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Retired players file lawsuit against NFLPA

Posted on: September 13, 2011 9:39 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2011 10:15 pm
Carl Eller is one of the plaintiffs suing the NFLPA (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Just because the NFL lockout is over and the owners and players have signed a new CBA (without, mind you, agreeing to HGH testing), that doesn’t mean the lawsuits have stopped.

No, not in regards to the former NFL players who believe they helped make the current NFL what it is today and also feel like they’re getting screwed in the aftermath.

Yahoo Sports’ Dan Wetzel reports the latest, as a group of 28 former players, including Hall of Famers like Carl Eller (pictured at right), Chuck Bednarik and Elvin Bethea, have filed a lawsuit against the NFLPA, union executive director DeMaurice Smith, and Tom Brady and Mike Vrabel, two of the plaintiffs from the lockout lawsuit.

The suit -- filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis -- states that when the NFLPA decertified last March, the players were in no position to bargain for and agree to the benefits for the retired players, and as Wetzel writes, the players want a declaration that “the ‘right to negotiate with the League the rights and benefits for NFL retirees’ rests with the Eller plaintiffs.”

The veterans’ attorney Michael Hausfeld said this lawsuit does not affect the current labor peace but that the former players want to readjust the benefits they’ve received in the new CBA.

Said Hausfeld: "The retirees rights were sacrificed for the benefit of the active players.”

Why this continues to come about, I think, is a general feeling of disrespect from the current players to those who came before them. That’s the sense I got from former Oilers quarterback Dan Pastorini when spoke to him recently. Even with the $620 million Legacy Fund created by the NFL and the NFLPA in the new CBA, the players obviously feel that doesn’t adequately compensate them for their sacrifices in the past.

“I think it’s a travesty the way they treat the older players,” Pastorini said. “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-(19)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.”

Although some current players, like Saints quarterback Drew Brees, have advocated for the retirees, the general feeling of discontent still lingers. Now, the former players are hoping the court system will bestow upon them the relief they feel the NFLPA hasn’t given to them.

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Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:27 pm

Retired players file lawsuit against NFLPA

Sigh, these guys are old and their football days are done. I'm not even old enough to have seen more than half of them play the game. Retirement means you are no longer an employee of the business. Just go on with your old lives and leave your former occupation alone. Between the NBA and these old hoveround goers the greed these days is sadly super high.

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 1:11 pm

Retired players file lawsuit against NFLPA

Gez, I guess I will start my lawsuit against the NFL , Nfl owners, NFL current players, NFL retire players, so I can get a piece of that pie!!!
man, while I am at it, I am going to sue you , the fan!!! (after all, where do you think the money comes from)

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:18 pm

Retired players file lawsuit against NFLPA

These are the same guys who talked down to the fans cried when tv forced Monday nights on them and shorter weeks and did not work enough in the union when they were playing.  These guys should take advantage of what is out there, get an agenet and do promotional appearances, work with the NFL and their former teams to do good.  Many a current player could learn form their experiences.  So could college, high school and foreign athletes.  There is money for them to make if they want to work for it.  If not quit crying  you had your day  welcome to real life with the rest of us who supported you in the 60's, 70.s and 80's.

Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2011 11:48 am

Retired players file lawsuit against NFLPA

I think people like me and you should file a lawsuit as well. Although Football was popular and very prosporus in the 80's and 90's, it didnt grow to the enormous superstardum until Fantasy Football was unleashed in waves. Its people like me who used to commish leagues out of a newspaper and a notebook and transaction night was done over the phone in 3 feet of snow...uphill both ways that really should get paid here :)
In all seriousness, fantasy football did save the NFL and has been the big reason that it can afford to pay players the massive contracts and gives them a longevity that the rest of the sports market doesnt have. As far as the has beens are concerned I could geive a (bleep) less because people like me and you have more to do with any kinda retirement plan and funding than they did. The funny thing is that even if they would have locked out this year, we still would have played fantasy football and new stars would have been born, hense the security the NFL has.

Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2011 11:41 am

Retired players file lawsuit against NFLPA

Is it me or do these retired players think they are entitled to more money bigger benefits ect....    when Cops and firemen retire and every other job that collect thier pension it doesn't go up. They take the best couple of years when they were working and figure it out that way. Imagine people that are retired getting raises. Give it a rest and move on. This is the real world. Most of these players retired when they were probally 30-35 and retire from a game. Get a real job if you didn't save your money.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:49 am

Retired players file lawsuit against NFLPA

Well, good luck to the retired players proving that the players or owners owe them anything beyond what was in their contracts and collective bargaining agreement when they left the league.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:42 am

Retired players file lawsuit against NFLPA

I guess I don't have an issue with retired players wanting a piece of the pie, it is a big pie after all...however, theset retired players talk about greed from the current players and owners, perhaps they should look in the mirror.  Growing up, playing football...we didn't play for money, we played the game.  It is a game after all...No one forced these players to suit up and play, they could have gone out and gotten jobs like the rest of us.  The more I hear these former players complain, the less compassion I have for them.  To me, it sounds like a bunch of old men trying to get a big pay day.  Dynamics have changed, the money is big doubt, the money just wasn't there when they played, I think that should be taken into account.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 10:37 am

Retired players file lawsuit against NFLPA

Are some of you freaking kidding me? Does anybody really believe that Dan Pastorini helped make the nfl what it is today? They played at a point in time when players did not make what they make today and they are envious of the current players prosperity. I am old enough to have watched Eller and Pastorini and other players from the mid to late 70's , or the pre '93ers that Eller talks about. The bottom line is just because a union you used to be a part of reaches a "golden age" doesn't entitle ex members to benefit. These guys arent the guys from the 50's and 60's who had to suppliment their income with side jobs and off season employment. These are guys who made enough money to live happily ever after if they were cautious with their money. It would be real hard to convince me that it is the responsibility for todays workforce to pay for the lack of common sense in the previous workforce.  Guys like Eller and Ditka and other great players who may actually have had something to do with the popularity of todays game will always have an easy source of income and it is proposterous to me that they have their hands out. They collect from personal appearences, autograph shows and other revenue sources that are only availabe to them because they played in the NFL so in essence they are still cashing that check.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:26 am

Retired players file lawsuit against NFLPA

Wish someone would throw me a 620mil bone. Just sayin!

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: September 14, 2011 8:54 am

Retired players file lawsuit against NFLPA

maybe Danny P should have saved some of his money instead of blowing it on the power boat racing he use to do in the off season. 

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