Ron Katz and the Retired Player Class Action Suit

June 15, 2009
Hosted by Jeff Nixon

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A 1972 graduate of the Harvard Law School & a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Ron Katz first represented retired professional athletes when he won the first and only jury verdict against Major League Baseball in the late 1990's. He brought suit on behalf of a class of 2062 retired professional football players against their union, the NFLPA, in 2007 for using their likenesses without payment, particularly in the Electronic Arts Madden video games. In November, 2008, that class prevailed in a jury trial, winning $7.1 million in actual damages and $21 million in punitive damages. That case settled last week when the union agreed to pay $26.25 million to the class members.

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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.

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Jeff Nixon

Jeff Nixon

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.

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Herb Adderley

Herb Adderley started for the Packers from 1961-69, then played three seasons (1970-72) with the Dallas Cowboys. While with the Packers, he won rings in Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II. Adderley was a major factor in the Packers' Super Bowl II win over the Oakland Raiders, intercepting a pass by Raiders quarterback Daryle Lamonica in the fourth quarter and returning it 60 yards for a touchdown to put the game away. This was the first Super Bowl touchdown on an intercepted pass. After joining the Cowboys, Adderley became a vital cog in Dallas' "Doomsday Defense," assisting the Cowboys to a Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl V and a championship win in Super Bowl VI. Guest Herb Adderley

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Larry Ball

Larry Ball was drafted out of University of Louisville in the 1972 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. He played Linebacker for the Dolphins 1972, 1973 and 74. He also played for the the Detroit Lions in 1975 and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976 before returning to Miami for two years and finishing his NFL Career in 1978. During his NFL career, he participated in 79 games. Larry Ball Ball is one of only two players in NFL history to play for both an undefeated team, the 1972 Miami Dolphins, and a winless team, the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Larry played for 7 years in the NFL and retired in 1979. He currently works at Dr. Michael M. Krop High School in Miami, Florida. Larry is also a member of the Board of Directors for the NFL Alumni. Guest Larry Ball

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Steve Bartkowski

Steve Bartkowski played for the Atlanta Falcons (1975-1985) and the Los Angeles Rams (1986). Bartkowski was a consensus All-American his senior season in 1974 at the University of California, Berkeley. Steve was chosen with the 1st overall pick in the 1975 NFL Draft, ahead of Walter Payton, by the Atlanta Falcons and was the NFL Rookie of the Year as well as The Sporting News NFC Rookie of the Year in 1975. He was the first client of legendary sports agent Leigh Steinberg. Steve is one of only seven quarterbacks in NFL history who have achieved two consecutive (back-to-back) 30-touchdown passing seasons (1980 & 1981) at least one time in their career. The others are Brett Favre, Dan Fouts, Jeff Garcia, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino and Y.A. Tittle. Steve was selected to the Pro Bowl after both the 1980 and 1981 seasons and was selected 2nd Team All-NFC following the 1980 campaign. Steve led the NFL in passing in 1983 with a passer rating of 97.6. Guest Steve Bartkowski

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Cornelius Bennett

Cornelius Bennett played for the University of Alabama from 1983-1986. He was a first selection on the College Football All-America Team 3 times (1984–1986). As a senior, he won the Lombardi Award, SEC Player of the Year honors, and finished 7th in balloting for the Heisman Trophy. He played for the Buffalo Bills from 1987 to 1995, Atlanta Falcons from 1996 to 1998, and the Indianapolis Colts from 1999 to 2000. Bennett was a five time Pro Bowler, being elected in 1988, and 1990–1993, and won the AFC Defensive Player of the Year award twice (1988 and 1991). In the NFL, Bennett's talent at the left outside linebacker position helped the teams he played for to 5 Super Bowl appearances (4 with Buffalo and 1 with Atlanta), but they lost them all. In his 14 NFL seasons, he recorded 71½ sacks, 7 interceptions, 27 fumble recoveries and 3 touchdowns. Guest Cornelius Bennett

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Harry Carson's

Harry Carson's 13-year stint with the New York Football Giants is one of the longest tenures in club history. The indestructible former linebacker served as Team Captain for 10 of his 13 seasons including the 1986 season when the Giants defeated the Denver Broncos 39-20 in Super Bowl XXI. Rated the #1 "Inside Linebacker" in NFL history according to Pro Football Weekly, Carson was named to the All-Rookie Team after his first NFL season. Subsequently, during his NFL career, he was named to the All-NFL Team 7 times, the All-NFC Team 8 times, and NFC Linebacker of the Year twice. He once made an amazing 25 tackles in a Monday Night Football Game against the Green Bay Packers. With performances like that he was selected by his peers to play in the NFC-AFC Pro Bowl 9 times and is among the top 250 players to ever play in the National Football League. Harry is a member of the NFL Hall of Fame. Guest Harry Carson's

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Steve Christie

Steve Christie played for the Buffalo Bills from 1992 to 2000. In his 15 NFL seasons, Steve converted 336 of 431 field goals (77%) and 468 of 473 extra points (98%), giving him a total of 1,476 points. Steve had nine game-winning field goals in overtime, an NFL record he shares with former NFL placekicker Jim Breech. In Super Bowl 28, Steve set a Super Bowl record by kicking a 54-yard field goal. It is currently the longest field goal ever made in Super Bowl History. He was a key contributor in the Bills comeback win against the Houston Oilers, which occurred after the Bills trailed 35-3 early in the third quarter in a playoff game after the 1992 season. Christie kicked a successful onside kick, which he recovered himself and also kicked the game winning 32-yard field goal in overtime. On March 5, 2008 Steve Christie retired and the Bills officially signed him to a one day contract, allowing him to retire as a Buffalo Bill. He currently resides in Ellicottville, New York. Guest Steve Christie

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Irv Cross

Irv Cross was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round of the 1961 NFL Draft. In 1966 he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams. Then in 1969, he returned to the Eagles and became a player/coach. He retired in 1970 and became a coach for the Eagles. In 1971, Irv became the first black sports analyst on national television when he was hired as an NFL analyst and commentator for CBS Sports. He also anchored The NFL Today from its inception in 1975 through 1989. Irv also served as athletic director at Idaho State University from 1996 to 1998. Irv was the Director of Athletics at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota until May 2006. He is now the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota and is back to football commentary for Twin Cities Fox Broadcasting affiliate Fox 9. Guest Irv Cross

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Joe Delamielleure

Buffalo Bill’s Hall Of Famer Joe Delamielleure. Joe was selected by the Bills in first round of the 1973 draft. He was an All-American at Michigan State. He won numerous All-Rookie honors his first year. Joe was durable and played in 185 consecutive games. He anchored the Bills' famed "Electric Company" offensive line. Best known as the lead blocker for O. J. Simpson, the NFL's first 2000-yard rusher. He was selected All-Pro and All-AFC 1975 through 1980 . . .Named to six Pro Bowls. . .Named to the NFL's 1970s All-Decade Team. . .Born March 16, 1951 at Detroit, Michigan. Guest Joe Delamielleure

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Conrad Dobler

Conrad Dobler was drafted out of the University of Wyoming in the 1972 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He also played for the New Orleans Saints and the Buffalo Bills. Conrad was a member of the NFC's Pro Bowl roster in 1975, 1976, and 1977. Dobler is the author of a book about his playing days entitled They Call Me Dirty. Dobler paid a high price for his NFL career. Today Dobler is 90% disabled having suffered through numerous operations to repair his battered body. Still in need of further surgeries Dobler, like many other disabled NFL veterans, has been unable to gain disability assistance from the NFL Players Union. Guest Conrad Dobler

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Bob Grant

Bob Grant (Robert Bernard Grant) was born on October 14, 1946 in Jacksonville, North Carolina. After going to high school at Georgetown (Jacksonville, NC), Grant attended Wake Forest University. Grant made his professional debut in the NFL in 1968 with the Baltimore Colts. He played college football at Wake Forest University and was drafted in the second round of the 1968 NFL Draft. (50th Player Selected) He played for the Baltimore Colts and Washington Redskins over the course of his 4 year career. Bob had 5 interceptions in his career and took one of them back for a touchdown in 1970. Guest Bob Grant

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John Hannah

John Hannah joined the New England Patriots in 1973 as the 4th overall pick in the 1973 NFL Draft. He played his entire professional career in New England. John was named All-Pro 10 times (1976-1985) and All-AFC 10 times (1974, 1976-1985). John was also selected to play in 9 Pro Bowls. He is also one of the few players to have been named to the NFL All-Decade Team twice, as John was selected to both the 1970s and 1980s All-Decade Teams (joining an elite group of players who have achieved this including Walter Payton). Hannah was also selected to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, being the #1 guard in the team. In 1991 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 1999, he was ranked number 20 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, the highest-ranking Patriot, the highest-ranking guard, and the second-ranked offensive lineman behind Anthony Muñoz Guest John Hannah

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Abner Haynes

Abner Haynes helped launch the AFL in 1960, when he was the fledgling league's first Player of the Year , and its first Rookie of the Year. He captured the AFL's first rushing crown with 875 yards, and also led the Texans in receiving, punt returns, and kickoff returns. Haynes spent three years in Dallas and two with same franchise when it became the Kansas City Chiefs. In 1962, he helped the Texans win the AFL Championship in the classic double-overtime victory over the two-time defending champion Houston Oilers. At the time it was the longest professional football championship game ever played. Haynes still owns 10 franchise records, including most points in a game (30), most touchdowns in a game (5), and most career combined yards (8,442). Over his career he was regularly among the American Football League's top ten rushers, ranking third all-time, and the all-time leader in touchdowns, with 46. Guest Abner Haynes

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David Humm

David Humm was born on April 2, 1952 in Las Vegas, Nevada. After going to high school at Bishop Gorman, Dave attended the University of Nebraska. He was the Huskers' quarterback in Bob Devaney's final season, 1972, and Tom Osborne's first two seasons, 1973 and 1974. Thirty years later, many of his school records still stand, including passing yards in a career (5,035), season (2,074) and game (297). Dave was Nebraska's only 5,000 yard passer. Dave made his professional debut in the NFL in 1975 with the Oakland Raiders. Over the course of his 10 year career he played for the Oakland Raiders 1975-1979 winning two Super Bowl rings. He also played for the Buffalo Bills in 1980, the Baltimore Colts from 1981-1982 and the Los Angeles Raiders from 1983-1984.In 1988, Humm was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and lost the use of his legs in 1997. Despite this setback, he has continued as a color commentator for the Oakland Raiders, broadcasting from a studio set up in his home. Guest David Humm

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Roy Lee Jefferson

Roy Lee Jefferson played twelve seasons in the National Football League. During 162 regular season games he had 451 receptions for 7,539 yards and 52 touchdowns. Jefferson spent his first five NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1965-1969). In 1968, Jefferson led the NFL in receiving yards with 1,074. His 58 receptions and 11 touchdowns were both 2nd highest in the NFL that season. He was named 1st Team All-Pro by Associated Press (AP), the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), New York Daily News and UPI in 1969. Despite being the Steelers best offensive player, conflicts with head coach Chuck Noll would result in Jefferson being traded to the Baltimore Colts before the 1970 season. Jefferson was with the Colts for only one season, but helped them reach and win Super Bowl V. He spent six seasons with the Redskins, helping them reach Super Bowl VII in 1972, before retiring after the 1976 season. Guest Roy Lee Jefferson

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Daryl Johnston

Daryl Johnston was drafted by the Cowboys in the second round of 1989 NFL Draft. Every time Daryl Johnston touched the ball, "Moooooooose" chants roared through the crowd, regardless of where the Cowboys were playing. In the NFL, he scored 22 career touchdowns but had more receptions in his career than carries. In 1993 Johnston had 50 receptions and averaged 7.4 yards per catch. Johnston earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in 1993 and 1994. Johnston was a member of three Super Bowl winning teams.Due mainly to Johnston, the NFL created the fullback position in the Pro Bowl. Prior to this change blocking fullbacks had little chance of beating out a regular running back who had many more carries. In 1993 Johnston became the first fullback ever selected for the Pro Bowl. Daryl Johnston was considered one of the best fullbacks of his day, while blocking for Emmitt Smith, as Smith went on to become the all-time NFL rushing leader. Guest Daryl Johnston

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Todd Kalis

Todd Kalis was an offensive lineman for the Minnesota Vikings (1988-1993), the Pittsburgh Steelers (1994) and the Cincinnati Bengals (1995). Todd played next to several HOF players in Minnesota, including Randall McDaniel and Gary Zimmerman. After retiring from the NFL, Todd began working with the NFL Alumni, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization after being voted President of the Pittsburgh Chapter in June 2000. In 2003 he was voted Chairman the Board of Chapter Presidents and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2004. The Pittsburgh Chapter of the NFL Alumni currently hosts the #1 Charity Golf event in the country. The Pittsburgh Chapter has raised more than 1.8 million dollars for numerous Western Pennsylvania charitable organizations since June 2000. These events as well as many others conducted around the country every year by the NFL Alumni provide the support required to maintain the organizations motto of “Caring for Kids”. Guest Todd Kalis

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Ron Katz

A 1972 graduate of the Harvard Law School & a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Ron Katz first represented retired professional athletes when he won the first and only jury verdict against Major League Baseball in the late 1990's. He brought suit on behalf of a class of 2062 retired professional football players against their union, the NFLPA, in 2007 for using their likenesses without payment, particularly in the Electronic Arts Madden video games. In November, 2008, that class prevailed in a jury trial, winning $7.1 million in actual damages and $21 million in punitive damages. That case settled last week when the union agreed to pay $26.25 million to the class members. Guest Ron Katz

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Jerry Kramer

Jerry Kramer played 11 years in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers as an offensive lineman. As a 6'3", 250 lb. right guard, #64 was an integral part of the famous "Packer Sweep", a signature play in which both guards pull out from their normal positions and lead-block for the running back going around the end. Jerry helped the Packers win five NFL titles and the first two Super Bowls. Jerry also served as the team's place kicker in 1962,'63 and part of 1968. He kicked 29 field goals, 90 extra points, for a total of 177 points. He also kicked 3 field goals and 1 extra point in the Packers 16-7 victory over the New York Giants in the 1962 NFL title game. Jerry was an All-Pro five times, and a member of the NFL's 50th anniversary team in 1969, but surprisingly, even after appearing on the list of finalists ten times since becoming eligible, has not been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In NFL Network's Top 10 list of players not in the hall of fame, he was rated #1. Guest Jerry Kramer

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Bruce Laird

Between 1974 and 1981, Bruce Laird 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 Guest Bruce Laird

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Nick Lowery

My guest on the show is Nick Lowery. Nick played for the New England Patriots -1978, the Kansas City Chiefs (1980-1993), and New York Jets (1994-1996). Lowery was selected to the Pro Bowl three times and when he retired was #1 in Field goal % and Most field goals in NFL History. Is currently eighth on the NFL list of all-time scoring leaders. Nick was all-pro 7 times during his career, and set several NFL records during his career: most field goals all-time (384); most accurate all-time (from 1984-1997 Lowery held the all-time accuracy mark for 10 of those 12 years); most 50 yard field goals; most games with 2 or more 50 yarders. He also held the record for best PAT % since the goal posts were moved back 10 yards and PAT's became 20 yarders, not 10 yarders. Lowery received the NFL Players Association's Byron Whizzer White Award, in 1993. Nick kicked more than 15 game-winners during his career, Nick was a 2007 NFL Hall of Fame nominee Guest Nick Lowery

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Ron Mix

Ron Mix attended USC, and upon graduation played left tackle and guard for the American Football League's Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers (1960-1969) and the Oakland Raiders (1971).Because he had a Juris Doctor degree, Mix was nicknamed "The Intellectual Assassin" for his physical play. Mix was called for a mere two holding penalties in ten years.Mix, who was listed at 6'5 and 270 pounds, was an early proponent of weightlifting to enhance athletic power. He was years ahead of the curve that soon at lineman and other football players taking up that practice to become better athletes. He was a factor in the Chargers' early domination of the AFL's Western Division, and in San Diego helped them win an American Football League Championship in 1963, when they defeated the Boston Patriots. He was elected to the AFL All-Star team for nine straight years as a Charger, is a member of the All-time All-AFL Team, and is one of only 20 men who played the entire 10 years of the AFL. He was voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979 and also a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, being elected to that in 1980. Guest Ron Mix

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Anthony Muñoz

Anthony Muñoz is considered by many to be the best Offensive Lineman to ever play in the NFL. He was selected 11 consecutive years to the Pro Bowl. He was the Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1981, 1987, and 1988 was awarded the NFL Players Association Lineman of the Year honor in 1981, 1985, 1988, and 1989. The NFL Alumni Association voted Anthony the Offensive Lineman of the Year four times (1987, 1989, 1990 and 1991). At the time of his retirement, his Pro Bowl selections were the most ever by an offensive lineman in league history. In 1994, Anthony was named to the National Football League’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. In 1999, he was ranked #17 on Sporting News' list of the 100 greatest football players and was the highest-ranked offensive lineman. Anthony Munoz was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1998. Guest Anthony Muñoz

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Shane Nelson

Shane Nelson (born May 25, 1955 in Mathis, Texas is a former professional American football player who played linebacker for six seasons for the Buffalo Bills. Nelson was discovered at an open trial held by the Dallas Cowboys. He was the only player, out of 1,800, to be offered an NFL contract. However, Nelson rejected Dallas' offer and signed for the Bills where he felt he had more of a chance of playing. Nelson not only beat the odds and made the Bills, but he started every game, totaled 168 tackles and was named to the All-Rookie team. Two seasons later with Buffalo using a 3-4 defensive alignment, he racked up an incredible team record 192 tackles and anchored the middle next to Jim Haslett, who was in his first year. Add another rookie, nose tackle Fred Smerlas, and Western New York became home to its own "Bermuda Triangle". Guest Shane Nelson

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Tom Nowatzke

Tom Nowatzke, the number one draft choice of the Detroit Lions in 1965, made it in the NFL after a stellar career at Indiana University. There he achieved All-American status as a senior, despite the fact that his Hoosiers finished the season with a 2-7 record. A farm boy from northern Indiana, Nowatzke could only dream about being a regular in the NFL. After playing four seasons for the Lions and suffering a neck injury in 1969, Tom hoped to resurrect his career. But he never thought about the possibility of playing for a Super Bowl winner. Near the end of Super Bowl V in Miami on January 17, 1971, on his second try from the two-yard line, Tom Nowatzke, the big fullback of the Baltimore Colts, plowed into the end zone and with the extra point, they tied the score against the Dallas Cowboys to 13-13. The Colt’s went on to win the game when Jim O’Brien kicked a 32 yard field goal. After the season, Tom received the Unsung Hero Award by his Colt teammates, and became a household name in Baltimore after their Super Bowl victory. Guest Tom Nowatzke

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Dave Pear

Dave Pear played nose tackle in the NFL from 1975 - 1980. In 1978, Dave was the first Tampa Bay player ever selected to the Pro bowl. He also played on the Oakland Raiders 1980 Super Bowl XV Championship team. The Oakland Raiders were the first wild card team to win the Super Bowl. Dave played his last 2 years in the NFL with a herniated disc in his neck. He was released by Oakland after they won Super Bowl XV and he went to the hospital…….on his own….. and had a bulging disc drilled out of his neck! All together he’s had 7 spine surgeries and 1 total left hip replacement. He was married in 1980 to his lovely wife Heidi who he met in 1973 while attending the University of Washington. They have two beautiful children. Dave has been a strong advocate for retired players and you can read more about his views on his website “Dave Pear’s Official Blog” at http://www.davepear.com/blog/ Guest Dave Pear

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Lou Piccone

Lou Piccone began his career with the NY Jets from 1974-76 as a free agent. He led the league in kick off returns in his Rookie season with over 1000 yards. From 1977-83, Lou played in Buffalo. A full scale utility player, Lou was noted for his ability to play most any receiver position and fans heralded him on the field with the famous.... "Lou, Lou, Lou" chant. In ‘77, Piccone’s first season with Buffalo, he was fourth on the team in receptions behind Bobby Chandler, Jim Braxton and Reuben Gant. Ironically, his first touchdown as a Bill was against the Jets. But under Jim Ringo, the team finished with a 3-11 record. The Bills had a new head coach the following season - Chuck Knox. Piccone played six seasons with the Bills, totaling 81 receptions and six touchdowns. His work ethic and contribution on special teams made him a fan favorite. Guest Lou Piccone

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Walter Roberts

Walter Roberts wide receiver and kick return specialist for the Cleveland Browns, the New Orleans Saints, and the Washington Redskins. He played college football at San Jose State University. A fast runner, he was nicknamed "The Flea”. Guest Walter Roberts

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Jack Tompson

Jack Tompson went to college at Washington State University, where he set numerous school, Pac-10 and NCAA records from 1975-1978. He is known as "The Throwin' Samoan," a nickname that was bestowed on him during his breakout sophomore season at Washington State University. He concluded his college career in 1978 as the most prolific passer in NCAA history, throwing for 7,818 yards. He set Pac-10 records for attempts, completions and TD passes. He was all-conference three times and either first-team, second-team or honorable mention All-American three times. He is one of only two players in WSU history to have his number retired. He finished ninth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1978. His prowess led the Cincinnati Bengals to make him the third overall pick in the 1979 NFL Draft. He played for Cincinnati from 1979-82. In 1983 he went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and became the team's starting quarterback. Jack retired from the NFL in 1984. Guest Jack Tompson

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Charlie Waters

Charlie Waters played 12 years for the Dallas Cowboys from 1970-1981, never experiencing a losing season and only missing the playoffs one time during that span. He played in five Super Bowls: V, VI, X, XII, and XIII, with victories in VI and XII. He holds the NFL records for most playoff interceptions with 9 and the most single-game playoff interceptions with 3. He was selected All-Pro twice (1977 and 1978) and to the Pro Bowl three consecutive seasons (1976-1978). He retired with 50 interceptions, the second-most in franchise history. He was nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001, but was not elected. To this day, he is one of the most revered and respected players in Dallas Cowboys history. Guest Charlie Waters

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Edward Alvin White

Edward Alvin White. Ed graduated from Indio High School in Indio, California and the school's football stadium is named Ed White Stadium. In college, Ed played for the University of California, Berkeley Golden Bears (1966-68) as a lineman and was selected a consensus All-American player in 1968. Ed began his professional football career with the Minnesota Vikings after being drafted in the second round of the 1969 AFL/NFL draft. Ed Played in 4 Superbowls with the Vikings. In 1978 season, he was traded to the San Diego Chargers, where he played until 1985. Ed retired after 17 years and 241 games. During his career, he was selected to the Pro Bowl four times. Ed has been inducted into five Hall of Fames: San Diego Charger’s Hall of Fame, College Football Hall of Fame, University of California Hall of Fame, East-West Shrine Game Hall of Fame and the Breitbard Hall of Fame Guest Edward Alvin White

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