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Hall of Famers threaten boycott until NFL provides insurance, salaries

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In a letter sent to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith and president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame C. David Baker on Tuesday, many high-profile Pro Football Hall of Famers said they would not attend the annual induction ceremony until Hall of Famers receive health insurance and an annual salary that includes a share of league revenue.

The letter, obtained by ESPN, was sent by Eric Dickerson, the chairman of the newly created Hall of Fame Board, and signed by board members Marcus Allen, Mel Blount, Derrick Brooks, Jim Brown, Earl Campbell, Richard Dent, Carl Eller, Marshall Faulk, Mike Haynes, Rickey Jackson, Ronnie Lott, Curtis Martin, Joe Namath, John Randle, Jerry Rice, Deion Sanders, Bruce Smith, Jackie Smith, Lawrence Taylor, Kurt Warner and Sarah White, Reggie White's widow.

"We, the undersigned Pro Football Hall of Famers, were integral to the creation of the modern NFL, which in 2017 generated $14 billion in revenue," the letter begins. "But when the league enshrined us as the greatest ever to play America's most popular sport, they gave us a gold jacket, a bust and a ring -- and that was it.

"To build this game, we sacrificed our bodies. In many cases, and despite the fact that we were led to believe otherwise, we sacrificed our minds. We believe we deserve more. We write to demand two things: Health insurance and annual salary for all Hall of Famers that includes a share of league revenue." Hall of Famers in letter to NFL, NFLPA and Pro Football Hall of Fame

"People know us from our highlight reels. They see us honored and mythologized before games and at halftime, and it would be reasonable if they thought life was good for us. But on balance, it's not. As a group we are struggling with severe health and financial problems. To build this game, we sacrificed our bodies. In many cases, and despite the fact that we were led to believe otherwise, we sacrificed our minds. We believe we deserve more. We write to demand two things: Health insurance and annual salary for all Hall of Famers that includes a share of league revenue."

The letter outlines that the total cost for every Hall of Famer to have health insurance is less than $4 million, which is less than that of a 30-second Super Bowl ad, or about 3 cents for every $100 the league generates in revenue.

"The time has come for us to be treated as part of a game we've given so much to," the letter states. "Until our demands are met, the Hall of Famers will not attend the annual induction ceremony in Canton. It's well-known that the NFL is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020, and while we are proud of our role in building this league, we don't believe 100 years of player exploitation is something to celebrate. As we approach this momentous date, we challenge the NFL to honor its past by helping retired players instead of exploiting their images for marketing purposes."

The letter also calls into question Goodell's $40 million annual salary as well as the construction of a $1 billion Hall of Fame Village in Canton, Ohio. "Meanwhile, many of us Hall of Fame players can't walk and many can't sleep at night," the letter states. "More than a few of us don't even know who or where we are. Our long careers left us especially vulnerable to the dangers of this violent sport, especially those intentionally hidden from us. Commissioner Goodell, there are better uses for that money."

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/24720441/hall-famers-threaten-boycott-induction-ceremony-nfl-provides-health-insurance-annual-salaries

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1. Most if not ALL of the players listed as signing this made millions as players , so for them to cry about financial issues is no ones fault but their own

2. If the ones that did make millions are saying they cant afford healthcare, they can only blame themselves

3. How many of these players retired before age 40?  Now compare that to the average working joe... If the normal american worker retired before age 40, should they expect free healthcare for the rest of their life?

F these guys.  You made a choice to make a career out of a game and got paid millions to do it.  Piss poor money management is YOUR fault, no one elses. The NFL doesnt owe you ish. 

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I thought all retired NFL vested veterans get a pension and healthcare? Do HOFers think they deserve more than their teammates?

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So, if they 'boycott', does that mean that Deion Sanders and Kurt Warner going to stay away from NFL Network and not do their shows?

Getting Sanders off NFL Network would be well worth it.

 

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43 minutes ago, Don Corleone said:

 

So basically, Eric Dickerson (or someone using his name), circulated a fraudulent letter in an effort to extort billions of dollars from the NFL.

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So the HoFers are out to get theirs, and fark the other veteran players? What an entitled bunch of d-bags. No wonder some of the HoF are distancing themselves from the letter.

As Mike Golic said this morning, what about the thousands of other former players who also put their bodies on the line, and thus ENABLED HoFers to be HoFers?

Beneath contempt.

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8 hours ago, Captain F said:

1. Most if not ALL of the players listed as signing this made millions as players , so for them to cry about financial issues is no ones fault but their own

2. If the ones that did make millions are saying they cant afford healthcare, they can only blame themselves

3. How many of these players retired before age 40?  Now compare that to the average working joe... If the normal american worker retired before age 40, should they expect free healthcare for the rest of their life?

F these guys.  You made a choice to make a career out of a game and got paid millions to do it.  Piss poor money management is YOUR fault, no one elses. The NFL doesnt owe you ish. 

Hit the nail on the head.

They can't have it both ways. During the lifetime of an average working american, they will never see the amount of money that these players have made in just a handful of seasons. 

The players are primarily getting paid so much because of the risk involved, but at the same time they don't have any excuse about savings long term. 

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Eric Dickerson cites "miscommunication” with Kurt Warner, Jerry Rice over HOF letter

Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson is spearheading an effort to get more for the players who made the game what it is. And he now admits that he took a liberty or two with reality in order to make the effort seem stronger than it is.

Dickerson has posted a statement on Twitter accepting responsibility for a miscommunication with fellow Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Kurt Warner, whose names were added to the letter threatening a boycott of future Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies unless the league does more for former players. Both Rice and Warner have said they do not support a boycott.

Dickerson’s acceptance of responsibility was hardly unconditional and unequivocal.

“[T]his is typical NFL pitting players against each other,” Dickerson said, "whether it’s retired players versus Hall of Famers or whether it’s players who are on the Hall of Fame board versus players supporting the cause. At the end of the day, the NFL’s strategy is simply to take attention away from the major issue at hand, which is that the NFL is past due on doing right by the players.”

Dickerson also has made it clear that he’s not seeking benefits for only Hall of Famers, but for all former players.

Where this goes remains to be seen. But former players don’t really have much leverage other than to try to win the P.R. battle or, for the Hall of Famers, to not show up at the Hall of Fame enshrinement weekend. While Dickerson may be on board with that, it’s not clear whether other Hall of Famers are.

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/09/18/eric-dickerson-cites-miscommunication-with-kurt-warner-jerry-rice-over-hof-letter/

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How is it the NFL 'pitting' players against each other when he was the idiot who included names who hadn't agreed to be included? I hope the NFL doesn't cave in to this extortion.

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I was thinking about this, these players who actually are signers of this extortion letter should demand that they either get what they want or insist that their busts be removed from the hall and demand that they be completely removed from the Hall of Fame. Hold a big rally where they return (or burn) their gold jackets and Hall of Fame rings.

If their fight is worth fighting, then it's worth the price if they don't get what they want.

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11 hours ago, Don Corleone said:

Dickerson is back-tracking because of Rice and Warner:

http://twitter.com/EricDickerson/status/1042216191622766592?s=17

His first letter only addressed the HOFers, not all players. I am curious to see where this goes from here.

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The same people who voted NOT to do anything for retired players when they were playing now want compensated. Not only that, but they believe that only the superstars are entitled to benefits (they've since changed their story after backlash). You can't make this stuff up. This is the most Eric Dickerson story of all time.

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I can understand healthcare due to the wear and tear from playing the game for crowds and TV audiences.

 

But salaries?  For what?  Didn't they have a salary when they played?  Do they want an annual salary for attending a single induction ceremony each year?  If being a Hall of Famer a professional position now?

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LOL, they don't have a lot of leverage if the most they can threaten is to not attend the annual HOF ceremony that ranks about 497th on the list of things people want to watch when it comes to the NFL.

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6 hours ago, KzEaglefan86 said:

LOL, they don't have a lot of leverage if the most they can threaten is to not attend the annual HOF ceremony that ranks about 497th on the list of things people want to watch when it comes to the NFL.

Yay more politicized football! 

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I'm going to form the NFLFA (NFL Fans Association), a union of all NFL Fans. Our first demand will be that all fans who do not live in the home city of their favorite NFL team be given free NFL Sunday Ticket access for life ('life' as defined in this list of demands is to be understood as the life of Planet Earth and not the lifespan of any individual person), as well as 4 tickets to any Super Bowl in which their favorite team plays in, transportation to and from that location and all the food and beverages that can be consumed... again, for life. When that fan dies, these benefits will pass down to his or her heirs... for life.

I will form a board to include myself, 10 non city of Philadelphia living Eagles fans and one fan from each of the other 31 NFL fan bases. All of these other fans will have a vote in all matters with the exception of the Giants, Cowboys and Redskins fans (they may be present for all proceedings but are not permitted to vote or speak).

Further, we will demand that each member of the board of fans be granted the league's 'vet minimum' salary and the same health plan that the commissioner has... again, for life and again, to be passed down to his or her heirs... for life.

If our demands are not granted, we will boycott watching the Hall of Fame induction show and the Hall of Fame game (live)… we can still watch it when it's no longer live and the Giant, Redskin and Cowboy fan board members will hold their breath until said demands are granted.

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When players went on strike for better benefits, Eric Dickerson undermined them

Eric Dickerson is now speaking out for the idea that Hall of Fame players should be paid $300,000 a year in retirement. But when Dickerson was an active player, supporting the retired players was not his concern.

In 1987, the NFL players went on strike, and among the key pieces of their agenda were improving retirement benefits and health care. The players’ solidarity cracked after the NFL owners decided to keep the league going with replacement players, and eventually many veteran players crossed the picket lines. And one of those strike breakers was Eric Dickerson.

In fact, it was Dickerson and another signer of the statement he released yesterday, Lawrence Taylor, who delivered the finishing blow to the players’ strike when they led a movement to cross the picket line three weeks into the strike: The players’ union took a huge hit when those two stars led the way as players on almost every team decided to break the strike and return to work simultaneously.

As a UPI article on October 15, 1987, put it: "Over 100 players, led by superstars Lawrence Taylor and Eric Dickerson, crossed picket lines in the largest one-day defection since the union began its walkout Sept. 22.”

Dickerson ended up not playing in any replacement games, but he made it clear at the time that it was because he didn’t trust the replacement offensive linemen to protect him, not because he supported the union’s cause.

"I can’t take a chance going in behind this [non-union] offensive line,” Dickerson told the Los Angeles Times on October 16, 1987.

So when Dickerson had a chance to show solidarity with his fellow players and pressure the owners into better benefits, he decided instead to look out for himself and cross the picket line. For Dickerson now to hold himself up as the leader of a movement to support retired players comes across as too little, too late.

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/09/19/when-players-went-on-strike-for-better-benefits-eric-dickerson-undermined-them/

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12 hours ago, Don Corleone said:

This is funny .. shows what a POS scab he is .  So because he is now broke  he wants an easy way out ... yet he has a good job.   

 

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15 hours ago, VaBeach_Eagle said:

I'm going to form the NFLFA (NFL Fans Association), a union of all NFL Fans. Our first demand will be that all fans who do not live in the home city of their favorite NFL team be given free NFL Sunday Ticket access for life ('life' as defined in this list of demands is to be understood as the life of Planet Earth and not the lifespan of any individual person), as well as 4 tickets to any Super Bowl in which their favorite team plays in, transportation to and from that location and all the food and beverages that can be consumed... again, for life. When that fan dies, these benefits will pass down to his or her heirs... for life.

I will form a board to include myself, 10 non city of Philadelphia living Eagles fans and one fan from each of the other 31 NFL fan bases. All of these other fans will have a vote in all matters with the exception of the Giants, Cowboys and Redskins fans (they may be present for all proceedings but are not permitted to vote or speak).

Further, we will demand that each member of the board of fans be granted the league's 'vet minimum' salary and the same health plan that the commissioner has... again, for life and again, to be passed down to his or her heirs... for life.

If our demands are not granted, we will boycott watching the Hall of Fame induction show and the Hall of Fame game (live)… we can still watch it when it's no longer live and the Giant, Redskin and Cowboy fan board members will hold their breath until said demands are granted.

Since no one else has responded, I’m putting my name in quickly for the first of the 10 living Eagles fans!

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