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The "88 Plan" Named for Pro Football Hall of Famer and NFL legend John Mackey who wore jersey number 88 for the Baltimore Colts. The 88 Plan provides retired players up to $88,000 per year for medical and custodial care resulting from dementia, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Funding for dementia research is also being provided.

Details of the 88 Plan are available here in PDF Form. It is important that you know and understand the benefit as it applies in your situation. This benefit may affect the amount of money received for the retirees pension and or disability benefit.

More information may be available here:
88 Plan
200 St. Paul Place, Suite 2420
Baltimore, MD 21202-2040
800-638-3186

Currently the effects of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), concussion and the long range effects of chronic head trauma are being studied due in part to the awareness brought forth by the Mackey's. Most recent developments include: The resigning of two doctors that served the NFL and its disability program as part of the denying campaign for the last couple decades. The introduction of neutral neurologists for teams and weekly games being played. A series of rules which dictate the conditions upon which a player will be allowed to continue or return to play after sustaining a head injury. It has become clear that there is an association between head injury and long term brain deterioration.

3 and 1/2 hours of Video of the NFL & Congressional Hearing on Head Injury is available HERE. If you have time and want to get a sense of the positions taken by the NFL, the NFL Players Association and the independent experts, reviewing this video is worthy of your time. It actually makes me a little nervous that the union leadership never confronts and always sides with the NFL management.

While the NFL posts the 88 plan in its Feb 2008 list of "Expanded Benefit Initiative", the plan had already been in place since 2007 and the Mackey's had brought it to their attention well before 2005 having already implemented their own John Mackey Fund.

Totally separate from the 88 plan implemented by the NFL is The John Mackey Fund . The John Mackey Fund was established in 2005 to raise public awareness and fund research to find a cure for Frontotemporal Dementias. The fund is run by John's Daughter Laura Mackey


The John Mackey Fund, Inc.
201 North Charles Street, Suite 2404
Baltimore, MD 21202