Even the most pedestrian NFL starter gets paid in the millions annually, but those who paved the way for the gravy train are getting the shaft.
Some played in an era that encouraged rough play. Others played on rock-hard artificial turf. They are the men of the NFL Films classics, a long-retired group of football players who helped make the league into a sports marketing juggernaut.
Many say the current NFL Players Association–and the league itself–is uninterested in helping them with health benefit issues. Former Green Bay Packer Jerry Kramer is trying to help some players with an ongoing auction and another set for Super Bowl time.
It'll help, but for now some players are turning to autograph shows to try and pay some of the outlandish costs of health care stemming from years of living a violent game.