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Source: Carl Eller plaintiffs are standing down

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On Sunday, we were told by a source very close to the NFL labor negotiations that the class of retired players, led by Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller, could throw a wrench into the settlement by refusing to stand down.

Specifically, lawyer Michael Hausfeld had claimed that the NFLPA* and the NFL were engaged in illegal collective bargaining, and he requested that the NFLPA* stop attempting to obtain benefits for retired players.

The source now tells us that the retired players will indeed stand down.  It’s not currently known how they came to this conclusion, and whether the pot for the former players was in any way sweetened.

Of course, Eller himself said last week that the retired players won’t get in the way of a settlement.  So while on the trustworthiness meter the retired players currently are somewhere between Brett Favre and Tommy Flanagan, they’re presumably smart enough to realize that they would be on the receiving end of an unprecedented media and fan backlash if the retired players try to blow this thing up now by asserting flimsy-at-best legal rights.

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13 Responses to “Source: Carl Eller plaintiffs are standing down”
  1. hobartbaker says: Jul 25, 2011 10:43 AM

    Carl Eller does not “stand down”. He may on occasion lift you up to his level. Usually by the scruff of your neck. Or your tie. Or your throat.

  2. skoobyfl says: Jul 25, 2011 10:43 AM

    The Retirees must have gotten smarter with age.

  3. thephantomstranger says: Jul 25, 2011 10:46 AM

    Carl Eller is one cool-looking dude.

  4. dbellina says: Jul 25, 2011 10:46 AM

    It’s a one eyed, one horned, flying purple people eater.

  5. m2karateman says: Jul 25, 2011 10:48 AM

    You know, I’m tired of hearing about former players complaining about their lives and what they “should have coming to them”. Nobody forced you to play the game, nobody made you promises beyond what you were paid.

    If the team you played for didn’t pay you enough, then quit and find another job.

    I swear, the only former NFL player who seems to have had any integrity was the late, great Pat Tillman.

  6. bdawk20 says: Jul 25, 2011 10:56 AM

    “I swear, the only former NFL player who seems to have had any integrity was the late, great Pat Tillman.”

    Not taking away anything from Pat Tillman, but something tells me that you do not have a statistically significant sample size of former players in your integrity analysis.

  7. bcgreg says: Jul 25, 2011 10:59 AM

    If you ask these retired players, they’re standing down because they can no longer stand up.

  8. kirmie says: Jul 25, 2011 11:01 AM

    They aren’t standing down. All the concussions they got back in the day just caused them to forget they had a lawsuit.

  9. condor75 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:20 AM

    Hey M2karateman

    Let me clear something for you, retired players are saying they were forced to play, they like workers in most companies are asking that the fact they were injured on the job and would like to be fairly compensated relative to the industry in which they worked. None or they are trying to or in any danger or getting rich. So just chil chill tough guy and realize that active players will one day be retired players as well.

  10. drbob117 says: Jul 25, 2011 11:28 AM

    Tommy Finagen ( like Finagle) was the guy you were looking for, a shady sort Jon Lovitz played on SNL. No such guy as Tommy Flanagan, though the point was funny.

  11. scbadass says: Jul 25, 2011 12:17 PM

    Well I guess if we are still paying the Native American’s we might as well keep paying the retired players too.

  12. dukemarc says: Jul 25, 2011 12:52 PM

    hobartbaker says: Jul 25, 2011 10:43 AM

    Carl Eller does not “stand down”. He may on occasion lift you up to his level. Usually by the scruff of your neck. Or your tie. Or your throat.
    ————————————————

    Is that before or after he’s driven, drunkingly, through your front door and into your living room?

  13. Playing the Ponzi says: Jul 25, 2011 1:01 PM

    How can I give bdawk 40 thumbs ups? Hilarious:

    bdawk20 says:
    Jul 25, 2011 10:56 AM
    “I swear, the only former NFL player who seems to have had any integrity was the late, great Pat Tillman.”

    Not taking away anything from Pat Tillman, but something tells me that you do not have a statistically significant sample size of former players in your integrity analysis.

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