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NFLPA provides confidential transportation services for current and former players

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At one point, the NFL and/or the teams provided no-questions-asked transportation services for players who had too much to drink.  Some players resisted the program, fearful that word that they were in places where they perhaps shouldn’t have been doing things they perhaps shouldn’t have been doing would get back to the boss, or to the Commish.

So now the NFLPA provides the service to all current and former players, on a 24-hour-per-day basis.

It’s a confidential program, with no connection to the league or any teams.  Administered by Corporate Security Solutions, Inc., drivers are dispatched to any location in the 50 states or Canada by calling the appropriate 800 number.

The brochure given to players, a copy of which PFT  has obtained, explains that the service is available on both a pre-arranged and an emergency basis.  The document reiterates that confidentiality agreements have been signed by CSSI and the companies that provide transportation.

The service costs $90 per hour, with a bill directly submitted by the company to the player.  And that’s the only problem with it.  Plenty of folks, both in football and elsewhere, who earn a lot of money are too cheap to pay $90 per hour.

So it would be better if it were free.  It also would be better if the players had an app on their smartphones that could engage the process with the press of a single button and the use of GPS to send a car to the player’s location.For now, though, every player should add the number to their contacts — and they should be ready to use it whenever they need to.

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16 Responses to “NFLPA provides confidential transportation services for current and former players”
  1. thingamajig says: Dec 9, 2012 9:53 AM

    No other employer provides a similar service. Maybe it’s because they expect their employees and past employees to be accountable for their own actions.

  2. akmd1984 says: Dec 9, 2012 10:04 AM

    Pretty sad that there are people who make 10 times the average persons salary, at minimum, that are too cheap to pay $90/hr for a ride home. Now someone is dead because of it. What a shame.

  3. bostongiant says: Dec 9, 2012 10:05 AM

    Better if it were free, yes. But when the players can’t control themselves, why is it on the league to make the service more accessible? It’s a “squeaky wheel gets the oil” approach.

  4. jbl429 says: Dec 9, 2012 10:08 AM

    There is already an app for that. It’s called Uber and its not much more expensive than a cab. Unfortunately it’s only in major cities right now, but maybe the NFLPA should help fund it and so it can expand around the country.

  5. samtheram says: Dec 9, 2012 10:10 AM

    Can’t understand the mentality that it is up to everyone but the players to be accountable for their actions. Even when there is a good program in place to take them home, for a fee, it still isn’t good enough for people who make more money in a week that others make in a year. The good responsible players never get the publicity.

  6. motown4108 says: Dec 9, 2012 10:19 AM

    $90 an hour is outrageous, they all live in major cities, get the uber app, it provides a town car service within minutes by requesting on a smartphone..… It will change your life.

  7. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 9, 2012 10:25 AM

    Do we really have to coddle these guys that badly? Free? Really?

    Now if an owner wants to make it free for his team, that’s a different deal. But “too cheap” to pay $90? Or to lazy to make a call? C’mon. The rest of us Have to call a cab and pay immediately. Getting billed later? What a dream. This should be a government program!

  8. squashyjoshy says: Dec 9, 2012 10:42 AM

    When did we decide that these grown men need to be looked after by their employer?

  9. migiantsfan says: Dec 9, 2012 10:44 AM

    That’s the problem with society now. No one is responsible for their actions it’s always someone else’s fault.

  10. souldogdave says: Dec 9, 2012 11:06 AM

    I echo motown’s opinion. $90 an hour is outrageous, is that the price of anonimity? Each team should have a couple of gophers to do this duty, fetch the drunks and take them home. Pay them $30 an hour(roughly 60K a year), and everyone is safe and happy. I would gladly fetch my drunken Raiders and drive them home or to the team facility.These things shouldn’t happen anymore, the NFL takes this very seriously.Unfortunately, none are so blind as those that will not see.

  11. jimnaizeeum says: Dec 9, 2012 11:36 AM

    The NFLPA is not really providing anything, except an expensive cab ride.

  12. chipwade says: Dec 9, 2012 11:37 AM

    If you don’t want to drive home drunk then don’t drive to where you are going out. You aren’t going to make the right choice if you are drunk with car keys in your hand. Get a cab there and you’ll have no choice but to get one home.

  13. bigbenh8tr says: Dec 9, 2012 12:18 PM

    the solution is called ubercab. I use the app every weekend

  14. cosanostra71 says: Dec 9, 2012 1:08 PM

    They’re too cheap to pay $90? Maybe remind them that a DUI costs $15,000+ and that $90 will look a whole lot better all of a sudden.

  15. pksullivanmph says: Dec 9, 2012 9:05 PM

    Bill Polian, back in the day, did just that for a player who now is in the Hall of Fame. Player had been in Rehab and Polian wasn’t taking. Any chances. @footballady52 🏉

  16. nflhof says: Dec 10, 2012 10:38 PM

    All the players need to do is get VIncent Jackson’s agent and have them go to work on the “he’s learned his lesson” after the second DUI and every fan, GM and owner will climb aboard the let’s pay him 55 million dollars bandwagon.

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