That’s our call after a group of former National Football League greats injected the
In a letter sent
If Dickerson, chairman of a new “board” that says it represents all Hall of Fame players, wanted to bring attention to the plight of former
If he wanted to garner sympathy for members of the Hall of Fame, however, he failed miserably.
It’s one thing to argue on behalf of the health of rank-and-file players, many who could use assistance following careers that average little more than three years and sometimes end with lifelong medical issues. It’s quite another to contend only players who achieved the pinnacle of their profession should receive wildly lucrative perks, like huge pensions, that the group seeks exclusively for itself.
The letter was sent to
It also cites the nearly
A few facts:
• Funding for Hall of
• A sizable chunk of the Village project is earmarked for the
• Last year alone, the Hall paid out more than
In short, Dickerson and his “Hall of Fame Board” (completely separate from the HOF and its governing board) has no legitimate beef with the Hall of Fame, but no other real avenue to exert pressure on the league and union. Canton, the second home for these players, where they are treated like conquering heroes upon their return each summer, is caught in the crossfire.
As is the case with most boycotts, it’s the little guy — perhaps a vendor, hotel maintenance employee, security guard, bus driver and many others — who would suffer.
A few Gold Jackets whose names appear on the letter quickly clarified they don’t support any kind of boycott against Canton, the Hall or its enshrinement-related activities in their less strident request that focuses on more comprehensive health care for ex-players. That’s a subject we can get behind, and we thank those men for (as the saying goes) seeing the whole field.
To Dickerson and the others who are digging in, we say: After further review, our call stands.
--- The Canton Repository
CREDIT: THE CANTON REPOSITORY