I have two garments that display the logo for the National Football League Players Association. When I wear them out and about, I imagine that all who see me believe that I am an N.F.L. player, which, if you have been reading my recent blogs about the scouting combine, free agency, and not signing with the Jets, might think could be a possibility in the near future. I do have the size.
However, I will admit in this public manner that I have not actually played in the NFL (yet).
So how did I get the shirt and jacket? Read on.
I was privileged to serve as co-counsel for an attorney who represents NFL players in workers’ compensation cases. Consequently, I got to attend a meeting for the NFLPA Workers’s Compensation Panel. At that meeting, they handed out some NFLPA gear, even to me, who is not in the NFLPA (yet), nor even a real member of the panel. Rather, I was a guest. I felt important. I still do.
Since I already have the official NFLPA gear, my becoming a player would be more financially beneficial to the players’ union than getting as a new member any player who presently lacks an NFLPA shirt and jacket. I could agree to waive receiving further shirts and jackets, already being appropriately decked out. In these hard economic times, the union should support my efforts to get signed by the Broncos because of such savings in clothing costs for the union.
I also have an official NFL Players Association “Player Planner” calendar which gives dates such as when training camps open (July 15th). I like to carry my Player Planner with me to court scheduling conferences so I can check on my availability for hearings and trials. I find that I can read it better when I hold it up in a position that others in the room can read its cover as I slowly turn the pages of the calendar to see what is already on my schedule.
I probably won’t have time to try cases after July 15th until the 2014 Super Bowl is over. The judges and opposing counsel should understand my priorities, and, as Bronco fans themselves, root for me throughout the season.
In the far off future, when my career in the NFL is over, I am going to look into how I can get a shirt that says “NFL Alumni Association.” It will be a good conversation starter at the Senior Center.