Martin implores Goodell, Smith to increase pensions across the board
The following is text of a letter sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith from NFL Alumni Executive Director George Martin. In the letter, Martin addresses improvements to pension for all alumni, survivors benefits and the disability system.
June 13, 2011
Dear Roger and DeMaurice:
I am encouraged by your recent return to discussions concerning the Collective Bargaining Agreement and will continue to follow your progress with optimism. As you strive toward resolution, I strongly urge both of you to remember the men who laid the foundation for the game’s present day success. I encourage you to seize the tremendous opportunity before you and substantially improve the quality of life for all alumni.
Today there are many alumni who played prior to 1993 that receive meager payments for their sacrifice and dedication to the game. Again, I implore you to make significant improvements in the following areas:
- Across the board pension increase, with equitable increases for alumni who played prior to 1993.
- Increase the benefit paid to widows and survivors of NFL alumni.
- Improve the disability plan by extending or eliminating the 15 year window of opportunity for filing for Line of Duty benefits.
- Improve Career Transition training and post-NFL opportunities for NFL alumni.
- Institute post-retirement medical examinations for alumni that will provide a baseline for prevention, monitoring and treatment.
- Add a dental benefit and expand existing medical programs to include treatment of common conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure.
Over 200 alumni have passed since CBA negotiations began. Gentlemen, the clock is ticking and with each passing day we lose another legend of the game. Now is the time to correct past failures and make the future of all alumni much brighter. If not now, when?
Executive Director and President, NFL Alumni