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Ex-NY Giants Star

'The NFL Doesn't Care About Former Players'

1/23/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0122-derrick-ward-nflA former NY Giants running back is coming out swinging at the NFL -- telling TMZ Sports, "The NFL doesn't care about former players."

We spoke with Derrick Ward -- who played for the Giants from 2004 to 2008 (followed by a few seasons with the Bucs and Texans) ... and it's clear, the 33-year-old has a serious axe to grind with the league.

"I’ve come to realize after you're retired and done with football, the NFL doesn’t care about former players." Ward says.

Derrick -- who's now a full-time screen writer -- continued, "Once you leave the league, it's a wrap -- no support physically, mentally, financially, etc."

We noted several programs the NFL has in place, including the NFL pension plan -- but Ward says the programs suck across the board.

"Yes, there's a pension. You have to play 3 years and you can't touch it until you're 55. Guess what the average NFL life span is? 53.5 years (according to a recent Harvard study). Most likely 80 percent of NFL players will never see that money."

We reached out to the NFL for comment -- and a rep for the league told us, "Our Player Engagement department would like to reach out to him as soon as possible to make sure he is aware of the resources we have available."

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16 COMMENTS

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traitorwithinme    

If you are broke then it is your own dam fault. The league shouldn't be supporting any one. You are your own person. Learn how to budget and save. It's ridiculous how some of these players will complain after they gone broke. No one forced you to spend your own money.

168 days ago
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bernergirl    

He is just now figuring that out???? Welcome to the conversation of the last decade.

168 days ago
3.

Factual    

There are very few employers that give a **** about u after u leave. That's life. If u waste ur money and live beyond ur means then u can only blame ur self, not the NFL.

168 days ago
4.

JuanRambo    

You should of saved your money...

168 days ago
5.

englishpetal    

To many athletes living a champagne lifestyle that they forget once its over its over. Nothing wrong with a beer once in a while....

168 days ago
6.

James R. - Los Angeles    

Stop crying like a little p*ssy.

168 days ago
7.

Sieron    

I thought he meant about the concussions and degenerative brain epidemic. I absolutely have sympathy for them

168 days ago
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jacqueline    

You want sympathy after youve made millions, and blowed it on beer, alcohol,, drugs, and wild women.probally numerous babies mammas that got a cut.nfl cant keep supporting ya til death.find you a job.do you have any other skills besides football.do the work and youll be okay, your not disabled.

168 days ago
9.

cb2013    

Why should they? My former employers don't ever call me to ser what's up.

168 days ago
10.

Coleoleo999    

Who cares

168 days ago
11.

Serialkilla213    

Why you don't even know me though

168 days ago
12.

OK    

Oh boo hoo! Paid all that money and is crying because he didn't manage it properly? Spoiled brat.

168 days ago
13.

Hodder    

Some of the comments here are beyond ridiculous. Nowhere in the article does he say that he blew his money or is he looking for sympathy. In fact if people actually took the time to read they'd see, "who's now a full-time screen writer." He has a job, and is probably making at least decent money. He was probably asked a question and is giving a response. But I guess logical thinking comes hard for some here.

167 days ago
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Vote2012    

No the NFL only paid you millions of dollars to play a game, do you want them to take care of you for the rest of your life? It kind f reminds me how people depend on the government for free hand outs, they want more and more. When they get cut off they cannot survive and yell foul.

167 days ago

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