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
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
More information may be available here:
200 St. Paul Place, Suite 2420
Baltimore, MD 21202-2040
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
. 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
", the plan had already been in place since
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