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    Turley challenges active players to give to fund

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    Updated: November 27, 2007, 1:20 PM ET


    Kyle Turley is donating an entire game check to the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund for retired NFL players in need -- and challenging his fellow active players to give as well.


    "I am issuing a challenge to all current players of this great game to take action and stand with me and show these men that they are not forgotten," the Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman said in a news release issued by Gridiron Greats on Tuesday.

    "I am asking them to join me by donating a portion of their December 23 game check, whether large or small, to go directly to retired players in need. Whether they choose to keep their participation confidential or release their name as a participant is not important. What is important is doing something to make a difference."


    The Gridiron Greats fund, overseen by NFL Hall of Famers Mike Ditka and Gale Sayers, provides financial assistance and coordinates social service assistance to retired NFL players in need. Ditka has been an outspoken critic of the NFL and its players union over the disability benefits program for retired players.

    "The fact that there are so many guys out there in desperate need of help, when something could be done by the owners and the union, is shameful," said Sayers, a board member of the Gridiron Greats. "While they spend their time making excuses, we are committed to providing whatever help we can to improve the lives of so many of the men that played this great game. In this season of giving it is absolutely wonderful what [Turley] and these active players are doing by reaching out to the retired players who are need."
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbedgood View Post
    I think the problem that some of us have HH is your use of the word "owe"...I don't think a person in the area would disagree that it would be a great gesture for the owners to follow suit in some way with the gesture made by Turley and others. However to imply that they "owe" the x-NFL players something implies that they promised them something that isn't being delivered. The x-NFL players agreed to a level of pay and benefits when they played that was appropriate for the times, and their own union has continued to negotiate for todays players rather than negotiate benefits for the x-NFL players. The analogy of mine workers in W Virginia is a perfect analogy, unfortunately if Jim-Bob drops a weeks paycheck to pay for the X-mine workers medical bills it isn't going to go very far!!!
    Those guys started the competitive lifestyle of the NFL players today.

    The loss of the ability to work for the rest of your life wasn't really known then.

    The contract thing doesn't work for me in this instance. No one knew what was gonna happen back then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbedgood View Post
    I think the problem that some of us have HH is your use of the word "owe"...I don't think a person in the area would disagree that it would be a great gesture for the owners to follow suit in some way with the gesture made by Turley and others. However to imply that they "owe" the x-NFL players something implies that they promised them something that isn't being delivered. The x-NFL players agreed to a level of pay and benefits when they played that was appropriate for the times, and their own union has continued to negotiate for todays players rather than negotiate benefits for the x-NFL players. The analogy of mine workers in W Virginia is a perfect analogy, unfortunately if Jim-Bob drops a weeks paycheck to pay for the X-mine workers medical bills it isn't going to go very far!!!
    I think that they owe them, morally. People who helped bring this league to the empire that it is today, morally, deserve to reap some of the rewards.

    And the x-players agreed to a level of pay and benefits that SEEMED to be appropriate for the times.

    But no, I don't think that they literally owe them anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chief31 View Post
    I think that they owe them, morally. People who helped bring this league to the empire that it is today, morally, deserve to reap some of the rewards.

    And the x-players agreed to a level of pay and benefits that SEEMED to be appropriate for the times.

    But no, I don't think that they literally owe them anything.
    Good Reply, yes by law they owe them nothing, but if it weren't for the x-players then the NFL would have nothing, so essentially they owe everything to them.




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    Turley has been the most outspoken active player on the issue, and has pledged a single-game paycheck of $25,000 to the fund, which Birk matched. Two other Chiefs, Larry Johnson and Tony Gonzalez, the Houston Texans' Ephraim Salaam and the New York Giants' Kawika Mitchell also plan to donate to the fund, the organizers announced.

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