- Created on Thursday, 28 July 2011 15:27
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Khalil Garriott-Pro Player Insiders
“First of all, I was surprised that they came out and listed names—my name in particular—without me having given permission to even use it,” said Jack Youngblood, a 2001 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “I had no idea what this lawsuit was all about in the first place. When I saw my name on this letter that I had not requested to be a part of, it was a shock to me.”
The letter, which the Hall of Famers do not endorse, asks for retired player support of the Carl Eller 2 class-action lawsuit against the NFL and NFLPA. They did not authorize their names to be used in this fashion, the NFLPA has learned.
Several of the NFL legends went on record to discuss the situation.
“I do not want my name associated with the potential lawsuit against the NFL and NFL Players Association,” said Class of 2008 inductee Fred Dean. “I wasn’t aware of what was being done.”
Class of 1975 Hall of Famer Lenny Moore wants to publicly make clear that in no way, shape or form does he support a lawsuit against either the NFL or NFLPA.
“I just want it known that we’re for anything that’s already been negotiated,” Moore said. “And I definitely didn’t want my name hooked in with anything that was delaying this process. Now that the process has gone through, that’s where my name is linked because that’s who I am a part of.”
The Hall of Famers were told by Michael Hausfeld and Eller that they believed they wanted to be heard, so Hausfeld and Eller started a petition that was different from the lawsuit. Their approach in selling the former players something different than the truth resulted in many former players being blindsided.
The letter, which went out in support of the lawsuit, named dozens of Hall of Famers to leverage their fame in order to get other members to sign up. Those football greats have spoken out against it, saying they don’t want to be responsible for getting in the way of a fair settlement agreement and that they were tricked into believing their names were used under false pretenses.
“I do not want to have my name involved in any lawsuit,” said Mel Renfro, a 1996 inductee into Canton.
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