Last Saturday, Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure left East Lansing, Michigan with a couple of his old college buddies to do an Easy Rider run all the way down to Mexico. They’re making this run to help raise money for the Shinsky Orphanage in Mexico and that’s their final destination: Matamoros, Mexico, where the new orphanage building and complex will be constructed. They’re still accepting donations on per-mile or one-time contributions. (Click HERE to read about the Shinsky Orphanage and their noble work and to donate.) It’s all tax-deductible and be sure to check out some of the cool enticements for donors.

You can follow Joe & Co.’s real-time progress online by going HERE (or click on the map to get an update). continue reading »

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Bob Grant

To those folks who are pulling against the upcoming Independent Retired Players Summit, many of whom are with the NFLPA Golf Tournament down in Palm Springs, you don’t have to call anyone to see how it is coming along. I will bring you up to speed now.

We have already exceeded the number of retired attendees that we started out hoping for. More are still coming in every day. We haven’t waived a registration Fee that we never had and we’re not offering those who are attending the Summit any coupons or a gift of a membership fee to any organization because there’s no group or organization for them to purchase a membership from. Attending Advocates are, of course, free to make any presentation that they would like to. We are not requiring any Advocate to agree with any other on any matter. What the Retired Players feel and think are what is most important to me.

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Fiduciary Duty

25 April 2009

DeMaurice Smith

Over the past 25+ years, Dave and his fellow retired players have consistently emphasized the fiduciary responsibilities of their Union, the NFLPA, and its management to those retired members who have contributed to make the game what it is today. So it was a great leap forward from the Gene “I don’t work for them” Upshaw era just to hear new Executive Director DeMaurice Smith quoted yesterday at a press conference in New York from his first players’ meetings. The new Executive Director was quoted as saying that the NFLPA has a fiduciary duty to its retired players. continue reading »

Bob Grant

In Defense of DeMaurice Smith

The information that came in across the “wire” earlier today was crazy. I have no idea as to whether Dee is ever going to work with the Independent Retired Player Advocates or not but I will support him in his demand for respect from the NFLPA.

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Bernie Parrish

4/17/2009
Subject: Madden not paying retired players while collecting over $100 million in royalties off the retired players’ backs – Did Madden scramble your identity to keep from paying you?

The retired NFL players who were used in Madden EA video games will be suing Madden and EA for using us in those games without compensating us. Madden’s agent Sandy Montag boasts he and Madden collected over $100,000,000 in royalties while paying the retired NFL players used in those games absolutely nothing. Madden knows that the ugly truthful litigation is coming and is probably factoring that into his retirement. I doubt he wants to answer all those fans who will be asking, “Why, John Madden? Why did you screw all those retired players over, you seemed like such a friendly, good-natured buffoon?”

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As most retired football players will wholeheartedly agree, getting qualified to receive benefits from the NFLPA/NFL’s Bell/Rozelle NFL Retirement Plan is a lot like winning the Lotto: If you win, you win big; but your chances qualifying are like a snowball’s chance in Hell.

snowball-hell

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It looks like the NFLPA is realizing that more retired players may end up going to the First Annual Independent Retired Football Players Summit (to be held in Las Vegas) than they’re expecting at the annual Retired Players Convention (to be held in Palm Springs) this year at the end of May this year again. So to make up for the fact that there’s no fee to attend The Summit, the NFLPA is now generously offering to waive your registration fee giving you savings of up to $300 a couple! They’ll even pay your next year’s dues to save you another $100!

But it’s not the cost of registration that’s prohibitive. Read our earlier post about the cost of attending one of their meetings in Palm Springs (click HERE). continue reading »

2009 NFLPA Directory Cover

I just received my new semi-annual NFLPA Retired Members Directory for 2009 – 2011 so I thought it might be interesting to share the introductory pages with everyone. These guys must have some of the fastest printers in the country: This edition came hot off the press complete with DeMaurice Smith already listed as Executive Director. (More on this shortly…)

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More Summit Details

15 April 2009
New York Times - Concussions

New York Times - Concussions

Among the important subjects to be discussed at The Retired Players Summit: Head Trauma, Concussions and Brain Injuries. The New York Times’ Alan Schwarz started a long series on concussions in 2007 and the stories continue (click HERE to see a list of some of those articles). We just received more details this morning from Bob Grant:

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Imagine…

13 April 2009

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Dear NFL Retired Players,

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Details on the Summit

5 April 2009

We just posted a special new section under a new tab titled The Summit (click the Summit tab above or click HERE) to be held in Las Vegas May 29 – 31. Read all the details on how to register and reserve your hotel room at the South Point Hotel at a special Retired Players Summit rate. We’ve also posted the agenda for the Summit there. All media are also welcome!

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We thought this may have been an April Fools Day joke but there it was on the NFL Alumni online store (buy one by clicking right HERE). Get your very own $150 money clip right now – and check out that nice wad of hundreds! You gotta love it! (Click to enlarge.)

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The New Boss

22 March 2009

DeMaurice Smith

Seven long months after the sudden departure of Gene Upshaw, the NFLPA finally selected DeMaurice Smith as its new Executive Director at its Annual Meeting in Hawaii last week. Few of you could have missed all the recent coverage on the run-up to the election including all of the sideline drama on some of the candidates like Troy Vincent.

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All the news from the Annual NFLPA meeting in Maui has been focused entirely on the election of DeMaurice Smith as its new Executive Director. We’ll be posting some commentary about that shortly. In the meantime, here are some details now emerging on business-as-usual from that same meeting. Oh – and in case you didn’t know, the retired players have no true representation whatsoever: No seats on the Board or the Steering Committee and absolutely NO votes.

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A Tale of Two Cities

13 March 2009

PRICELESS!

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