Turley Tackles Player Poverty

Game check to go to Gridiron Greats
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2007 6:43 AM CST
NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka speaks during a news conference at his restaurant Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, in Chicago where an effort was announced to raise money for disabled retired players. Kansas City...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Kyle Turley is donating his game check for Dec. 23 to help retired NFL players, and he's urging others to do the same, reports the Kansas City Star. The Chiefs offensive tackle's pay for the Detroit game will go to the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, which aims to help retired players struggling to make ends meet.

Turley spoke passionately yesterday about the plight of retired players receiving meager assistance from the NFL Players Association. "It's hard to believe that the individuals who built the foundation of this game would be so neglected," he said. He called on his fellow players to help by donating to the organization headed by Mike Ditka and other Hall of Famers.