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first_imgThe newly formed players-only Hall of Fame Board, made up of Pro Football Hall of Fame players, are threatening a boycott of induction ceremonies unless Hall of Fame members receive health insurance and an annual salary that includes a share of NFL revenues.ESPN obtained a copy of the memo sent to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker. ESPN shared the text to Twitter on Tuesday morning. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. ‘I shouldn’t be out there anymore’: why Vontae Davis retired at half-time NFL jerryrice (@JerryRice)pic.twitter.com/NrZyliGt8JSeptember 18, 2018 Share on Messenger Support The Guardian In the letter published by ESPN, players reference Major League Baseball’s lifetime health coverage afforded any player who serves a single day on a big-league roster, and point to the established $620m “Legacy Fund” as one of the NFL’s “cynical public relations ploys that fail to help those who desperately need it”. US sports Topics Share on LinkedIncenter_img Since you’re here… Read more Reuse this content Former Rams running back Eric Dickerson is the chairman of the board created to represent the pursuit of health care and a piece of the NFL’s massive revenue pie.The Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, has undergone an enormous construction project in recent years – Hall of Fame Village, aided by a giant sponsorship deal with Johnson Controls – that includes a retirement center for players, who would receive healthcare on the premises. The project also included a new stadium and will bring multiple football fields for youth participation initiatives.The letter claims the Hall of Fame Board also includes Marcus Allen, Mel Blount, Derrick Brooks, Jim Brown, Earl Campbell, Richard Dent, Carl Ellard, Marshall Faulk, Mike Haynes, Rickey Jackson, Ronnie Lott, Curtis Martin, Joe Namath, John Randle, Deion Sanders, Bruce Smith, Jackie Smith, Lawrence Taylor and Reggie White’s widow, Sarah White.However, it also listed retired quarterback Kurt Warner (St Louis Rams, New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals) and San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders great Jerry Rice, who denied he was in any way associated with the effort. Rice said he supports the message of lifetime health benefits.“I plan to support the Pro Football Hall of Fame and look forward to attending the 100th anniversary in 2020,” Rice said via Twitter. Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Twitterlast_img read more