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National Football League Players Association

Poor pensions take dignity from former pro football players

Poor pensions take dignity from former pro football players

My late husband John Mackey dedicated his life to the game of football. After being selected by the Baltimore Colts in the second round of the 1963 NFL Draft, John went on to play nine seasons for them and one for the San Diego Chargers. He was a five-time Pro Bowler, a Super Bowl champion and eventually a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Despite this amazing career, John’s legacy truly lives on for his contributions off the field. In 1970, John became the first president of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA).

It is difficult to summarize John’s contributions to player advocacy on paper. He started his career at a time in history when he was told he couldn’t stay in...

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