Only 1% Of NFLers Donated To Troubled Alumni

It seems like hardly a week goes by without hearing another sad story about a former NFL player from the 1970s and earlier. Some have debilitating health problems, and others can barely put enough money together to scrape by. We live in a time in which our athletes are overvalued, but the abuse that old players took for very little pay is troubling (there are enough ex-linemen dropping dead at the age of 50 to see that).

NFL Players Won't Donate To Charity

So, it shouldn’t be too much to ask for the millionaires playing in today’s NFL to chip in a small percentage of their salary to help the guys who paved the way for them. In fact, Vikings center Matt Birk sent a letter to all 1,700 players in the league asking them to donate a portion of their check for one game in December to the Gridiron Greats Asssistance Fund, which provides help to ex-players with health and/or financial issues.

So how many decided that it was a worthy cause? About 20.

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Kyle Turley To Robert Smith: ‘*BLEEP* You, Then!’

Good to see Kyle Turley is still his same ol’ fiery self. The ex-Saint, ex-Ram & ex-Chief best known for his Jets helmet toss was on Dan Le Batard’s radio show on Wednesday, talking about the problems many former NFL players are having trying to get disability benefits.

Kyle Turley Robert Smith

Joining Turley in the discussion was ex-Viking Robert Smith, putting the point forward for the NFL Players’ Association. And what started out as a calm debate eventually turned a bit nasty.

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