Superbowl Bound or Bust

“YOLO,” mom said to me last week after announcing that she and my father were going to the Superbowl in New Orleans. I held the phone in my hand in silence. “Are you serious?” I asked her. She laughed, “Yes.” Not only could I not believe that my mother said YOLO, short for you only live once, but that she and Dad (who put off back surgery for a week) were trekking it to New Orleans, on a bus for …

Jim McMahon Discusses Dementia, the NFL and What He’d Have Done Differently

Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon said that given a do-over, he’d have chosen to play baseball. At just 53, McMahon has early-stage dementia, most likely caused by the myriad head injuries he suffered during his football years.

Steve Sabol: 5 Top Scenes From His Life’s Highlight Reel

The Sabols – father Ed and son Steve – did for pro football what Cecil B. DeMille did for Biblical epics. Beginning in 1962, the Sabols’ film studio, NFL Films, essentially created the modern highlight film, with its slow-motion ballet of long bombs spiraling into receivers’ hands and the tumult of muscular giants colliding at the line of scrimmage, all set to majestic orchestral music. The elder Sabol, now 94, was the visionary who turned clips of NFL action into …

Former NFL Players Give the Gift of Fitness and Fun

Of all the things that we get to do as former players in giving back to the community, in my opinion, the most fun is  giving time to the local community children. Last weekend, the NFLPA former players, as part of the NFLPA One Team One Community initiative, visited Monroe Elementary School in Oak Brook Illinois  for a day of fitness, fun, and football. The mission of the One Team One Community initiative is to improve the quality of life …

Study: Boomers Give Up Savings to Help Parents, Kids

Baby boomers are selfless? Apparently many are, according to a new study by Ameriprise Financial. The financial group’s recent study, Money Across Generations, polls three generations: affluent baby boomers (with $100,000 or more in investable assets) along with both the parents and the children (over age 18) of baby boomers. New findings from the study indicate that baby boomers are holding off on major purchases and instead of channeling those savings into retirement accounts to support their Gen X and …

Football Legend Dan Marino Passes His Knowledge to Members as AARP’s New Ambassador

“There’s a lot of life ahead of you and a lot of things to accomplish after 50. You have to take advantage of it,” said NFL star and Hall of Famer Dan Marino Monday on CBS This Morning. Marino, who turned 50 last year, (watch him receive his AARP card here) announced his new role as AARP’s “Men’s Life Ambassador.” In this role, Marino will share his point of view and expertise on a variety of men’s interests including health, …