I just hope this doesn't end the sport. Greed is at the root of this, not the fans or teams we all love. Believe me, these former players care nothing about the league that paid them so richly, nor the fans that made this all possible.
That's painting with a pretty broad brush. That's true of all of them? None of them have a legitimate complaint? Truth is rarely that simple.
I'm not saying all former NFL players are that way. Some are incredibly generous and are pillars of their community. Jason Taylor is a shining example of that. Former players do a lot of good and things like that shouldn't be overlooked.
What I'm simply pointing out is that these guys should not be seeking financial compensation that could bankrupt the league, rather they should be seeking medical help for the injuries they sustained. I think health care compensation would be the apropriate resolution for this. Also, helping players to become aware of their injuries and helping them transition into life after football would be a great idea as well. Don't get me wrong, I think something should be done about this. But I think it should be medically based and not financially based. If a retired player needs to see doctors regularly, then I think the NFL should help them. If they need a caretaker or have severe physical and mental needs, then I also think the NFL should help. I'm pretty sure these guys can afford good medical care or the league is already giving them a good healthcare package. If the league is willing to take their health care benefits one step ahead, and raise awareness about concussions, then I think that would be a generous thing for them to do. In fact, it might just be the right thing to do. But handing over big amounts of cash, no way.