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.

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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/.

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  • Published: Jul 28th, 2011
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Starting Monday we return to our normal time 6-8 PM EDT

On our last 7-9 PM EDT show we have Warren Shearing Exec. Editor of PROFOOTBALLZONE.com joins me at 7:20 to talk about free agency and what the 2011 NFL season looks like.

At 8:20 Hall of Fame DE Carl Eller joins me to talk about the NFL CBA deal and how it impacts retired players.

Join us on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ or http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.

You can be part of the show by calling the Herbalife Hot Line provided by Drew Elkins at 216-539-0607.  If you mention you heard about Mr. Elkins on NNR he will give you a discount on your first order.  Call him at 614-906-2321.

Please also visit Mr. Eller’s group website and sign up for the free newsletter.

Also please visit http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/nfl_retiree_rightsandbenefits/ and let the NFL and NFLPA know how you feel about the needs of the retired players.  Thank you in advance.

For replays of recent shows, check out archives of our shows on the VoiceBase player at https://fryingpansports.com/ .

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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  • Published: Jul 23rd, 2011
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At 6:20 PM EDT all pro K Garo Yepremian joins me to talk about his NFL years and the program he started to fight brain
cancer.

 

At 7:00 Hall of Fame DE Carl Eller joins us to tell us what the proposed NFL CBA does for the retired players.

Join us on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ or http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.

You can be part of the show by calling the Herbalife
Hot Line provided by Drew Elkins at 216-539-0607.  If you mention you heard about Mr. Elkins on
NNR he will give you a discount on your first order.  Call him at 614-906-2321.

Please also visit Mr. Eller’s group website and sign up for the free newsletter.

Also please visit http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/nfl_retiree_rightsandbenefits/ and let the NFL and NFLPA know how you feel about the needs
of the retired players.  Thank you in
advance.

 

For replays of recent shows, check out archives of
our shows on the VoiceBase player at https://fryingpansports.com/ .

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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  • Published: Jul 20th, 2011
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At 6:20 PM EDT Samantha Burton Indians beat writer for the Bleacher Report  talks about potential trades, the injuries and the team’s chances for the second half of the season.

At 7:20 I will replay the interview with Hall of Fame NFL DE Carl Eller.  Mr. Eller will join us live soon to talk about the 1 billion dollars included in the proposed CBA and his meetings with the NFL and NFLPA on behalf of the retired players this week.

Please also visit Mr. Eller’s group website http://retiredplayers.org/ and sign up for the free newsletter. 

Also please visit http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/nfl_retiree_rightsandbenefits/   and let the NFL and NFLPA know how you feel about the needs of the retired players.

Thank you in advance.

Join us on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ or http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.

You can be part of the show by calling the Herbalife Hot Line provided by Drew Elkins at 216-539-0607.  If you mention you heard about Mr. Elkins on NNR he will give you a discount on your first order.  Call him at 614-906-2321.

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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  • Published: Jul 14th, 2011
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Tonight at 6:15 PM EDT I am honored to have Hall of Fame NFL Star DE Carl Eller on the show.  Mr. Eller led the Purple People Eater Defense to 4 Super Bowl appearances including #4, 8, 9 and 11.  He is the lead plaintiff in the suit against the NFL and NFLPA on behalf of the retired players.

We will discuss his great career as well as the challenges and needs of retired NFL players for both a reasonable retirement income as well as critical health care issues.

Please take the time to check out the petition to the NFL and NFLPA to encourage them to do the right thing and take care of the men that built the league that both owners and players now profit from so handsomely.  The petition can be found at

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/nfl_retiree_rightsandbenefits/ .

 

At 7:20 Tim Bielik of the Lorain Morning Journal Newspaper joins me to talk about the OSU Pants-gate investigation and the Buckeye prospects for 2011.

 

Join us on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ or http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.

You can be part of the show by calling the Herbalife Hot Line provided by Drew Elkins at 216-539-0607.  If you mention you heard about Mr. Elkins on NNR he will give you a discount on your first order.  Call him at 614-906-2321.

 

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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  • Published: Jul 13th, 2011
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SBurton

At 6:20 PM EDT Samantha Burton Indians beat writer for the Bleacher Report to talk me off the ledge about the Tribe’s fall and the team’s chances for the second half of the season.

At 7:20 Paul Banks of Chicago Sports Guru and owner of the SportsBank.com joins me to talk about the NFL and NBA.

Tomorrow at 6:15 PM EDT I am honored to have Hall of Fame NFL Star DE Carl Eller on the show.  Mr. Eller led the Purple People Eater Defense to 4 Super Bowl appearances including #4, 8, 9 and 11.  He is the lead plaintiff in the suit against the NFL and NFLPA on behalf of the retired players.

Please take the time to check out the petition to the NFL and NFLPA to encourage them to do the right thing and take care of the men that built the league that both owners and players now profit from so handsomely.  The petition can be found at

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/nfl_retiree_rightsandbenefits/ .

Join us on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ or http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.

You can be part of the show by calling the Herbalife Hot Line provided by Drew Elkins at 216-539-0607.  If you mention you heard about Mr. Elkins on NNR he will give you a discount on your first order.  Call him at 614-906-2321.

 

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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