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  • Published: Jun 26th, 2014
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The NFL Pledges Unlimited $ but that is half of the story.

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Tonight on NNR Evan Weiner of NewJerseyNewsroom.com will join us to discuss the latest in the concussion law suits and other NFL issues. Join us at 6 PM EDT on www.justin.tv/papaburl or fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

I congratulate the NFL for stepping up to tell the world and the retired players that they will spend whatever it takes to provide the healthcare the players need. But the promise to pay is half of the issue. The other half is how the agreement will be implemented.

Unfortunately, the history of the NFL caring for their retired players is bleak at best. As I have argued before, the retired players have no representation in negotiations between the NFL and NFLPA. Former NFLPA head Gene Upshaw admitted that he was only representing the current players.

As a result, even when retired players got some crumbs off the table, the NFL and NFLPA made it nearly impossible for the players in need to actually qualify for the help they needed. The league and players association have installed middle men that were paid based on how little money they dispensed.

If the same type of “pay for no pay” system is part of this settlement, things for those in need will be no better. The NFL should set up a committee of medical doctors and retirees to determine which players deserve and need help. The retirees should include players from the pre-93 group. Those players both receive less in retirement pay and are older and more in need of medical help.

The bottom line is the Courts need to approve not only the final settlement but also the system that will make decisions about who gets the help and how much medical support is to be awarded. If the issue is left to the NFL and NFLPA, things will not be better for the players that need the support.

The NFL is a billion dollar a year business that was built on the backs of the retired players. Not only do the retirees deserve medical help, they have earned the right to get it. If those players had not given their bodies to the game, pro football would not be the financial goldmine it is today.

I will continue to report on what the NFL does and how it administers the program. Fryingpansports will not let the issue die.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

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Life After the Game: Keys to Post-NFL Success by Don Davey

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Our friend, Don Davey is an ex-NFL player and champion for retired NFL players.  Don played 8 seasons for the Packers and Jags.  He will join us on the News, Notes and Rumors show on Tuesday June 12 at 6:00 PM EDT.  Here is an article I felt was important to share with you from Don.

Life After the Game: Keys to Post-NFL Success

By Don Davey

I spent nine wonderful seasons in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars until retiring with a knee injury in 2000. I have spent the past twelve years re-defining myself as an entrepreneur, husband, father, friend, brother, son, athlete, and philanthropist. This transition has challenged me financially, emotionally, socially, intellectually, physically, and spiritually. I freely admit that I struggled with it for a long time and, truth be told, even after twelve years, I still struggle from time to time.

During this time I have watched literally hundreds of my former teammates and opponents go through the same transition. Some have handled it very well…but most have not. Below is a list of the most common mistakes I have witnessed over the years, some of which I have made myself:

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Dave Pear, former Raider, announces IFV-TV.

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This is a reprint of Dave Pear’s blog post of 4/18.  We thank him for appearing on NNR several times.  We also thank him for all the work he and others have done to help those that built the NFL to the 10 billion dollar a year business it has become.

View the conference live at .

First of all, we want to thank every one of our readers for their patience. We’ve been intentionally quiet in holding back until the last minute to announce more about our Second Annual Independent Football Veterans Conference coming up this weekend in Las Vegas. A lot of our readers have been checking in and many of you (friends and others) have been anxiously looking for more details on our panel discussion topics.

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  • Published: Dec 8th, 2011
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Tonight on the radio version of News, Notes and Rumors

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We welcome Neal Coolong Steeler beat writer for Behind the Steel Curtain and Yahoo Sports to preview the Browns game tonight.

Then Dave Pear well known NFL blogger joins me to bring us up to date on the status of lawsuits by retired NFL players to get the health benefits they deserve.

Finally, Dactar will join us to preview the Browns game.  We will end the show right at 7:30 then encourage everyone to switch over to his site http://www.blogtv.com/People/dactar  for his pregame show.

Also be sure to join Dactar for his Browns Pre-game show 45 minutes before kickoff.  Then for in game
chat, join Mr. Moohead and me on http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/ and stay tuned for his half time and post-game analysis (and rant if the team loses or plays poorly which is too often the case).

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball,
done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits
http://fryingpansports.com and was a senior writer for . He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at  http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He edits .  

 

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