http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/24720441/hall-famers-threaten-boycott-induction-ceremony-nfl-provides-health-insurance-annual-salaries The audacity of some of the NFL Hall of Famers that think they're owed more after their playing careers are over just because they basically won an award by being elected into the HOF is baffling. When an NFL player “retires” between the ages of 30-40 you’re not close to the federal retirement age of 62. So unless you were smart with your money instead of living in the moment you go get your *** a job. Just because you played in the NFL & made the HOF doesn’t mean you’re entitled live like a king. If you squandered your money & can’t afford health insurance that’s your fault. Take responsibility for your actions & GET A JOB! When the average American retires their company doesn’t continue to pay them an annual salary & they health insurance for life just because they won employee of the year. It’s stupid entitled stuff like this that continues to turn more & more people away from the NFL. All NFL players are vested in the pension after just three years of service (& they’re credited a full year of service after just 3 games) which they can start to draw from when they’re 50 so they’re already getting paid. Now think about the added responsibility the HOF voters, who already suck at their task, have & the consequences it has for many prospective HOFers. Their decision basically determines who will get a lifetime paycheck & insurance. Here’s the amount of money some of the HOFers that signed this BS made during their careers: Marcus Allen - $14.2M Derrick Brooks - $37.3M Marshall Faulk - $48.9M Curtis Martin - $46.8M Jerry Rice - $42.3M Deion Sanders - $33.5M Bruce Smith - $46.9M Kurt Warner - $62.7M You guys can’t afford health insurance? Really? The statement, "We, the undersigned Pro Football Hall of Famers, were integral to the creation of the modern NFL,” yes, & so were the other thousands of NFL players not in the HOF. People still flocked to stadiums & their TVs to watch Ricky Williams, Zach Thomas, Mark Gastineau, Keyshawn Johnson, Jamal Lewis, Boomer Esiason, Corey Dillon, Chad Ochocinco, Greg Lloyd, Kordell Stewart, Edgerrin James, Mark Brunell, Fred Taylor, Steve McNair, Eddie George, CJ2K, Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson, Priest Holmes, Dante Hall, Shawn Merriman, Rich Gannon, Bo Jackson, Phil Simms, Tiki Barber, Tony Romo, Randall Cunningham, Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook, Daunte Culpepper, Michael Vick, Jamal Anderson, Sam Mills, Deuce McAllister, Warrick Dunn, Mike Alstott, Shaun Alexander, Steven Jackson… & countless others who were great NFL players for a year or two or throughout their careers but may not make the HOF. If the HOFers weren’t there, we’ve all heard the motto next man up. The NFL wouldn’t miss a beat. You’re just cogs in the machine & the only thing that can derail it is the NFL itself with politics. People don’t watch the NFL today because of what the HOFers have done in the past. Memories are great but they’re irrelevant in why people tune in. Though it does appear that these HOFers have had too many hits to the head, "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.” That’s because it’s an AWARD not a lottery ticket. More entitlement, "The time has come for us to be treated as part of a game we've given so much to. Until our demands are met, the Hall of Famers will not attend the annual induction ceremony in Canton.” Good, don’t show. Hopefully you realize after the 2019 HOF inductions fans don’t clamor to Canton to see you & you’re ridiculed more than T.O. was (who I think had a legitimate reason not to go). People will be there to see Ed Reed, Tony Gonzalez, Champ Bailey, & a few others enshrined not to see your crusty old asses sitting on stage in the background.