Jury: NFL Union Owes Retirees $28.1M

That includes $7.1M for leaving ex-players out of video games, cards
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 11, 2008 6:49 AM CST
Former NFL player Herb Adderley sits in a room full of memorabilia of his playing days with the Green Bay Packers, at his home in Mantua, NJ, Oct. 2, 2008.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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(Newser) – The NFL Players’ Association must pay $28.1 million to retired players after failing to properly market their images, a federal jury ruled yesterday. The union owes players $7.1 million in damages for leaving them out of video games, trading cards, and other sponsorship deals. Hall of Famer Herb Adderly, 69, filed the lawsuit last year on behalf of 2,056 retirees, the AP reports.

Adderley showed up every day in court, weeping when the verdict was read. “I won three Super Bowls and this feels better than all of them combined," he said. "I always felt I had one big play left." But the union’s acting director says he’ll ask the trial judge to toss the verdict; failing that, he’ll appeal the decision.