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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.

And 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 former player in need of Gridiron Greats support, contact the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund offices at

Gridiron Greats Founded by Jerry Kramer

The idea for the Gridiron Greats 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 on-line. The auction company, returned the original Super Bowl ring to Kramer. In return, Kramer gave his replica ring to Auction Company where $22,000 was raised. Kramer founded Gridiron Greats and the $22,000 became the initial capital for the organization.