Joe DeLamielleure, the Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman, plans to object to the proposed
“I’m going to tell everyone I know to object,” said DeLamielleure, who played for the
The information packet mailed to each retired player that includes a 24-page summary of the proposed settlement didn't assuage DeLamielleure's concerns. Neither did an August meeting, in Canton, Ohio, before the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions, with attorneys who negotiated the settlement.
A longtime critic of the NFL and
Retired players have until Oct. 14 to object or opt out of the settlement. If enough retired players object, DeLamielleure believes they can unravel the settlement.
"It's going to take 4,000 to 5,000 guys to object or opt out," he said. "But I bet there's not even 4,000 or 5,000 guys who know this is going on."
On Wednesday, an attorney for the family of the late
Others are waiting to make a decision on their participation until they know the outcome of next week's hearing in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, where seven retired players asked the court to intervene in the proposed settlement.
"Any objection threatens to delay approval of this settlement and endanger its guaranteed benefits for retired players who are in desperate need," plaintiffs' co-counsel Christopher Seeger said in a statement. "We look forward to finalizing this agreement so that former NFL players can soon begin taking advantage of its benefits."