$10 Million Added to NFL Retirees Fund

Money will target joint replacement, other medical concerns
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2007 10:26 PM CDT
Former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka, right, accompanied by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, center, and National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Executive Director Gene Upshaw, testifies...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The medical fund the NFL established in July for its retired players will receive a $10 million boost. The money will be added to the $7 million already in the fund and be used for joint replacement surgery, cardiovascular screening and assisted living. “We're continuing to work on the other needs of retired players,” said commissioner Roger Goodell, according to the AP.

The fund was established last year after a group of retirees accused the NFL Player’s Association of focusing on current players while ignoring former ones. It was only the most recent incident of ex-players complaining about inadequate pensions. The money for the fund came from the both NFL and the NFLPA, and is augmented with player fines and funds from various retired players groups.