Old School

With the NFL and the Players Association extending the Collective Bargaining Agreement to this Friday at midnight there is hope that things are getting better; however there is still much to be done to  prevent a possible work stoppage. One group that’s looking on with interest is The Gridiron Greats. Led by former Hall of Fame tight end Mike Ditka, The Gridiron Greats have raised over $1.75 million dollars for former players to help pay for medical bills and assist them in financial need. Other outside groups are trying to help former players financially as well. Many of these players played in  an era in which they had to take a second job in the off-season, most of them started out in the 1950’s a making $25,000 or less. It is unfair that the NFL doesn’t help former players who made the league what it is today. Those players played so hard and many of them can’t even take care of themselves at an advanced age. Ditka even went to Congress to testify on their behalf, saying that the former players should be treated with dignity and shouldn’t have to beg for anything. The NFL and the Players Association owe it to themselves to make sure these players get taken care of financially and that all medical benefits get paid in full.

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