Pre-1993 NFL retirees dedicated years of their lives to the NFL, building the league into what it is today. Despite their many contributions, these players receive retirement benefits that pale in comparison to modern-day NFL players, as well as those players of their era who played in other major sports leagues. The NFLPA and NFL should make pension reform for pre-1993 players a top priority in the 100th celebration and 2021 CBA.
To achieve our goal, we are starting an awareness campaign to educate the public – ahead of the 2021 CBA negotiations – about pension inequity, the pre-93 player experience and the misconception that recent NFLPA programs and NFL settlements have appropriately addressed the concerns of these former players.
FAIR’s campaign ultimately comes down to the players we represent. Telling their stories is what we are all about it. Unfortunately, many iconic players are experiencing significant physical, cognitive and financial strain. Sadly, fewer and fewer are still with us each year.