Former NFL Player’s Estate Wins Disability Benefits

By | December 18, 2006

  • December 19, 2006 at 8:31 am
    Mary says:
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    Although I feel compassion for the disabilities he suffered, I have two questions:
    1) When choosing a career in football, the individual knows what the potention for injuries are. This a a free country whereby we \”choose\” our occupation. He knew what he was doing when choosing to play ball.
    2) What happened to all the monies he made during his career? Most of us don\’t make in our lifetime what some players are paid in 2 years. It\’s sad to hear he was \”homeless\” when so many people are able to keep roofs over the head making salaries under $25,000.

  • December 19, 2006 at 10:05 am
    LLCJ says:
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    To answer Mary\’s questions:

    1. Regardless of career choice, you should be eligible for the benefits that they tell you you have. In MW\’s case, the NFL denied him coverage.

    2. NFL Players don\’t necessarily make that much, especially in the 70s and early 80s. In addition, the NFL\’s benefits are notoriously crappy. Even Joe Montana the famous SF 49ers quarterback is fighting the league over benefits.

    Regardless of how much he made, it has nothing to do with his case. This case is about him getting the benefits that he was denied.

  • December 19, 2006 at 12:05 pm
    Linda says:
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    I agree with LLCJ. I wonder if Mary would want her family to fight for her benefits if it was she who was being denied. My mother had cancer and was denied social security disability benefits at a time when she really needed them. Sadly, they relented and paid the benefits after her death.



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