Ex-players, league officials find common ground

Originally Published: September 18, 2007
By Lester Munson | ESPN.com

WASHINGTON -- Disabled players begged tearfully for help.

The son of the late Mike Webster, an NFL Hall of Fame center, described his father begging for food while the league's disability system dithered over his claim.

Another NFL legend, Gale Sayers, joined the chorus, pleading for "help to fix this problem."

Mike Ditka, a union nemesis, suggested his own ideas for improving the plight of ex-players.

Gene Upshaw, the leader of the NFL players union, asked for ...

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