I know how retired NFL players feel

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Many former National Football League players that retired before 1993 are struggling to make end meet.

Unfortunately, I know exactly how what they are going through.

Back in eighth grade I suffered a back injury to my back that result in several bulging disks.

For many years doctors for whatever reason over looked them even though I kept complaining about it and as a result of this I have developed arthritis.

It has gotten so bad that I have to take hydrocodone to deal with the pain and are unable to work a job that involves long periods of standing.

Many retired players are going through the same thing as their injuries from playing have deteriorated to the point they cannot even work anymore.

Its not like they don’t want to work its more of the fact they just can’t.

I myself had a job until recently as my employer forced me to quit as the manager took me off my route and wanted me to make two round trips to their base in Gowanda, NY on three days that I was available.

The reason I was available only three days is due to school.

Now, I am without a job and most likely will not be able to find one considering my disability.

On top of that I also suffer from depression from numerous minor concussions.

Even with medication for that there are still days that thoughts of killing myself creep into my head as it is just so depressing when you sit there on the floor trying to play with your kids and enjoy them being just so innocent and full of life, but you can’t due to the amount of pain,

I know there are people out there that don’t understand and whatever you say they call you a retard or a moron, but to those who do care the people that we need to rally around are the retired players that gave up their body to play the game they love and built the National Football League into what it is today.

Former WGR 550 host The Coach Chuck Dickerson showed the power and influence Buffalo has when we came together and convinced Jim Rome to make a Tour Stop here in Buffalo, which of course turned out to be one of the best of all time.

So I ask you of to take five minutes and make your voice heard to National Football League Player Association executive director Demaurice Smith by emailing him at nflpaexecutivedept@nflplayers.com

In the end, after the stunt that they tried pulling last Sunday the retired players need our help more than ever.

Good night and good luck.

Saints fans get screwed

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According to WWL-TV , via ProFootballTalk.com, 1,200 New Orleans Saints fans will lose their season tickets.

Simply, some Saints fans are getting screwed for the almighty dollar.

According to the report, the Saints are removing three sections of seating to build a new press box.

Wait it gets better.

The reason that they are building a new press box is so that they can turn the old one into luxury suites.

In essence what they are saying is sorry fans your money isn’t good enough.

I don’t blame the owners for this I blame the players and their ever constant growing greed.

In the end, if the National Football League Players Association doesn’t realize that the positions they are taking are pissing people off they will only dig themselves a deeper hole.

Williams is a fool

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According to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN, via ProFootballTalk.com, Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams thinks that 30 is like the new 50 in the National Football League.

The fact of the matter is that is a load of crap and Williams is a fool for believing it.

In the National Football League players start to deteriorate upon reaching 30 years old.

The reason being that testosterone levels in the average male peak in the early 20’s, and then start to drop off.

Testosterone is responsible for muscle building and with all the weight training, practice and games that an average player goes through a 30 year old’s body just cannot keep up with all of it, which is why you see a lot of players that are 30 years or older suffer muscle based injuries.

In the end, it won’t matter how many less carries that Williams takes once he hits 30 years old his days will be numbered.

Cardinals still need to address loss of Dansby

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According to Dan Urban of the Arizona Cardinal’s website, via ProFootballTalk.com the Cardinals have signed linebacker Joey Porter to a three year deal.

However, they still need to address the loss of linebacker Carlos Dansby.

Dansby left as a free agent and signed with the Miami Dolphins when free agency opened March 5th.

The signing does replace the leadership void, but that is about it as Dansby is a middle linebacker and Porter is outside.

Porter will replace linebacker Chike Okeafor who is a unrestricted free agent that is expected to not return.

Even though Cardinals players and media outlets are touting the fact that their pass rush has potentially gotten better the fact is that if the Cardinals don’t address middle linebacker that will mean nothing as offense will devise game plans to take advantage of this weak spot.

In the end, middle linebacker will most likely be one of their picks at the top of April’s National Football League Draft.

It’s just a matter of where

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With the Buffalo Bills signing linebacker Andra Davis and defensive lineman Dwan Edwards their needs are now set

Everyone knows the Bills top three needs, so the question is now in what rounds will they be in?

It is no secret that the Bills are looking to draft a quarterback, nose tackle, and a offensive tackle.

The key quote came from Bills vice president of college scouting Tom Modrak via the Bills website when asked about nose tackles in regards to an article titled Bills Focus: Filling Out the 3-4.

“Everybody goes for them first. That thins it out quick you know and that has been a tradition around this league. You get big people as soon as you can. Your right it is a good year for them.

That means quote, along with the signing of offensive tackle Cornell Green to start at right tackle, means the Bills will take a nose tackle with the ninth overall pick.

In the second round the pick will come down to how the board shakes out, which means the position that is not addressed in the second round will be in the third.

In the end, as much as Bills fans want a quarterback the smart moves are to take either a nose tackle or offensive tackle in the first two rounds.