Eric Dickerson clarifies Hall of Fame boycott threat
This week, the NFL Players Associations sent a letter to the league's commissioner, Roger Goodell, threatening a boycott of the Hall of Fame (HoF) induction ceremony by a number of players if the league didn't meet several demands. The letter was delivered by the executive director of the NFL Players Association, DeMaurice Smith, and Pro Football Hall of Fame president C. David Baker, and written by the Hall of Fame's chairman, Eric Dickerson. Now, Dickerson is stepping back his comments somewhat, saying that he had misspoken in the letter.
The letter reads, in part, "We, the undersigned Pro Football Hall of Famers, were integral to the creation of the modern NFL, which in 2017 generated $14 billion in revenue. But when the league enshrined us as the greatest ever to play America's most popular sport, they gave us a gold jacket, a bust and a ring -- and that was it.
"To build this game, we sacrificed our bodies. In many cases, and despite the fact that we were led to believe otherwise, we sacrificed our minds. We believe we deserve more. We write to demand two things: Health insurance and annual salary for all Hall of Famers that includes a share of league revenue."
It was reportedly signed by a number of Hall of Fame board members, including Jerry Rice, Kurt Warner, Jim Brown, Marshall Faulk, Ronnie Lott and others. However, while they support the idea of better benefits, several players indicated that they had never agreed to participate in a boycott. Among them were Kurt Warner and Jerry Rice - Rice doesn't even hold a spot on the board.
In apologizing for the confusion, Dickerson called it a simple "miscommunication."