NFL Retired
a single location for retiree resources
NFL RETIRED
FINANCIAL, MEDICAL and WELFARE BENEFITS OR SERVICES PROVIDED BY
"THE ALLIANCE"
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1-800-635-4625
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This page and its contents are entirely informational. As a former player, I recognize how difficult it is to find what you need when you need it. I hope this helps.

The NFL (Management) and the NFLPA (Labor) are the primary authorities in negotiating post career benefits provided to retired NFL players through a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and administering the majority of those benefits through the NFL Player Care Foundation.  On April 24, 2007 the NFL, NFL Players Association, NFL Retired Players Association, NFL Alumni Association, NFL Charities and Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the formation of "The Alliance" to provide support services to former players.

In addition, a number of groups have cropped up due to poor performance, lack of trust, and impropriety of fiduciary duties of the primary authorities in administrating and or achieving acceptable results for retirees. Multiple accounts of denial of benefits, difficulty of retirees ability to actually completing complicated application forms and other delay, dismiss and deny tactics actually resulted in mental, physical, monetary loss and even death. Recent congressional pressure (brought forth by the growing list of advocacy groups) regarding the denial of the NFL to admit that concussion has a long term detrimental affect on the brain has forced the NFL and "Alliance" to show progress towards improved working conditions for current player and improved disability procedures for retirees. GridironGreats lead by Hall of Famer Mike Ditka, FourthandGoal lead by Bruce Laird, as well as Bernie Parrish, Dave Pear Independent Retired Football Players, Brent Boyd's Dignity After Football and many others have all played key roles in bringing evidence to the forefront. In addition, several of these groups have taken it upon themselves to find the resources needed to help out their fellow teammates and NFL retirees.

It is my hope with these pages to compile a single resource for retirees to find the help they need and point them in the right direction to receive the benefits and other help which is available to them (us). I am NOT an authority on these resources just another NFL retiree trying to make sense out of what is available and how to get it. I fear that by the time I need some of these resources the effects of my head injuries may compromise my ability to understand how to get them. So, to the extent that this serves a purpose for the loved ones of retirees, I hope they are able to understand that there is no one simple answer. At least there isn't yet one phone number, one address or one person you can call to get all of this explained. The fight has been going on for years..