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Friday, January 18, 2008

Reader: Retired NFL Players Were Men. Today's Guys, Not So Much

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2008 at 11:17 AM

An old time Browns fan left a voicemail yesterday weighing in on this week’s feature story, “Forgotten Forefathers," about ailing and broke retired NFL players. This guy could teach Dick Feagler a thing or two about how to properly remember the good old days: I would like to thank you so much for the excellent, excellent article in the latest issue in Scene, “Forgotten Forefathers”. I’m 74, and I watched the Browns from the beginning. What the prima donnas today don’t realize; these guys used to have to have summer jobs to make ends meet. Now they’re making millions of dollars and they can’t even throw or catch a damn football or block. It’s a whole different game. ... I just wanted to say thank you. It was an excellent excellent article, very well written. Very expansive in covering the thing. These guys, they played hurt, and they’re kind of broken up now. And football only wants the celebrities now, the prima donnas prancing around, you know. But then again, I guess that’s life also. When you look at some of these great, great ballplayers, like you mentioned Greg Pruitt—“Yeah, do it, Pruitt!”—oh Lord all mighty I remember those days, yeah. Otto Graham, Dante Lavelle, you know. Gary Collins. These guys played their hearts out, and they weren’t stars. Now everybody is a star. Well, anyway, didn’t mean to go on and on. But thank you, you did a great job on this article. You have a good evening. Bye-bye.

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