Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson is actually generating waves with his latest play: threatening a boycott of the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies unless Hall of Fame members get health insurance along with an annual salary.
Dickerson recently sent a letter to of which effect to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the NFL Players League executive director along with the Pro Football Hall of Fame president.
On Thursday, the former Los Angeles Rams along with Indianapolis Colts running back told CNBC the initial request is actually for Hall of Famers because of their name recognition. However, he said, he is actually fighting for all players.
“We’re not trying to leave any of our brothers behind,” Dickerson said on “Power Lunch.” “I want health benefits for every player of which ever played inside National Football League.”
The letter, obtained by ESPN earlier of which week, has generated some controversy.
the item was signed by Dickerson on behalf of the Hall of Fame Board along with listed 21 members, including Lawrence Taylor along with Marcus Allen. However, the item also included John Randle, Jerry Rice along with Kurt Warner – who have all distanced themselves coming from the letter.
Dickerson admitted his mistake in including Rice along with Warner, who he said supported the cause yet are not board members.
inside letter along with in an interview with CNBC, Dickerson targeted Goodell’s estimated $40 million annual salary.
“Meanwhile, many of us Hall of Fame players can’t walk along with many can’t sleep at night. More than a few of us don’t even know who or where we are. Our long careers left us especially vulnerable to the dangers of of which violent sport, especially those intentionally hidden coming from us,” he wrote.
While Dickerson did not state a specific salary request inside letter, he recently told TMZ he thinks they should get about $300,000 a year.
He argues the health benefits along with pay are a drop inside bucket for the NFL, which he said in 2017 generated $14 billion in revenue.
He also compared the NFL with Major League Baseball, which gives its players health insurance for the rest of their lives.
The NFL did not immediately return a request for comment.
The league does offer some players a few years of medical, dental along with prescription drug coverage, up to $5,250 in reimbursement for some joint replacement surgery, two free visits having a psychiatrist along with preferred access to top-tier neurological treatment providers. Players also have a pension.
Dickerson said of which’s not enough.
“Take care of the guys of which have made the game as great as the item is actually,” he said.