The NeedMany NFL players who helped build, shape, and mold the NFL into what it is today, are paying the price physically, mentally, and emotionally from their on-the-field efforts as an NFL player.
And some retired players, who played in past NFL eras, have not benefited from some of the benefits and pensions of the modern era. Hence, they lack adequate disability, rehabilitation, health insurance and retirement programs to allow for, and maintain a quality of life and financial security for themselves and their families.
Today, as a retired NFL player, many players find themselves with physical limitations, medical issues or other hardships. Many older retired players are unable and cannot cover the medical and other expenses needed for the treatment of the effects of their football related injuries.
Many of these players are not covered, or adequately covered, by the NFL pension or the NFLPA benefits. They are faced with the insurmountable costs and have no where to go for help.
And yes, some of these older players, who have given so much to the game during their NFL careers, often feel embarrassed by their predicament, become hopeless, living in loneliness and isolation, desperate for help.
If you are a retired NFL player, or if you know of former player in need of GGAF support, contact the GGAF offices at firstname.lastname@example.org
The FundThe Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund raises money to be immediately dispersed to retired NFL players, while also funding the GGAF programs and services. Donations are tax deductible. The GGAF is registered as a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation with the Internal Revenue Service, a copy of that document is available on request.
The Fund has been established to help retired NFL players with one-time and/or on-going services and/or financial aid.
The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund is supported through numerous donations and fundraising activities throughout the year including special events, auctions of memorabilia, autograph events, corporate and public donation drives, sponsorships and special Super Bowl related events.
Retired players may apply for temporary assistance for medical costs as well as some of the basic necessities of life including, but not limited to, food, housing, transportation, clothing and other basic needs.
In addition to financial support, the Fund also assists with the coordination and resourcing of other types of assistance that may be available through a variety of different agencies and social services. Efforts are also made to secure "pro bono" medical care, medications, and other needs specific to the player.