. I massage him every day because he is in physical pain constantly. Every three hours he asks for pain medicine. I feed him mostly soups in order for his bowels to move. The pain medications slow his digestive system so he has to take laxatives three times per day.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Gordon Wright played for four seasons: 1967 – 1968 for the Philadelphia Eagles and then 1969 – 1971 for the New York Jets. Like most retired players, Gordon’s been trying to access his full disability and pension benefits for years now and it’s finally reached the courts.