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 www.bwin.com 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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