Bears Safety Major Wright's Sweet Deal with Mike Ditka

Bears Safety Major Wright teamed up with Chicago Based Swirlz Cupcakes and created a signature cupcake for Bears Fans to enjoy. Fifty percent of the $3.50 per cupcake sales will go to Mike Ditka’s Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund which is a non-profit NFL charity providing medical and financial assistance to pioneers of the game who are in dire need.


Kyle Turley Performing at Gleason Gras

gleason gras

Kyle Turley, along with several other musical artists, will be performing at Gleason Gras, a day-long festival at Champions Square outside the Superdome on Sunday, November 27, 2011.  Steve Gleason, who recently announced he suffers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, has been advocating for the disease, and his efforts have brought forth Gleason Gras.


NFL Announces Distribution of $620 Million Legacy Fund Benefit For Pre-’93 Retired Players

"Legacy" Fund Distribution Agreement for Retired Players

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11/10/11 NFL Announces Distribution of $620 Million Legacy Fund Benefit For Pre-’93 Retired Players   The NFL and NFL Players Association have reached agreement on how to distribute to retired players the $620 million “Legacy Fund” that was established as part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. “Nothing the league can do can ever fully express our appreciation to the players

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Because It Was Sunday: The Legend of Jack Youngblood

Because It Was Sunday: The Legend of Jack Youngblood

Jack Youngblood is one of the most respected NFL football players of all time. Jack has been part of the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund’s family since inception and continues to fight for retired players in dire need. We are thrilled to announce Jack’s authorized biography, detailing his inspirational life and career.  The book is called Because It Was Sunday:  The Legend of Jack Youngblood.


Gridiron Greats Assists Retired NFL Players Who Need Help

gridiron greats assistance fund helps retired nfl players

Attention: Gridiron Greats Donors! Please, give yourselves a round of applause for your generosity, which is helping to change the lives of so many retired NFL players. This week we are sharing with you, again, how your donations to Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund are literally changing lives. Your generous donations help retired NFL players who are in dire need of medical and financial assistance.

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Gridiron Greats Remembers Pete Pihos

Pete Pihos

PETE PIHOS 1947-1955 Philadelphia Eagles “Peter Louis Pihos … Indiana All-America, 1943 … Fifth-round draft pick in 1945 even though he couldn’t play until 1947 … 60-minute star on Eagles title teams, 1948-1949 … Caught winning TD pass in 1949 NFL championship … All-NFL six times in nine seasons, once at defensive end, 1952 … Played in six Pro Bowls … Three-time NFL receiving

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Mike Ditka's Celebrity Golf Classic

mike ditka's celebrity golf classic

For years, Mike Ditka has dedicated himself to bringing awareness and resources to the serious issues affecting retired NFL players. On August 29, 2011, the 12th Annual Mike Ditka Celebrity Golf Classic comes to the private Lost Dunes Golf Club for a one-of-a-kind event in support of the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund & Miseracordia.


Retirees, We Need Your Signatures

Retired NFL Players Declaration of Independence

We’re on a second drive to get as many signatures as possible to fight for the rights of retirees. Here’s the link to the Declaration of Independence post where you can sign it online: Retirees Declaration of Independence For retirees without access to internet, there is a downloadable PDF of the document. If you know of a retiree without internet access, please print the

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