Eric Dickerson elaborates on his request for $300,000 per Hall of Famer per year

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Former NFL running back Eric Dickerson believes that, in addition to the Gold Jacket, the bronze bust, and the fancy ring, Hall of Famers should get some cold, hard cash.

Dickerson wants $300,000 per Hall of Famer per year. In response to a PFT story regarding his position, Dickerson did some math.

“$300,000 per player = less than 70 cents out of every $100 in [NFL] revenue. 70 cents! 2 quarters 2 dimes out of every $100 bill,” Dickerson said early in a Wednesday morning storm of tweets and retweets regarding the issue.

Dickerson also made it clear that, despite the request for annual payment for those who make it to the Hall of Fame (which definitely raises the stakes for the enshrinement process), the recently-formed Hall of Fame board has broader goals.

“Our board represents all retired players,” Dickerson said via Twitter. “We want health insurance and a better pension for all players.”

The problem is that former players have no leverage; they have to hope that current players will see themselves as future former players and cut a better deal for all former players during the next CBA negotiation. And today’s former players have only themselves to blame for not cutting a better deal for former players when they were cutting deals.

That doesn’t means the NFL and current players have no moral obligation to help former players. But there’s no legal obligation to do so, and the only leverage is the threat that some of the Hall of Famers won’t serve as a 3D backdrop for the annual Hall of Fame dog-and-pony show.

If the cost per prop is $300,000 per year, the NFL will simply come up with something else.

31 responses to “Eric Dickerson elaborates on his request for $300,000 per Hall of Famer per year

  1. You’re crazy Dickerson. You got paid to play, you played hard because you got paid, and you made the HOF because you played hard. I drive semi and have won the safe driving award 3 times, so does my company need to pay me $100,000 a year because of that? You played a kids game and got paid more than any Dr, Lawyer, Firefighter, or Cop. Be grateful that you made that much to play a game.

  2. Dickerson’s comprehension (or lack thereof) of economics is laughable. Just because it’s only 70 cents out of every $100 does not make it a reasonable request. It still comes out to $95M per year, which is about half of a team’s payroll.

  3. He has never made it clear what he wants for all former players. If you are requesting $300K a year for HOFers what is the cost you want for all players? That will make it much more than $0.70 per $100 of revenue. Why should a HOFer get a larger pension than another vet that played just as long? A guy like Dickerson shouldn’t have to worry about money and it shouldn’t fall on others to give him that kind of money. If he blew his fortune (and he made a good amount in his day) that is on him. I have more sympathy for the guys who played before Dickerson as they didn’t make millions on their salary.

  4. Idiotic. Has he been talking to the ESPN honchos or something?
    Better idea? Provide lifetime health insurance for every player that doesn’t get enshrined.

  5. The HOF events have evolved from a ceremony in the HOF parking lot to an elaborate money grab. If the HOF is really meant to honor former players, the revenue generated by these events should be mostly given to causes that support former players. However for Dickerson to try to dip into other NFL revenues seems like a selfish play.

  6. Just absolutely crazy. The wheels are coming off, and I for one really hope that these pampered me first jerks shoot themselves right int he foot and football dies.

  7. 300 grand? What planet does he live on? I can see helping the older veterans that played for peanuts but guys like DICKerson that made millions in salary and endorsements shouldnt need any help.

    Seems like he wants a cash safety net for the morons that mismanaged their money. Here on planet earth people pay for their housing, food, children, education and retirement on 20-40 thousand a year, not 20-40 million.

  8. i simply wonder what Dickerson’s stance was when he was an “active player” and how much he worried about all those who paved the way for his mega-contracts.

  9. No company or business just pay former employees for past contributions. This request is laughable. Why do HOF deserve a six figure salary for going to a ceremony? Why is their an obligation to take care of former players? It’s a physical game.. you know the risk.

  10. Eric Dickerson should not be the front man for this cause or any with his non background in the business world… thats pretty obvious…The HOF is seperate entity from the NFL so good luck……

  11. Season ticket holder growing increasingly tired of this circus that is the NFL. Still haven’t given it up but getting closer with each passing month.

  12. Not disagreeing with your statement, but can we stop with “you played a kids game narrative “? For the last time, football was invented by men, to be played by men. All major league sports were made by men to be played by men.

    ARod(in his collarbone) says:

    September 19, 2018 at 9:09 am

    You’re crazy Dickerson. You got paid to play, you played hard because you got paid, and you made the HOF because you played hard. I drive semi and have won the safe driving award 3 times, so does my company need to pay me $100,000 a year because of that? You played a kids game and got paid more than any Dr, Lawyer, Firefighter, or Cop. Be grateful that you made that much to play a game.

  13. Dickerson would run to the nearest company that buys annuities for a lumpsum, get a couple of million in exchange for signing away that 300k a year. He would then blow through the $2 million in six months. The he will go back to militant begging.

  14. Dickerson is off base with this and it will create resentment with the 19,500 former players who are not HOF players, but played the game, some for a longtime. The NBA and their players got together, to give former players health care for life. I think the NFL and NFLPA can do that as a start and create a owner/player fund to increase pensions for all, not just HOF guys.

  15. They should counter with “Free Youtube Red” for a lifetime and 10% off a premium PFF membership.

  16. It’s funny cause he keeps talking about helping ALL former players yet the only idea that he’s come up with so far is to pay only Hall of Fame players. If the NFL ever agreed to this, which I don’t know why they would, what would then be his incentive to help out all the other retired players? Also, I’m not sure if he realizes this but the more he keeps going with this the more he is going to ruin his own reputation as an all-time great player. Instead of people thinking of him as one of the greatest running backs of all time they’re going to remember him for being a greedy, selfish person, especially the younger generation that never saw him play.

  17. Perhaps it is time to end professional sports. These self righteous, greedy players have made enjoying watching the game impossible. Absolutely disgusting. I don’t want to see you protest. I don’t want to hear you protest. I want you to shut the hell up and to play the game(s).

  18. The initial math and percentage pitting his projected total cost against gross revenue is flawed from the start! If he took the total cost of paying all of those HOF’ers annually, as a percentage of revenues less expenses, (or net profits) it would be an entirely different scenario. The league SHOULD have a player/league contribution designed into every current players pay, so they could cover former players medical expenses, or at least a portion of it, if they reach some specific “vesting” period in the league. Players and the league have been, and still are both at fault here, for not taking care of that business.

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