Time for alumni to have a seat at the table

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The National Football League’s alumni have been represented in the past directly by the NFLPA.

However, with the NFLPA’s lack of respect for the alumni it is time to give them a seat at the table.

NFL alumni has been so ignored by the NFLPA that they went out and created their own organization called NFL Alumni. Considering the way that current executive director DeMaurice Smith is treating them they were smart to do so.

The animosity between the two parties started under Smith’s predecessor Gene Upshaw who stated that he represents the players and not the alumni. That proved to be very true with Upshaw as benefits for retired players increased nominally.

The fact of the matter is that the only way that the alumni s’ problems will get solved by going out there and doing it themselves.

In the end, NFL alumni have been suffering for far to long to be ignored anymore.

Hypocrites

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The National Football League Players Association after negotiations broke down were whining about the disrespect they received from NFL owners.

You know that is pretty funny coming from a bunch of hypocrites.

If there are a group of people that know about disrespect it is the NFLPA. After all they been doing it to their own brethren in the NFL Alumni.

According to the New York Daily News, via Pro Football Talk, NFL Alumni president and former New York Giants defensive end George Martin cannot even get an audience with NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith. Martin has been invited to the next NFLPA meeting in Marco Island, Florida, but wasn’t guaranteed a meeting with Smith.

Yes, I am calling them the NFLPA still, because that is what they really are as the whole desertification thing is just a sham as they will reform once a collective bargaining agreement is negotiated. That in itself is disrespectful as it insults people’s intelligence. Come on like people are really going to believe that they aren’t a union anymore, but if there happens to be some then can I have a $1,000 for the I need some money fund.

The fact of the matter is respect isn’t just given it is earned and the NFLPA hasn’t earned one ounce of respect from anyone.  For evidence of this look no further than the fact that they had Martin fill out a questionnaire to attend the meeting, which led him to think they might believe he is a spy.

“To me it was a bit insulting,” he said. “Here’s a guy who played 14 years in the NFL, a 10-year veteran as a player representative, and was the president of the NFLPA for two years. Now my loyalty and allegiance is being called into question before I can come and address the very organization I spent 14 years officially supporting?”

In the end, if the NFLPA wants to be given respect try giving it to the guys that built the game to where it is now.

“To me it was a bit insulting,” he said. “Here’s a guy who played 14 years in the NFL, a 10-year veteran as a player representative, and was the president of the NFLPA for two years. Now my loyalty and allegiance is being called into question before I can come and address the very organization I spent 14 years officially supporting?”