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AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE (AFL) 1960 - 1969
Remember the Players
of the AFL

          American Football League fans may be aware of the fact that recently many retired Professional Football players have brought to light the inequity of the retirement benefits they receive.   Several Hall of Fame players receive less than $300 in monthly retirements.  Some players who suffered concussions have waited so long for medical benefits from the league or the players' union that sadly, they have passed away. 
          Players too numerous to mention have had to have multiple replacements of knees or hips, or both; many suffer concussion-related dementia.   And the stories of the red tape and degrading inquisitions they must go through to get help from the union or league are enough to bring tears to a strong man's eyes.  Of course, all former American Football League players are now either retired or deceased, so they, too have suffered from the inaction of the Pro Football establishment.
           I recently received an e-mail from an American Football League fan who had asked my help in contacting former AFL players to sign their football cards for him.  His name is Martin Davidson, and he found the AFL players to be gracious and happy to sign his cards, most of them without any fee.  This generosity led Martin to offer to donate $500 "to an organization that supports AFL players".  I suggested that he contact Mike Ditka's Gridiron Greats organization, which has a "dire needs" fund for retired players, regardless of the league they played in.  Martin did so, and found that he could make a contribution to be earmarked to help former American Football League players.  Martin asked me to thank his AFL heroes by posting the letter below.

          I would like to thank all of the players who signed my 1965 Topps card set. Since you guys declined a signing fee I have contributed $500 to GRIDIRON GREATS on your behalf and specified that this money be used to assist former American Football League players.  I can't think of a more worthwhile charity to support.  You guys are the best!

Martin Davidson

              As a result of Martin's experience, I, too, am sending a check to Gridiron Greats.  I ask that all fans of the late, great American Football League follow suit, and like Martin and I, make a contribution on behalf of your American Football League heroes, to be used to assist former American Football League players.
               To read about Gridiron Greats, and to arrange to make a contribution to their good cause, see below.  Thanks!  
               Listed below after Gridiron Greats are several other individuals or organized retired player groups, and others who are fighting for improved benefits for players, including American Football League players, who helped make Professional Football what it is today,  

  http://www.gridirongreats.org/
847-509-3086
info@gridirongreats.com

 



   
Go to
www.retiredfootballplayerslawsuit.com or call ex-player Bob Stein (612-961-7356) to learn about Dryer v. NFL
    This is
the class action on use of your identity and publicity rights in NFL Films, etc. 
     The case is for both star and non-star players and includes all retired Professional Football players whether or not vested for the pension.

Jon Arnett's Retired Professional Athletes Association
Bruce Laird's Fourth & Goal

Brent Boyd's Dignity After Football

Dave Pear's Blog
Independent
Football Veterans
http://www.footballvets.org/blog/

Retired Players
http://retiredplayers.org/
Broncos Endzone Sports Charities

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       A new venture is being started: SCHOOL OF THE LEGENDS.  It will feature former Professional Football players from all eras in "the greatest online football experience", and pay royalties to all former players who have signed on to the venture.  It's sort of a facebook for Professional Football players and fans.    
         If you register on the site, you can then select a player and click on "Add Legend" to become that player's fan.  Every time a player's page is visited, he gets a royalty. I'm hopeful that the marketing will include former American Football League players, and items like the AFL Legacy gear that was so popular in 2009, and that AFL fans' "friending" AFL players will help them benefit.

Remember the AFL ~ Ange Coniglio

 

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