Eric Dickerson, Jerry Rice and other Hall of Famers threaten boycott of induction ceremonies over benefits
A group of Pro Football Hall of Famers is demanding health insurance coverage and a share of NFL revenues or else those former players will boycott the induction ceremonies.
In a letter sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Players Assn. Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and Hall of Fame President David Baker — and obtained by the Associated Press — 21 Hall of Fame members cited themselves as “integral to the creation of the modern NFL, which in 2017 generated $14 billion in revenue.”
Among the signees were Rams great Eric Dickerson, who is listed as chairman of the newly created Hall of Fame Board the group has formed, along with Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Namath, Lawrence Taylor and Sarah White, the widow of Reggie White.
Another name on the list was Carl Ellard, though no one by that name has played in the NFL. Former Vikings defensive end Carl Eller, however, is a Hall of Famer.
The strongly worded letter called out the league for paying Goodell $40 million, saying “there are better uses for that money.” It also criticized Smith for his salary and complained of a lack of former players on the union’s executive board. But there have been two former players on that board since 2009.
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