From the Office of the NFL Commissioner

We received the following communication from Joe Browne, Senior Advisor to the Commissioner and we wanted to make sure that as many retired players as possible had an opportunity to read the correspondence.

Dear Retired Player:

The following items may interest you:

Attached is a four-page summary of the recent record-based study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of all retirees who played in the NFL for at least five seasons from 1959 through 1988.  We previewed this study in the most recent NFL RETIRED PLAYER NEWS that was emailed to you on April 24. NIOSH also sent via regular mail a copy of this same information to the 3,439 players whose records were used for the study.

More than 250 retirees who had been waiting to hear from the Pension Benefit office in Baltimore regarding their Legacy payments were mailed information on their individual cases in recent weeks.  One of the last group of retirees to receive information will be those players who have QDROs and also receive Disability Benefits.  Also, the 320 widows and other beneficiaries of vested pre-93 players who died prior to the 2011 CBA being signed still are awaiting word from the NFLPA regarding those Legacy benefits.  The league is on record as stating they it will pay 51% of the costs for the widows benefit if the NFLPA pays the balance.

The NFL Alumni Association announced over this past weekend at a Board meeting in Arizona the resignation of Executive Director George Martin, who had served in that post since October, 2009.  Ex-Giants quarterback Joe Pisarcik, who serves as the non-salaried President of the Alumni Association, also will act as interim Executive Director until a fulltime successor is named. Incidentally, the Association’s annual Super Bowl of Golf, which matches winning teams from all local Alumni chapters, was  held in conjunction with the Board meeting and was won by a team led by ex-Bears quarterback Jim McMahon. Congratulations.

All of us in the NFL family mourn the death of NFL great Junior Seau last week.  There will be a private memorial service and burial this Friday, May 11 in Oceanside, California followed by a public memorial that same night at Qualcomm Stadium, the home of the Chargers and site for many of Junior’s on-the field heroics.

Joe Browne

Senior Advisor to the Commissioner

Attachment:   NFL_Health_Study_3-29-12


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 8, 2012, in NFL Alumni News. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Robbie Jones

    God bless Mr. Seau and his family during this tragic time. Hey Joe Browne, did you know that Stacy Robinson passed away this week as well?

  2. “Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.’ ” ~ Mark Twain’s Own Autobiography: The Chapters from the North American Review

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