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 … Read more at FryingPanSports