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Do today's players care about older NFLers?

Posted on: April 3, 2011 11:02 am
Edited on: April 3, 2011 11:04 am
Ron Jaworski thinks today's players don't care about those from yesterday (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Whenever I hear old-time NFL players talk about the benefits they should receive for their contributions in building the NFL into the most popular sport in this country today, I always feel a sense of bitterness behind the words that are spoken.

Not necessarily bitter that those players from the 1940, 50s, 60s and 70s didn’t receive the huge checks that many of those who play today get to cash on a monthly basis. But bitter in the sense that they feel their efforts to help create the game that we watch and cover today are ignored.

Especially by today’s players.

I could sense that during Super Bowl week when the NFL Alumni held a press conference to lay out the group’s platform for much-needed pensions and benefits. Although Cowboys RB Felix Jones was on the dais and was praised by the five or six former players who joined him, I could feel the underlying hurt that comes with not receiving the respect they feel they deserve.

Which brings us to former Eagles QB (and, obviously, current ESPN analyst and TV color guy) Ron Jaworski, who was asked by the Philadelphia Inquirer if he thought the NFLPA was keeping the former players’ best interest at heart.

Said Jaws: “That part does disappoint me. I've been around long enough to understand that present-day players, they don't understand what the guys went through in [the previous work stoppages of 1987, '82, and '74]. … Quite honestly, I don't think they really give a damn about the guys that laid the foundation for the game. I think it's a lot of verbiage, but I don't think they really care.”

What more can be done for those former players, though?

“I see these guys limping around and the physical handicaps they're now living under. These guys deserve something. . . . They deserve some compensation for that, and they deserve medical benefits, and they deserve treatment for all the issues that former players are now dealing with. We all know the life expectancy of former NFL players is less than a normal human being.”

Jaworski makes an interesting point about whether players give a damn about the guys that came before them. I’m not sure that’s exactly the case. With some exceptions, I think the players just don’t give a damn about the history of the game. The lack of interest in the former players is just a byproduct of that.

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Posted on: April 3, 2011 6:48 pm

Do today's players care about older NFLers?

I don't think most players care honestly but i do believe there are many who truly apperciate those who came before them as they were the inspiration for this generation of players. As long as the NFL turns out good guys like  Manning, Brady, mcnabb, Curtis martin, barry sanders jerry rice, and  pat tillman I dont care what the new players think.  There will always be stand up guys and real jack a**es that emerge out of each generation of football. Unfortunately there seems to be more of the ladder of the two in todays game.

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