In letter to Martin, Murphy says league “looking into possibility of pension increase for alumni not already receiving pensions”

Mark Murphey – General Manager, Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy, a member of the NFL’s Executive Management Council, responded to concerns related to retired NFL player’s benefits in a letter to NFL Alumni Executive Director and President George Martin.

In the letter, Murphy addresses a proposed pension increase for retired players who completed their careers prior to 1993 saying “that proposal was on the table on March 11, along with many others as part of a comprehensive proposal designed to prevent a work stoppage. We proposed to fund this improved benefit solely through owner contributions without regard to the computation of current player costs or savings from any particular area.” Murphy adds, “Unfortunately, the NFLPA chose to walk away from the negotiations without a response to our proposals.”

Murphy further explains that the proposal offered to the union focused on players currently collecting pensions and included a pension increase of 60% on average for players age 55 or older. “…we will investigate the possibility of including similar players who have elected not to begin their pensions in future negotiations.”

Other improved benefits Murphy says were on the table was easing the qualification standards for the NFL disability plan which he says would result in more qualified players receiving those benefits. Further, an increase to the 88 plan for both institutional and home care costs was proposed.

While alumni continue to receive benefits during the work stoppage, substantive improvements wait in peril until both sides return to the negotiating table on June 7.

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About Jeff Nixon

Jeff was a first team consensus All-American from the University of Richmond in 1978. He is 7th in NCAA history with 23 career interceptions. Played for the Buffalo Bills 1979-1984. Led the team with 6 interceptions in Rookie Year. Holds Bills record for 4 takeaways in a single game - 3 interceptions and a fumble recovery. Tied Bills record with four consecutive games with an interception. After 5 knee surgeries Jeff retired from pro football in 1985. He worked for 13 years (1988-2000) as the Youth Bureau Director for Buffalo and Erie County. He has worked for the past 11 years as the Youth Employment Director for Buffalo. Plays guitar and was voted best R&B guitar player by Buffalo Nightlife Magazine in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Posted on May 21, 2011, in NFL Alumni News and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. DWIGHT STONE

    ?????? So if a player(s) played from 1984-1994…his pension will not increase? If that’s the case, it’s wrong not to reward the players, who started their career before 1993 and were able to continue to play after 1993.

    *GOD BLESS!!*
    D. STONE

    • Dwight:

      I agree with you 100%. It is not fair, especially when you consider that there are some guys that played through the strikes of both ’82 and ’87 and they would be left out in the cold because they had a season that went into ’93 or later.

      Both the NFLPA and the NFL have stated that they want to do something for the pre-1993 players. I would suggest that, at the very least, we have some type of pension increase that would be paid out to guys for the years they played before 1993. For example, your career went from 1987 to 2000. You should get something for the 6 years you played (1987 to 1992) before 1993.

      Another example: If a player entered the league in 1992 and played until 2002 they would get at least one year credit for 1992.

  2. Jerry Sisemore

    Brother Jeff,

    Clarify Mark’s statement regarding who will realize the pension increase,
    IF there is an increase.
    IF we live long enough….

    Blessings Of Strength,
    jsisemore

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