In Jim Trotter’s enlightening intro to Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column for SI, Kansas City Chiefs guard Brian Waters revealed that he’s looked into creating a fund in which the league’s high-earning players can funnel money to the marginal guys that would be most affected by a lockout.Obviously the hope is that this won’t be an issue and there will be a new CBA by Friday, but Waters’ suggestion is intriguing.
It seems so simple, doesn’t it? The biggest weakness of the NFLPA, and all sports unions for that matter, is that the guys that don’t earn as much won’t be able to stomach a length lockout because they rely on regular pay checks. Waters’ plan, if helped by other big-earners, could eliminate that problem and thus make the union much stronger for a prolonged work stoppage.
Surely there would be obstacles to overcome for Waters and other NFL vets to basically hand money to their buddies, but they might not be insurmountable. If not, it’s hard to see why this idea has never really been conjured up before.
Of course, just because Waters is charitable doesn’t mean that he’ll have an easy time convincing other wealthy NFL players to give up significant portions of their bank accounts. We don’t know how that would play out, but this could be a good indicator of just how unified the “all for one, and one for all” union is.
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