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AFL Star Abner Haynes is a great roll model.

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I have had the great pleasure and honor of having Abner Haynes on News, Notes & Rumors many times over the 5 years that the show has been on. Abner brings a combination of honesty and great sense of history to NNR. But there are a number of things that most fans that did not have the pleasure of watching him play don’t know. Being older than rock myself, I fondly remember watching Abner play.

He signed with the Dallas Texans of the AFL in 1960 having been drafted by the AFL, NFL and CFL. As a black man from a small school, he faced racism and the doubt he could play at the professional level. But from day 1 he proved he was up to the challenge. In 1960 he gained over 800 yards rushing and caught 55 passes for 576 yards. Most important he scored 12 touchdowns as a rookie. He was not only the rookie of the year but also won the player of the year in the AFL after the 1960 season.

But he proved his metal when the AFL scheduled their All Star game in New Orleans. Abner led the revolt of the minority players that prevented the league from going to a city that flaunted racism with misplaced pride. He and his fellow players forced the league to move the game to a more racially friendly location.

Abner is not only a former football star, he is a pillar in the community. He heads up the Heroes of Football organization (@footballsheroes on Twitter) that is dedicated to bringing justice to the former players and focus to the youth interested in the game. He has spent much of his time working with kids to give them a love of learning as well as football that will help them for their entire lives.

I consider myself very fortunate to have Abner as a friend. He is currently fighting a very serious disease with courage and a sense of humor that have been hallmarks of his life. He deserves our prayers for a complete recovery.

I am proud to call Abner Haynes my friend. The world and the US are a much better places having had men like Abner among their citizens.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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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 https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

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Former AFL player Abner Haynes joins us on News, Notes & Rumors tonight at 6 EST!

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Abner is one of the best guests we have had on the show. We will discuss the Wells report/Martin issue , Black History month, and his current efforts to help local children become successful adults.

 

I am sure you will find him interesting and thought provoking. Please join us. Thanks.

 

 

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or the archive of the shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Monday Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I discuss the results of the weekend. Thursday shows alternate between NFL Draft and basketball. On Friday Tony Williams Giants beat writer for Metro New York joins Samantha and me to preview the upcoming games.

 

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 https://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits .

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Tonight on the radio version of News, Notes and Rumors

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Jeffrey B. Bregel of All American Sports joins us to talk about sports collectables and give you an estimate of the value of some of your collectables.

 

AFL Star RB Abner Hayes joins us to talk about the injuries to retired NFL players, the efforts to get proper health care, Bountygate and the legal issues with the NFL and NFLPA.

 

Evan Silva Rotoworld/PFTalk NBC Sports joins us to answer your questions about the upcoming season and which players will be steals in fantasy football.

 

Our NNR Sportsims.net football league will start in June.  The league is free to our listeners and readers.  Email me at [email protected] to register.  The draft order will be determined by the date of registration.

 

 

NNR at 6PM EDT follows the Moohead show at 5PM on http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.  Press the Green arrow at 6 for NNR.

 

 

The archive of the show is available the following day at https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

 

Be part of the show by calling our SportSims.com hotline at 216-539-0607.

 

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 https://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/.

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Monday on the radio version of News, Notes and Rumors

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Monday is our contribution to the annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday.

Cleveland sports legend Bob Karlovec joins me to talk about the Browns and Cavs.

Then NFL all-star  Abner Haynes joins us to talk about Dr. King’s impact on sports and the NFL.

Nolan Vasan of NFLDraftGeek.com and I talk about the NFL Draft.

NNR at 6PM EST follows the Moohead show at 5PM.

Join Mr. Moohead  on http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/ after early Cavs games for his post-game chat.

Also join Tubbydawg Saturday night at 8 PM EST for his show on http://www.blogtv.com/people/tubbydawg

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 https://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/.

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Heroes of Football Mission Statement

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Abner Haynes’

Heroes of Football

Mission Statement

 Abner Haynes invites you to become a Member of the Abner Haynes Heroes of Football
Organization. For over 20 years our Founder and Chairman Abner Haynes Sr. has
been on the front line fighting for fair and equitable treatment for retired NFL
football players and their families. After years of witnessing the unfavorable
outcomes of great men who built the game of professional football Mr. Haynes
could not sit on the sideline quietly any longer. Mr. Haynes established The
Heroes of Football to assist those in need as well as to bring groups together
who are natural allies. The retired players, the fans, the children,
the elderly, the military. Together along with the corporate and
non-profit communities we continue to make a positive difference in many
lives.We have adopted a Mission Statement and are committed to working with
charities and non-profit organizations in a wide variety of areas. The Heroes of
Football also take very seriously it’s role in being an advocate for those who
can’t defend themselves such as children, and the elderly. In pursuit of that
goal we hold summer camps for the kids, visit childrens hospitals as well as
assisted living facilities. The Heroes sponsor golf tournaments, fishing
tournaments. health screenings and our annual Heroes Awards Banquet. The Heroes
also have a special relationship with the military, lifting wounded soldiers
spirit’s with hospital visits. We have also participated in many “Welcome Home”
events for the troops coming home from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

This is the beginning of a process that will invite all retired players to join our
program of helping others and helping ourselves and our families by telling our
stories on the Internet.

Our Founder and Chairman Abner Haynes Sr. believes that every former player has an
important story that needs to be told and we are the unbiased vehicle that
players can use to tell their story, their way.

These stories are important to many communities and people of different ages and
backgrounds. All of the stories are true, about football and life in America
over much of the last century. Most NFL veterans will never be voted into the
Hall of Fame because the system is not designed to praise many. The Hall of Fame
is designed to praise a chosen few selected by people who never played in the
NFL.

Within Abner Haynes Heroes of Football, there is room for all who have played. All
former players deserve recognition and, now, through Abner Haynes Heroes of
Football we will tell our own stories on the Internet and beyond.

Please consider joining us and we encourage you to invite your friends.

This is reprinted with permission of Mr. Haynes.  We here at FPS support his group and its goals of brining fair retirement and medical help to the retired NFL players who built the league.

 

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 is a senior writer for http://NFLDraftDog.comand edits https://fryingpansports.com. He
has also published several novels on

and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.
Also listen to the best Sports Talk anywhere on the Internet and hear
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The Retired players declare independence from the NFLPA.

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The history of how the NFL and NFLPA have treated the retired players is replete with cases of indifference and neglect.  It was great players like Hall of Fame DE Carl Eller that built the league to the point that the players and owners were able to argue over 9.3 billion dollars in revenue.

And yet most men that built the game are struggling economically.  Even Hall of Fame players that retired before 1979 get just $ 200 per month from their pension.   The pension is based on a percentage of what the player earned while active.  Before 1979 most players were paid very little.  Unlike Social Security, there was no adjustment for inflation in those pensions.  As a result, they did not change despite the declining buying power of the dollar.

To make the situation worse, virtually all of these men have lingering physical problems as a result of the injuries sustained by violence of the game.  Just in the last few years the public has become aware of the mental issues resulting from multiple concussions, a very widespread problem with players that affect their entire lives. 

To make the situation worse, the process of claiming medical benefits has been made as difficult as possible.  The red tape and length of the process has saved money at the expense of the people the fund was supposed to benefit.

The NFLPA has claimed that they represent the retired players as well.  But up to the most recent CBA, the needs of the retired players were all but ignored.

Despite the multi-million dollar salaries that the current players get the plight of the retired players has gone unnoticed by most fans.  In support of his fellow retirees Mr. Eller filed a suit against both the NFL and NFLPA to address the needs of those that built the league at the expense of their bodies.  The efforts of Mr. Eller, AFL great Abner Haynes, Hall of Fame player and coach Mike Ditka and others directly led to the owners and union agreeing on an increase in the fund as part of the new CBA.   

These groups of retired players are now asking to administer the fund.  They have declared their independence from the NFLPA in the document copied below.

In addition you can help the effort by signing the petition you find at

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Let the league and union know where you stand.  These men gave their all for the game and the fans.  It is time that the game gave them something back.

Join us at 6-8 PM EDT M-F on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ or http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.

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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 is a senior writer for and edits https://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He edits .

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