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Dan Pastorini feels let down by NFL, NFLPA

Posted on: August 31, 2011 8:26 am
Dan Pastorini is upset with the way he feels been treated by the NFL and the NFLPA (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Dan Pastorini is mad. He’s mad at the NFL owners. He’s mad at the NFL Players Association. And he’s mad at Drew Brees.

“F--- Drew Brees,” Pastorini said.

Pastorini is mad at the way he feels he and his former NFL compatriots have been treated, and though Brees isn’t the true villain in this movie, he’s also an easy target for something he said two years ago.

Pastorini looks at the new CBA deal and figures out how much more money he’ll receive as a player who retired before 1993. He remembers how much he made when he was playing quarterback for the Oilers, Rams, Raiders and Eagles from 1971-82. Then, he thinks about the NFL Players Association and the NFL owners -- and the labor fight for which he couldn’t participate -- and his blood boils.

He gets mad, really mad, and he lets loose on a rant in which he places blame on both sides who he believes simply doesn’t care about the men who helped build the NFL into what it is today.

The $620 million “Legacy Fund” added to the new CBA for the players who retired before 1993 that will be used to increase pensions? And the $300 million in other benefits, including those for health? It’s simply not good enough for Pastorini. Not good enough for how much he says he sacrificed.

“I’m going to get an extra $1,000 a month. Big f------ deal,” the 62-year-old Pastorini told recently. “I think it’s a travesty the way they treat the older players. I’m part of that group. They’re throwing us a bone with the $620 million. By the time they get to a new CBA after 10 years, they won’t have to worry about us pre-93er’s. It’s sad, but it’s their M.O. They want to wait for us to die.

“What they’re talking about now is to give us a bone and to shut us up. It’s just wrong. It’s damn wrong. And the players association is just as greedy as the owners are, if not more so. The players don’t go to bat for us, which makes us ashamed.”

And what Brees said in 2009 when discussing retired players who complained about their benefits -- as recounted here by’s Mike Freeman -- really upsets Pastorini.

“There's some guys out there that have made bad business decisions,” Brees said then. “They took their pensions early because they never went out and got a job. They've had a couple divorces and they're making payments to this place and that place. And that's why they don't have money. And they're coming to us to basically say, 'Please make up for my bad judgment.' In that case, that's not our fault as players."

It might have seemed Brees was talking directly to Pastorini, who’s had to declare bankruptcy twice and has been divorced after ending his one-time Pro Bowl career. Clearly, Pastorini feels that Brees -- who is making $7.4 million this year and could be the next quarterback to win a $90 million contract -- made it personal.

“My first year’s salary was $25,000, then $30,000, then $35,000,” Pastorini said. “These guys make my first contract in a game. Look at (former NFLPA executive director) Gene Upshaw and what he left his wife when he died? How did he leave her $15 million? They’ve been screwing us from day one. My pension was $1,100 a month, then $1,200, then $1,400, and now it’ll be $1,750. No medical, no disability -- $1700 doesn’t even pay for my rent.”

Not surprisingly, the NFL has a slightly different opinion.

Said NFL spokesman Greg Aiello in a statement to “We respectfully disagree with Dan.” The NFLPA declined comment on the issue.

But let’s look at the other side of the story. Before the newest CBA, the Legacy Fund didn’t exist. The NFL and the NFLPA are both contributing at least $300 million over the next 10 years to add more money for former players. If it’s $1,000 more a month for a retiree, that’s $1,000 more than that former player had before.

And though Brees’ statement continues to backfire on him and the union, those close to Brees says he was one of the retired players’ biggest advocates in trying to give back to the players who came before him -- and to get everybody to understand the importance of doing so. Witness a radio interview he gave last April to XX 1090 in San Diego.

“I know that I’m fighting for so many people here, for former players in the form of improving their pensions and disability benefits to take care of those guys that built this game for us and future players too,” he said. “To be honest with you, this is one of those things that when a settlement is reached, that settlement is something that I’m probably never going to benefit from. It’s guys before me, it’s guys that are going to come after me. So for me, there’s so many guys that made sacrifices before us to make this game better.”

Dan Pastorini with Bum Phillips, Wade Phillips and Bob McNair (Getty). Pastorini (second from the left in the photo to the left) has good reason to want better medical benefits as well. With so much newly emerging information about chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Pastorini is worried that he’s going to be suffering from the dementia-like condition if he lives long enough.

“I’ve been to clinics. I’ve been put on vitamin regimens. I find myself not remembering people’s names,” said Pastorini, who said he sustained at least a dozen concussions when he played. “I’ll go to the kitchen for a cup of coffee, and I can’t remember why I went in there. It’s possible I have that. I won’t know until they cut my brain open.”

Pastorini isn’t alone in his thoughts. During Super Bowl week in Dallas, the NFL Alumni held a press conference that featured former players who were fighting -- and outspoken in their demand -- for better pension benefits and long-term health care.

But in reality, what can the NFL and the NFLPA say to fully satisfy the league’s alumni? Probably nothing, and to their credit, both sides feel like they’ve tried to improve the conditions for the retirees. But to Pastorini, it’s just not good enough.

“There’s a lot of greed in this business,” Pastorini said. “We’re the guys on the outside looking in, and we’re never going to be compensated for what we do. We built the game, and these guys should be kissing our ass now. But they’re not.”

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:51 pm

Dan Pastorini feels let down by NFL, NFLPA

Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 5:26 pm

Dan Pastorini feels let down by NFL, NFLPA

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Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2011 4:31 pm

Dan Pastorini feels let down by NFL, NFLPA

Waaaa Waaaaa,..Cry me the '7' seas,..PastorWEENIE.
You FAILED in life.
On the field and in $ management.
Hardly anybody even remembers who you were nor do they care.
You have just lost a TON of respect by the PINT sized fan base that remembers you playing in leather helmets.
You'll never be the class of Drew Brees.
Brees,Manning, Brady,Rothlisberger, and Romo will all retire and live a good life after football unlike you.
You'll just go the way of morons like Terrell Owens and Pac Man Jones and become broke.

Brees > PastorWEENIE.

Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:07 pm

Dan Pastorini feels let down by NFL, NFLPA

Hey Danny boy , it is not the players fault, you had a failed business and had to pay off two ex wife's .... Sorry guys but I don't feel sorry for any of these ex players they got paid handsomely when they paid ( made more money in their carreers than most of us will make in a lifetime) and come he can't pay the rent with 1700 a. Month. , how about getting a cheaper apartment , why are ex athletes and even current ones so stupid over money ? They think the gravy train will never end

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:47 am

Dan Pastorini feels let down by NFL, NFLPA

in response to ceos, players, former players, "earnings", and "entitlement".

there is plenty of corruption among ceos and leaders of all types. therefore, in a lot of cases earnings aren't earned in every case. some earnings are recieved based on false promises and trickery. there are a ton of underpaid people in the world. there are also overpaid people in the world, but that number is far less.

no one is entitled to anything. whether a ceo deserves his/her salary is irrelevent. it is what it is. you can't change it. in most cases these people have at least eanred an education or in some way proven something to someone down the line. is the pay scale out of whack? sure, but what difference does it make. as one poster said earlier, "figure out a way to earn yourself more money." preferably legally and without screwing over others.

pastorini can take the same advice. he needs to figure out a way to earn more money. too bad the pension sucked. it's better than no pension. that's what i've got ahead of me currently. so, i'm investing in ira's, 401ks, and stocks in an effort to avoid what he's going through.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: September 6, 2011 11:38 am

Dan Pastorini feels let down by NFL, NFLPA you're the last Oiler fan...I wonder were you went. As far as working for Goldman...nope...but I do know an awful lot about business. FACT: Pastorini's era DID NOT give a rats-rear-end about legacy players, now he complains about not "getting his"...proving he's just another selfish player he now complains about. The game you talk of being your genisis was just that, YOUR genisis. It wasn't until the mid-80s that the game started rapid growth--TV package (420 million/yr), by the mid '90s (1.1 billion/yr) to the present figure of over 3 BILLION/yr.  So live in the past, defend the indefensible and dream of the days of Bum and I'll take my Saints and Drew anytime...they not only "kicked down the door", they walked through and took home the Lombardi.  But do not fret...THIS just might be the year the Texans FINALLY make the playoffs...or not.  

Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: September 6, 2011 10:59 am

Dan Pastorini feels let down by NFL, NFLPA

Nonsense! Remember the 1979 AFC Championship game? Psstorini, the first QB to wear a flak jacket because hs ribs were so beat, throws a clear lat 4th quarter TD to Renfro which would have tied the game. This was the type of excitement that genererated a buzz among Americans at that time that expanded the popularity of the NFL It only grew bigger and more popular because of what went on in the 70's. The dudes that layed back then, they were the one's responsible for making the NFL so popular in America. IT STARTED WEITH THEM!

Pastorini was one of the toughest QB's to ever have played the game moron. He had the greatest RB of all time (Earl Campbel) in his backfield but not much of an O line. You start making comments denigrating comments about Pastorini, I promise you I will hound your comments until the day I die. It starts today. You have some balls talking about pastorini in this way. I have WAY more respect and admiration for Pastorini than I do for Mr. do goody good Drew Brees at this point. Not that I don't like or respect Brees, but Pastorini was a true MAN of his time. A man's man, so to speak. 

Lastly and most importantly, HE'S RIGHT!!! Players like Pastorini are due at least twice the amount they currently get in pension payments. You must work for Goldman Sucks or some other place you uptight snob. Think before you write such stupid words, especially about a guy like Pastorini, without whom, we woud have never witnessed the awesome spectacle of the '79 AFC championship game which the refs stole from the Oilers because their was no instant replay.  Renfro caught the ball....and he was in bounds. And PASTORINI threw it to him. I'll never forget it to this day, and that is the type of play that was the genesis of my interest in the NFL that carries over to present day.

What an a#@ you are. 

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