Help is coming for retired NFL players

Paul KasprzakContributor IMarch 22, 2010

Lost in the fray of the National Football League ownership meetings is some good news for retired NFL players.  That being some help is finally on their way with the passage of the Health Care Bill in congress.

In the Health Care Bill people cannot be denied coverage due to preexisting conditions when applying.  That has been a major problem as health insurance companies for years have been denying retired football players for years due to preexisting conditions.

Of course upon seeing the passage of the bill I called one guy.  That being the one and only Joe Delamielleure who has been a tireless advocate of the retired players fight for better pensions and disability reform.

“I am hopeful, but there are still questions,” Joe said about the new bill in regards to the possibility.

The one thing that blew me away was the point that there are no doctors on the board that determines disability claims for former NFL players.  The board is comprised of agent Tom Condon, former Atlanta Falcon Jeff Van Note and former Chicago Bear safety Dave Duerson.

How can these men decipher medical records and figure out if a person is disabled or not when they have no background in the medical field.

There are former players that are only getting $100 a month.  One of them is Rich Saul who played in the NFL for 12 years and is only getting $131.

In the end, hopefully this is finally a step in the right direction as I myself know all too well the struggles of life after football with injuries.