The dispute between the NFL and retired old-timers is more than a little testy. Some may skip the Hall of Fame inductions if things don’t improve.
You may have read here about the battle by retired players to get the NFL and it’s Players Association to increase benefits to those who left the game before the mega-payday era.
Hall of Famers Deacon Jones and Ted Hendricks say they won’t be attending anymore Hall of Fame induction ceremonies until things improve for their colleagues–some of whom are down on their luck but can’t afford medical care.
"I’m watching the pioneers of the game cripple up and die with no dignity and no money for their family," former NFL defensive back Bruce Laird said. "To see their struggle and then hearing the same stuff from the league … I tell the players now, ‘This is going to be you. As soon as you leave the game, they’re going to forget you.’
The players say they paid their own way to Canton until recently and that they were asked to sign autographs at a sponsored event for $3 each, only to see some memorabilia dealers buy up groups of tickets and re-sell the autographs on eBay. The story from John Lopez in the Houston Chronicle.