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As a member of the retired players community of the NFL, I would like to thank you for this insightful article. I am sure you realize the amount of information that is available if pursued. The image of the wealthy professional athlete rarely applies to the thousands of NFL retired players who ended their careers prior to 1993. It is important to understand that both the NFL and the NFLPA reached an agreement in previous CBAs on how to address the issues of disability as it applies to their players and members. Quite frankly, it fails on so many levels to address in an affective manner the specific medical issues that the NFL player will face once his career is over. The degenerative damage caused by the business, which creates billions of dollars for owners and has made NFLPA leaders wealthy, has been swept under the rug until recently. The NFLPA, under its current structure, allocates hundreds of millions of dollars for additional monetized programs for active players, while underfunding the Pensions of those who built the league. All this is done while in partnership with the NFL in the administration of a disability plan that is grossly substandard.

Unions are not organized to make the men put in leadership wealthy but to serve the needs of its members. The NFLPA was found to have violated its fiduciary responsibility in the class action suit of Herb Adderley. Let's make it clear, the union leadership was caught stealing from it's members--yet as I write this note, there has never been an internal investigation into who was/is responsible for directing this crime. While DeMaurice Smith shouts "One team, one locker room," he has failed to purge from the union leadership, those responsible for the nearly $30 million in damages the courts saw fit to award. Roger Goodell, owners, De Smith and union leaders, the cat is out of the bag. You take men, use them until their bodies are permanently damaged and think you can kick them to the curb. Not anymore...