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The NFL, NFL Players Association, NFL Retired Players Association, NFL Alumni Association, NFL Charities and Pro Football Hall of Fame have combined to form "The Alliance". In a message released in April 2007, this group has been formed to provide support services to former players.

This Alliance on the surface seems like a nice idea to bring together a variety of groups for the benefit of former players. Let's evaluate this a little more closely.

1.  All of the groups listed above are owned or operated by the same group, The NFL Management with the exception of the NFL Players Association. (NFL Alumni, Charities and Hall of Fame leadership Appointed by NFL Management not voted on by retired players)

2.  The NFL Players Association (Union) was found guilty by a jury and awarded retired NFL players $28.1 million in damages after determining that union leaders had been ignoring terms of contracts governing how players' images were marketed. The case dealt with how retirees are reimbursed when their images are utilized in video games, sports trading cards and other sports marketing deals.

Thus, as it has been explained by so many NFL retirees, there is little or no voice given to current retirees. This very elementary detail has brought forth groups like Gridiron Greats, Fourth and Goal, and others to take things into their own hands. In effect, if the NFL and Union won't do what they're supposed to due, then these groups will make sure that at the very least, those who are in "dire need" will have a means to get some help from charity. It's an unfortunate reality, that retirees have been denied disability medical services, have inadequate pension programs, and have been screwed by their own union for millions of dollars. So it should come as no surprise that many of the retirees don't trust anyone.

The Alliance has a very large hill to climb to earn the trust and respect of the men who made the league great.