NFL Retired Players Class Action Suit against the NFLPA
January 26, 2009
Hosted by Jeff Nixon
Jeff Nixon’s guest on his inaugural show is Bruce Laird. Between 1974 and 1981, Bruce started 114 of the Baltimore Colts’ 118 regular season games. In his rookie year, Bruce led the NFL in combined punt and kickoff return yardage with 1,146 which earned him a Pro Bowl berth in 1972. Bruce is the President of “Fourth & Goal” an organization established to improve the NFL’s pension and disability plans and provide financial assistance to retired players in need. The organization’s advocacy efforts have been instrumental in improving these benefits for retired players, including the formation of the 88 Plan, named after ex-Colt John Mackey and benefiting retired players who, like Mackey, suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s. The show will focus on the $28 million Class Action Suit that was recently won by retired players. During the trial, Bruce testified on behalf of retired players. Bruce discusses this issue in the HBO “Real Sports" program that begins airing on January 20, 2009.
Jeff Nixon Sports Report
Archives available on VoiceAmerica Sports Channel
Do you want the TRUTH? Can you handle the TRUTH? It’s time to put on your thinking cap and get the answers to all your questions about the NFL. The Jeff Nixon Sports Report will provide analysis of the Buffalo Bill’s games with in depth discussions with current players, retired players and fans regarding what the Buffalo Bills need to do to get back to the Superbowl…and this time win it! Jeff will examine other NFL teams and games. The show will focus on current events that affect both active and retired players including the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the NFL Disability and Pension Plans, active player conduct on and off the field, the use of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs and other issues that affect active players, retired players and the NFL in general. The show will also highlight the positive things that both active and retired players are doing in their communities.
Jeff Nixon graduated from the University of Richmond where he holds the career record for 23 interceptions at Richmond. He is a three-time All-America selection and was named First Team by five different organizations following his senior year. In 1989, Jeff was inducted into the University of Richmond Hall of Fame.
Jeff was a fourth round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 1979. He led the team with six interceptions his rookie season and was named to several all-rookie teams. In 1980 Jeff started the season in dramatic fashion by intercepting three passes against the Miami Dolphins which helped the Bills win the game and end the longest head-to-head team losing streak in NFL history. Jeff was Sports Illustrated's - Defensive Player of the Month in September of 1980. Jeff retired in 1985 and is now living in Buffalo, New York. He is married to recording artist Joyce Wilson-Nixon and together they have 5 children; Charles, Damien, Libran, Jena and Jeff. He is currently the Youth Service Director for the Buffalo Employment and Training Center where he provides jobs, career counseling, work readiness training and employment opportunities to low-income, underprivileged youth.
Jeff has been working on NFL retired player issues and moderates the blog "NFL Retired Players United". He also sits on the Board of Directors for two organizations that are also working on retired players issues: Fourth and Goal and the Retired Football Players Association.