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Posted on: July 11, 2011 6:15 am
 

The Daily Shoutout

JUSTIFIED ANGER: If you want to understand why longtime retired NFL players get so frustrated, the men who played decades ago, consider the following.

Linebacker Mike Vrabel is retiring. According to an advocate for retired players, Jeff Nixon, a critic of the current NFLPA leadership, of which Vrabel was an executive committee member, these are benefits Vrabel will receive:

1. $600,000 in his second career savings plan.

2. $580,000 in his NFL annuity plan.

3. $300,000 in his health reimbursement account.

4. $157,000 in his severance pay account.

5. $45,000 in his tuition assistance account.

6. $77,000 annually in his NFL pension, $6,475 a month starting at 55.

And perhaps most impressively, Nixon says, Vrabel will get free medical insurance for him and his family for the next five years.

Not bad. Not bad at all.

Now, Vrabel deserves every penny. He's earned it. All NFL players have. They deserve to be the highest paid players in all of sports because of the physical damage done to their bodies.

But you can understand why someone who played in the 1970s, for example, who gets practically nothing, gets upset when they see the benefits of today's players. As Nixon points out there are older players in the Hall of Fame who receive less than $200 a month in disability. That's it. That's their benefit package.

The NFL will never be whole until all of its former players are taken care of. All of them.
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Posted on: July 8, 2011 4:45 am
 

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THE LATEST ON LABOR TALKS: And by labor, I mean labor. It's only a matter of time before these talks produce a spanking new baby boy. This is the latest. The negotiations on Thursday got the two sides closer on the big whale of an issue, splitting the nine billion dollar pie. In fact, one person with knowledge of the talks explained, enough progress was made that the expectation an agreement on it will be reached over the weekend. At least, that's the direction things seem headed now. The source disputed an ESPN report that agreeing on certain free agency rules was a major sticking point. Until the largest issue of splitting the overall monies is solved, I was told, everything is a major sticking point. 

So where are we? Inching closer and closer. The talks are expected to continue through the weekend and are still on track for a handshake agreement next week. Inch by inch. It's getting done. Emphasis on the inch.

See you Monday.
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Posted on: July 6, 2011 6:06 am
 

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WHERE ARE WE? I don't mean in the cosmic sense. I mean in the labor talks between the NFL's owners and players. One report recently said we were close to a deal. Another said progress had slowed. The actuality remains a deal is closer than both sides want to publicly admit and we're still on track for a deal to get done in time to save both the preseason and regular season. It'll get done because neither side wants to lose the hundreds of millions in revenues the preseason brings them. The good, old fashioned smell of cash will get the deal done. In the meantime, lawyers will squabble and there will be good days and bad. Just shut up and get it done? Absolutely and that's what will happen.

One small piece of information. Most NFL head and assistant coaches are taking vacation now knowing they won't get a day of rest for many months once the lockout ends. Some of those coaches are traveling overseas. I'm told those coaches haven't been given any kind of notice to return home so while a deal will happen it likely isn't hours or days away. Yet.

TIKI BARBER: Says he has two teams on his short list, the Steelers and Buccaneers. Problem for Barber is I don't think the Steelers and Bucs give a damn about Barber. There is no way in hell the Steelers, to be sure, will sign Barber.

See you Thursday.

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Posted on: July 4, 2011 10:12 am
 

The Daily Shoutout

APPRECIATION: Gary Kubiak sounds like a changed man. Then again, most people would be after spending a week visiting American soldiers in the Persian Gulf. "People told me it would change you once you made this trip," Kubiak told me by phone from Iraq. "You see how dedicated our troops are. They were appreciative of us visting them and I kept saying, 'We can't thank you enough for your service."

"You see their faces and they are so young. They are so dedicated. They don't complain. They just do their jobs. I do think appreciation is the word. Doing this gives you a new understanding of what our soldiers go through."

Kubiak, the Houston coach, is one of four NFL current or former coaches visiting troops in the league's NFL-USO Coaches Tour of military instillations that started last week in Kuwait. Kubiak made the trip with Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt, former coach Jim Mora and Mora's son, Jim, another ex-coach.

"Every one of us, the coaches, are amazed at what we're seeing," Kubiak said. "People look at sports figures as heroes but these soldiers are the true heroes."

Kubiak of course had to be asked about the lockout. "I'm asked about that constantly here," he said. "I'm telling everyone there will be football this year. I believe that. I'm even hoping there will be football when we get home late this week. I can tell you the Texans are prepared for almost any scenario. We'll be ready."

Happy 4th. The Daily Shoutout returns Wednesday.
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