Gay Culverhouse, the former president of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is expecting more than 150 former NFL players at a meeting tonight set up to explain the benefit packages available to NFL retirees.
“Football’s the only job where you can guarantee 100 percent that there will be an injury,” Culverhouse said, per Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune. “I’m trying to get the players the information they need to request the proper forms. We’ll meet again March 8 to help in filling out the forms.”
Culverhouse, the daughter of former Bucs owner Hugh Culverhouse, was an executive with the team in the 1980s and 1990s. In the last year she has become one of the most outspoken advocates for improving the services available to players who retired with injuries.
In October Culverhouse testified before Congress about concussions in the NFL, and she told the New York Times that after being diagnosed with cancer, she decided to speak out publicly about what she perceives as the mistreatment of NFL players by NFL teams.
Culverhouse said that as team president, “I watched our team do anything it could to get players back on the field.” Now, she says, she wants to “tell the truth about what’s going on while I still have the chance.”