The Voice is in- tended to communi-cate to all retired NFLplayers, updates con-cerning key-issueseffecting NFL retireerights and benefits. Itwill provide an objec- tive independent re-port of matters of sig-nificant interest to those already retired.
In regards to what the NFLPA agreed to in the 2011 CBA for already retiredplayers, on August 11, 2011, the NFLPA through its counsel represented that re-tired players…[
have been pouring in praise and thanks to the NFLPA for the new benefits that have been agreed to.
By: Brian DuncanAt our November, 2011 chap- ter meeting, our non-vestedplayers were very upset andvoiced their negative feelingsabout the decision made by the Players Association todistribute the legacy fund.Many former non-vested play-ers feel betrayed and used by the NFLPA, not only because they are not being included inany monetary distribution of the fund, but that the PlayersAssociation advocated sostrongly that they would notleave any former player be-hind.The motto “One Team” wascreated and circulated at theconvention last February and throughout the year. We allreceived hats, pens, and othermaterials with the slogan of “One Team”, which we nowfind out only applies to theformer vested players. Thepre 1993, three year playersfelt like they were going to get the same vesting rights as thepost 1993 players, only to findout that the Players Associa- tion never put that option on the table.When the Legacy Fund wascreated, the intent was toinclude
pre- 1993 formerplayers. Only after the PlayersAssociation re-certified as aunion, was the Legacy Fund tied to the Bert Bell Retire-ment Plan. The Players Asso-ciation solely made this deci-sion so that the recents wouldcontinue to receive themoney, even after the currentagreement expires in tenyears. However, one of theproblems by doing this, is thenon-vested players are com-pletely left out of the fund.The Players Associationclearly has an issue with con-flict of interest. Not only does this conflict exist between thecurrent players and the formerplayers, but between the for-mer vested and non-vestedplayers. The former, non-vested, members of theNFLPA in Dallas, feel theirleadership in Washington hasonce again let them down andare looking for ways to get in-cluded in the benefits that areafforded other former players.
Brian DuncanVice President, NFLPA DallasChapter (1976-78 Cleveland Browns,Houston Oilers)
See Retiree Sound-off Sec- tion on page 12 for moreon NFLPA counsel JeffreyKessler’s statement regard-ing the expressions of “praise” by former playersfor the NFLPA concerning the new 2011 CBA.