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Another inside look at how the NFLPA functions at its core particularly when it comes to retired players: Bruce Laird spent many years alongside Sam Havrilak as officers of the local chapter for the NFLPA in Baltimore. And during many of those years, Bruce and his fellow alumni also ran Fourth and Goal, a nonprofit and advocacy group for retired players which managed to provide assistance to those players in need. Now that George Martin’s NFL Alumni has been marginalized, it seems that the NFLPA only recently noticed that Bruce and Sam have been running Fourth and Goal while also working within their Baltimore chapter! Hard to tell if the PA is trying to clean house now that the Alumni is gone or if they only just realized that Bruce and Sam have been voicing their opinions for years about the real plight of retired players. Perhaps Gene Upshaw stopped by to remind them…
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Mikey Will Eat Anything!

29 September 2010

EDITOR’S NOTE: Retired Bengal and Buccaneer Tony Davis just addressed some additional comments to Nolan Harrison III – and the NFLPA – on their current proposal for a Legacy Fund. Tony addresses more facts and issues that need to be discussed now rather than AFTER the CBA negotiations and contract are finalized. Each time a CBA was negotiated in the past, retired players were always kept in the dark regarding details and serious pension and disability reform never came about. It’s time to have a public dialog… NOW!

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Most of you have been following our recent coverage on the missing Severance Pay that more and more retired players have come to realize that they’ve never received. The NFLPA has just put together an outline of steps that former players can follow on Severance Pay. Andre Collins, Director for Player Benefits, submitted these instructions this morning.

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