I am Mel Owens. I was a first round draft pick for the L.A. Rams back in 1981 and I played for them for 10 years. As a former NFL football player I know what it’s like to sustain injuries, keep playing, and not think about the effects those injuries might have on me later.
What I didn’t know at the time was that the hits I took were going to have long term effect on my body, my life – -some of which I wouldn’t know about for years. The NFL didn’t tell me that. The Rams didn’t tell me that. And I didn’t know that I was eligible for worker’s comp.In fact, it has always been a policy of the NFL not to inform the players of their rights to workers’ compensation benefits, hoping players (like me) would never find out about their rights and if we did, we would be time barred by the Statute of Limitations.
That’s why I’m now an attorney who works daily to protect players’ rights to receive workers’ comp. In almost all cases, players suffer some type of work related injury or injuries and are eligible to apply for workers’ compensation benefits. My partners and I help players get the benefits you are entitled to.
I’m writing this blog because I am passionate about protecting players’ rights. I don’t think the NFL is taking care of players’ health nor doing their duty to take care of players after they retire. I want to educate players about the availability of workers’ comp, and expose the lies and hypocrisy of the NFL.
In this blog, I also plan to talk about issues that affect professional athletes, such as health, retirement and finances, and I might touch on issues that affect young athletes as well.
Football is America’s greatest (and favorite) sport. Let’s keep it that way and take care of our players along the way. We as professional football (or ex-football) players are a community, and a strong one!
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