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Retired New York Giants RB Derrick Ward: “The NFL Doesn’t Care About Retired Players”

January 23rd, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Retired New York Giants running backs are clearly in a rare and vocal mood this week. First, it was Brandon Jacobs calling San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh a bitch, and now it's Derrick Ward taking aim at the NFL, claiming they turn their back on players once they officially retire.

"I’ve come to realize after you're retired and done with football, the NFL doesn’t care about former players," Ward told TMZ Sports. "Once you leave the league, it's a wrap — no support physically, mentally, financially, etc."

If you're a betting man, you may want to head over to and place bets on which retired Giants running back is the next to come out and say something controversial. Perhaps Ron Dayne has a grievance he'd like to air out?

But, on a much more serious note, Ward did make a relatively valid point when it comes to the NFL and their pension program — something that could be very concerning for other players who are considering retirement themselves.

"Yes, there's a pension. You have to play three years and you can't touch it until you're 55. Guess what the average NFL life span is? 53.5 years. Most likely 80 percent of NFL players will never see that money," Ward said.

When reached for comment, the league didn't delve into much detail with TMZ. Rather, they made it a point to say they'd be reaching out to Ward in an effort to inform him on what programs, outside of his pension, are available to him.

"Our Player Engagement Department would like to reach out to him as soon as possible to make sure he is aware of the resources we have available," the league told TMZ.

You can bet this will not be the last we hear on this situation.

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Tags: Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Ron Dayne

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7 Responses to “Retired New York Giants RB Derrick Ward: “The NFL Doesn’t Care About Retired Players””

  1.  Krow says:

    He’s correct of course.

  2.  skinnydoogan says:

    It’s a business, I work for a Billion dollar organization, am good at what I do, and they too don’t care about me either, it’s a business to them.

    •  Krow says:

      Yeah, I get that. But maybe if this wasn’t a billion dollar business years ago. Maybe if your hard work and dedication helped make it what it is today. And maybe if your health was compromised by what you did making that business a success. Then maybe they could pick up your med bills … or throw you a few bucks to keep you off welfare. Corporations don’t have to do the decent thing … but it’s not like they’re stopped from doing it either.

      •  skinnydoogan says:

        Oh I agree with you, doesn’t make it right, but it is fact. The days of corporate appreciation have long gone away.

        •  skinnydoogan says:

          Hell at almost 46, I make very good money but constantly have to “up my game” so as not to be replaced by some guy right out of college who will do what I do for a third. “Burn em and turn em”, that is how all corporations think no

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