About Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund

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Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund: (847) 656-5487

The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund (GGAF) is a non-stock, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing financial grants and ‘pro bono’ medical assistance to retired NFL players in dire need. The organization focuses on the humanitarian side of post-football related issues, which include coordination of social services to retired players who are in need due to a variety of reasons including inadequate disability and/or pensions.

The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund’s mission is to assist dire need retired NFL players who were pioneers of the game and who have greatly contributed to the NFL’s status as the most popular sport in America. Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund provides hands-on assistance to help retired players and their families deal with hardships they face after football. The services include medical assistance, transportation costs for medical evaluations and surgeries, housing assistance, financial assistance for utilities, medication, and coordination of services for food, automotive payments, and childcare.

Gridiron Greats Board of Directors

The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund Board of Directors includes: Mike Ditka, Gale Sayers, Marv Levy, Kyle Turley, and Matt Birk.

The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund Board is also supported by a large and prominent group of hundreds of retired NFL players and coaches who participate in events and initiatives with the Board and the Gridiron Greats to raise awareness and monies to benefit the needs of their former teammates.

The offices of the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund are located in Chicago, Illinois. Contact us at info@gridirongreats.org to learn more about the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund and ways to support the efforts of the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund.

Gridiron Greats Need

Many NFL players who helped build, shape, and mold the NFL into what it is today, are paying the price physically, mentally, and emotionally from their on-the-field efforts as an NFL player.

Some retired players, who played in past NFL eras, have not benefited from some of the benefits and pensions of the modern era. Hence, they lack adequate disability, rehabilitation, health insurance, and retirement programs to allow for and maintain a quality of life and financial security for themselves and their families.

Today, as a retired NFL player, many players find themselves with physical limitations, medical issues or other hardships. Many older retired players are unable and cannot cover the medical and other expenses needed for the treatment of the effects of their football related injuries. They are faced with the insurmountable costs and have no where to go for help.

And yes, some of these older players, who have given so much to the game during their NFL careers, often feel embarrassed by their predicament, become hopeless, living in loneliness and isolation, desperate for help.

If you are a retired NFL player, or if you know of a former player in need of Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund’s support, contact the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund offices at info@gridirongreats.org

Gridiron Greats Founded by Jerry Kramer

The idea for the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund started in 2007… because of a stolen Super Bowl ring. Jerry Kramer, NFL Hall of Fame lineman for the Green Bay Packers, had his Super Bowl championship ring stolen. He subsequently had a replica ring produced. He later discovered his original ring was being auctioned online. The auction company returned the original Super Bowl ring to Kramer. In return, Kramer gave his replica ring to the Auction Company where $22,000 was raised. Kramer founded Gridiron Greats and the $22,000 became the initial capital for the organization.

More information on Gridiron Greats

The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund raises money to be immediately dispersed to retired NFL players, while also funding the Gridiron Greats programs and services. Donations are tax deductible. The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund is registered as a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation with the Internal Revenue Service, a copy of that document is available on request.

The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund is supported through numerous donations and fundraising activities throughout the year including special events, auctions of memorabilia, autograph events, corporate and public donation drives, sponsorship,s and special Super Bowl related events.

Retired players may apply for temporary assistance for medical costs as well as some of the basic necessities of life including, but not limited to: food, housing, transportation, clothing, and other basic needs.

In addition to financial support, Gridiron Greats also assists with the coordination and resourcing of other types of assistance that may be available through a variety of different agencies and social services. Efforts are also made to secure “pro bono” medical care, medications, and other needs specific to the player.