Retirees appeal dismissed lawsuit vs. NFLPA

The retired players whose lawsuit against the NFL Players

Association was dismissed last month have filed an appeal.

The group led by Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller filed

Thursday with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St.

Louis.

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson rejected their claims

that the current players and their attorneys had no right to

bargain with the NFL about retiree benefits last summer because

they weren’t legally a union then. Nelson in her May 29 order

denied their right to hundreds of millions of dollars in additional

post-career benefits they argued they were cheated out of during

lockout talks last year.

The retirees contended they were pushed out of negotiations to

streamline the mediation process despite a court order for their

inclusion