The National Football League Players Association under the guidance of then executive director Gene Upshaw showed no respect for retired players what so ever.
Even though Upshaw is long gone and DeMaurice Smith is now the executive director, somethings never change.
According to Pro Football Talk, National Football League Alumni president George Martin met this past week with the NFLPA. Even though publicly he stated that he was happy to finally meet with them, in a letter to the board of directors and the 32 chapter heads Martin was singing a different tune.
“Regrettably, the long awaited and greatly anticipated one on one meeting with Mr. DeMaurice Smith never materialized as I had hoped,” Martin wrote. “Although he was present during my two hour interrogation, no accommodation of my request for the private meeting was ever addressed.”
So, instead of having a civil conversation and come up with a plan that would address the needs of struggling retired players the NFLPA basically ripped Martin apart for two hours, because the NFL Alumni and NFL owners know how to get along and act like adults.
I am starting to think that the lifetime heath care proposal didn’t come from the NFLPA side, but was from the owners to help address their growing problems. The owners understand that they and the players are partners and they also understand that it was the sacrifices of these players that made the NFL into what it is today.
The fact of the matter is that the owners fully are aware of the issue at hand and want to address them as quick as possible, and it is the reason why the NFL is the most popular sport in America . If they didn’t then they wouldn’t have compromised on a lot of issues.
In the end, the only way that the retired players will get their problems addressed is being allowed to represent themselves in collective bargaining negotiations.