Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ex-New York Giant: NFL doesn't care about former players


Derrick Ward played for the New York Giants from 2004 to 2008 before playing a few seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Houston Texans, too. So, it's safe to say that Ward knows what it is like to play in the National Football League.

However, the 33-year-old, who is now a full-time screen writer, recently expressed his discontent with how the league treats former players, basically saying that the NFL could care less about players of the past.

"I’ve come to realize after you're retired and done with football, the NFL doesn’t care about former players." Ward says. 

"Once you leave the league, it's a wrap -- no support physically, mentally, financially, etc."

There are some programs set up to help former players transition back to life outside of football. Namely, a pension plan. But Ward claims that this program and others are not very good.

"Yes, there's a pension. You have to play 3 years and you can't touch it until you're 55. Guess what the average NFL life span is? 53.5 years (according to a recent Harvard study). Most likely 80 percent of NFL players will never see that money."

Ward isn't the first ex-player who has shared this sentiment. Many have come forward in recent years to share their displeasure with how the league allegedly supports players once they are gone.

Via TMZ Sports

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