Report: Retired players sue NFL union

Updated: September 14, 2011, 4:45 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

A group of retired players is suing the NFL Players Association, union president DeMaurice Smith, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and former player Mike Vrabel over recently-negotiated retiree benefits, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports.

The 28 players named in the federal class-action lawsuit filed in United States District Court in Minnesota include Hall of Famers Carl Eller, Chuck Bednarik, Dan Hampton, Mel Renfro and John Hannah, the website reported.

The suit claims the then-decertified defendants lacked the authority to negotiate the terms of a collective bargaining agreement on behalf of retired players as the defendants were no longer part of a union.

NFL Players Association executive George Atallah declined comment to Yahoo on the suit.

More than 75 current and former NFL players filed a July lawsuit contending the league concealed information about the danger of concussions for decades and another group did so earlier last month in Philadelphia.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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