Football Notes: NFL Legends Community Continues To Grow
The AP's Barry Wilner noted the NFL Legends Community organization, which launched six years ago, "recently hit 10,000 members." The group, run by the NFLPA, "provides a multitude of resources for former players." It "organizes gatherings on the local and national levels, which can range from community outreach programs to draft day parties to golf tournaments." NFL Senior VP/Football Communications & Marketing Tracy Perlman "sees the Legends Community as an umbrella over all the programs out there for retired players." Other organizations -- the NFLPA with the Trust, the NFL Player Care Foundation, the NFL Alumni Association -- "fall under that umbrella." Those groups "often partner together for events" (AP, 11/26).
REWRITING HISTORY? Michael Vick will be among the four legends captains for the Pro Bowl, but YAHOO SPORTS' Jason Owens wrote, "Allowing a man his rights and freedoms and celebrating him are two different things." The NFL, by honoring him "next to beloved franchise icons" in Darrell Green, Bruce Smith and Terrell Davis, is "indeed celebrating Vick." Owens: "It's the next step in the continued whitewashing of Vick's depraved behavior." It also "raises more questions about what exactly is going on in the heads of NFL decision-makers" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 11/25).
THAT'S MY QUARTERBACK: ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier this week that the Lions had an "interest in signing" QB Josh Johnson, but the XFL "blocked them." In DC, Des Bieler noted Johnson recently signed with the XFL's L.A. Wildcats, and the "fledgling league apparently isn't letting him go." As it readies to begin its inaugural season in February, the XFL has been "building the rosters for its eight teams." Contracts being "offered by the league state that they are 'nonnegotiable' and that players may only defect to the NFL after their respective teams' seasons are over" (WASHINGTON POST, 11/26).