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Dear Former Player,

Thanks to you and your support, we are now the largest health study ever in professional football, with close to 3,500 Questionnaire completions! It is a pleasure and an honor for me to work with former NFL players each day, and the team and I are passionate about improving health for former players.
While we have reached this tremendous milestone, our work is not about being the largest health study- it’s about providing you with health information to empower you and other former players to have a better quality of life. I am excited to see how much we continue to grow in participation, but even more excited as we begin sharing results over the coming months and years with you. 
Be on the lookout for more research studies to launch based on what you and former players have told us what is important about health, and results will be continually shared as available- and shared with you- former players first.
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Alixandra A Nozzolillo, MS
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The Towering Legacy of Ed Garvey

The former NFL Players’ Union Leader and Progressive hall-of-famer passed away this week at the age of 76.
By Dave Zirin

? “Some will tell you that you can’t fight City Hall. Well if you don’t fight, you can’t win.” —Ed Garvey

?There would not be a union for NFL players—quite literally—without the fighting political spirit of Ed Garvey, who passed away this week at the age of 76. One of the great “happy warriors” of our time, Garvey became executive director of the NFL Players Association at the tender age of 31 years old in 1971, during a period when the NFLPA was acknowledged by neither NFL owners nor the National Labor Relations Board as an official union. Garvey held that position for 13 years, leading the NFL players through two strikes, in 1974 and 1982, and forging them into being an actual, fully recognized union. “He was our Marvin Miller,” said current NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith to me, referencing the legendary baseball-union leader. “Like Marvin Miller, Ed believed that between labor and management there truly can never be lasting peace. That was their strength, and that’s why they were able to push the union struggle forward in the world of sports. I brought Ed in as a consultant and he taught me the seamless line between the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire and the coal-mining fights led by Mother Jones and the Ludlow Massacre, and why that history matters in the context of standing with the players against the interests of the owners. He taught me that it is only through understanding that sacrifice, and fighting in the name of those who built the labor movement, can we press on.”
Ed Garvey was an army veteran and social justice–minded attorney who started working on football labor issues as an adviser to NFL union leader and future Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey. He took the NFL bosses to court after the players’ 1974 strike, and won the antitrust case, Mackey v. NFL, where it was recognized that owners had for decades violated the legal and constitutional rights of players by restricting their ability to switch teams and seek higher wages. Garvey and Mackey used this victory to extract not only millions in back pay from the bosses and the first real health benefits in the history of the NFL but also—at long last—union recognition. Yes, it took a strike and a lawsuit for the NFL Players Association to even be acknowledged as a union or to have their health concerns considered valid by management, and every step of the way, Garvey led the charge. He called the labor issues of players “freedom issues” because, in the words of De Smith, “He looked at the lack of free agency as a liberation issue. He looked at the way owners referred to players as ‘property’ as a freedom issue. He looked at having a union as an freedom issue: the freedom of labor to have a voice.”
After Garvey left the NFLPA, he never stopped fighting. In fact, he was just getting warmed up. Garvey ran for Wisconsin senator and governor on a progressive platform and founded Fighting Bob Fest in Madison (named after legendary progressive Wisconsin Senator Bob La Follette), the largest annual progressive political festival in the United States. When Bernie Sanders campaigned in Wisconsin last year, he recognized Ed Garvey from the stage as the person who had kept the politics of struggle alive, no matter the obstacles put forward by the Koch brothers, Paul Ryan, Scott Walker, and the forces who have focused on turning Wisconsin into a dystopic, neoliberal laboratory.
But Garvey’s real work was at the grassroots as an attorney and an activist. Norman Stockwell, publisher of The Progressive, headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, collaborated with Ed Garvey on numerous projects over the past three decades—including Fighting Bob Fest, which is now put on by The Progressive magazine. “I knew Ed since the mid-1980s and he was a tireless fighter for the notion of citizen democracy,” he said to me in an e-mail. “Ed believed that everyday people deserved a voice in their government and he worked tirelessly to set up structures and institutions to help make that possible. As an attorney—he represented citizens opposing the theft of their groundwater by Perrier, the efforts to keep out factory farms and a Walmart superstore and [for the rights of] the inmates at Wisconsin’s SuperMax prison, As an activist. Ed founded ‘Fighting Bob Fest’ in the style of an early-20th-century Chautauqua where people could gather and hear speeches by activists on issues of grassroots democracy. He also created the People’s Legislature to give citizens a voice when their elected officials seemed to only be listening to the ‘voices’ of corporations. Ed never gave up his optimism that with people power, the struggle for just, honest, and responsive governance could be won—here in Wisconsin, and across the United States.”
Ruth Conniff, editor-in-chief of The Progressive magazine, got to know Ed Garvey “spending many happy hours tooling around in a car with him and John Nichols, with Ed telling war stories and cracking us up.” She said, “Ed Garvey was a fearless, joyful warrior for the little guy. His sense of justice and his sense of humor were a light to us all and we will miss him terribly.” We should all be so lucky to have someone speak such a sentiment after we pass.
Ed Garvey belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but like Marvin Miller—shut out of baseball’s Hall of Fame—that day will almost certainly never come to pass. But Garvey leaves a much different, more powerful legacy than a bust in Canton, Ohio, could ever convey.

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Steve Bono
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60 Heroes: John Spagnola Taking a Hard Line for Players

After John Spagnola, originally a late-round draft pick of the New England Patriots, joined his hometown Philadelphia Eagles as a rookie free agent in 1979, he soon grew close with John Bunting. While serving as an Executive Committee member during the 1982 strike, Bunting educated Spagnola about the labor process, leading Spagnola to take the baton as the team's Player Rep in 1983. The lessons learned during that time set the foundation for Spagnola himself to become a bedrock for the union for years to come, especially during the 1987 player strike.
As Spagnola witnessed player salaries becoming a smaller piece of the growing NFL revenue pie, as well as the owners' ability to relocate franchises in the name of profit, he grew more passionate about the players' ongoing fight for free agency. When the players elected to go on a 24-day, four-game strike in 1987, the standout tight end organized a large protest outside of Veterans Stadium that drew nearly 5,000 players, fans and fellow union workers prior to a replacement game against the Chicago Bears.
Spagnola's continued efforts helped the Eagles become one of the union's strongest teams -- not one veteran player on the Eagles crossed the picket line when owners elected to use replacement players during the work stoppage.
Spagnola went on to become Executive Vice President of the NFLPA and later, following his NFL retirement in 1990, a finalist to become Executive Director following the 2008 death of Gene Upshaw. The Yale graduate has continued his work with the labor movement by serving as a paid advisor to public-employer and union pension plans in Pennsylvania.


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Some of the men of the San Diego chapter getting together! (From L-R) Chris Washington, Amon Gordon, George Jakowenko, Stephen Pierce, Britt Davis, Jason Perry, Dick Palmer, Freddy Keiaho, Mitch Palmer, Lynell Hamilton, Dennis Shaw
Orlando chapter members Steve Pisarkiewicz, Don Nottingham, Walt Briggs and president Mike McBath out supporting the Hoops for Life charity.
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The 5 Business Books That Helped Make Mark Cuban Very Rich
The Shark Tank star's path to success was helped by some useful reading material. Here's what's on his shelf. Click on the image above.

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What It Means If You Feel a Lump On Your Balls

Testicular growths may signal cancer—especially for younger men

If you’re not touching your junk every day, you ought to start, stat. Because the better you know what your balls feel like, the sooner you can spot any strange bumps and lumps down there.
Such abnormalities can signal testicular cancer—one of the few types of cancer that is more common in younger guys.
In fact, nearly half of all cases of testicular cancer occur in men ages 20 to 34, and nearly 80 percent strike before the age of 45, according to the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER).

Here’s what it means if you feel something weird on your testicles. 
The Symptoms of Testicular Cancer
The most common sign of testicular cancer is any kind of lump, hardness, mass, or irregularity inside your testicle. You might notice it randomly, like when you’re scrubbing up in the shower or re-adjusting your junk.
Pay attention to any changes in size, shape, or texture of your testicles. You might not be able to feel the mass itself, but it could make your testicle feel very firm.

You may even notice swelling and tenderness in your breasts, or a discharge from your nipples.
That’s because one of the hormones testicular cancer produces is human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG)—the same hormone that can stimulate breast growth, says Ryan Berglund, M.D., a urologist at the Cleveland Clinic.
Most testicular cancers are painless. But if the cancer has spread to other areas like your gut, spine, or lungs, you may experience symptoms like abdominal aching or pain, back pain, or coughing up blood.

Other Causes of Bumps and Lumps on Your Testicles
Not all irregularities in your testicles point to cancer.
If your balls seem heavy—or if they feel like a bag of worms—this could actually signal varicoceles, which are enlarged veins in your testicles.
About 10 to 15 percent of guys have these, and they generally don’t pose many problems. But men with varicoceles do have a sperm count that’s 41 percent lower than guys without the bulging veins, say Italian researchers.

Bumps could also come from cysts on your epididymis—a tube that connects your testicles to your vas deferens—or a testicular torsion, which is a painful condition where your testicle gets twisted and swells up.
The only way to know exactly what’s up with your nuts is to visit your doctor and get an ultrasound, says Dr. Berglund.
Risk Factors for Testicular Cancer
One of the biggest risk factors for testicular cancer is having an undescended testicle—a condition where your testicle fails to move down your scrotum before birth. This affects about 4 percent of boys born in the U.S., according to a Geisinger Medical Center report.
Having an undescended testicle can raise your risk for testicular cancer by 6 to 10 percent, says Dr. Berglund—though scientists aren’t really sure what’s responsible for the link. Your mom will know if you had this condition.

You’re also more likely to have testicular cancer if the disease runs in your family, and if you’re white: White men are about four times as likely to develop testicular cancer as black and Asian-American men are, according to SEER data.
Fortunately, your overall risk for testicular cancer is very low. About 0.4 percent of men will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime, according to that data.
How to Check For Testicular Cancer
Examine your testicles every month to check for any new abnormalities, recommends Men’s Health urology advisor Larry Lipshultz, M.D.
Perform your testicular exam while you’re in the shower, says Nicholas Cost, M.D., a urologist and assistant professor at the University of Colorado.
The warmth will relax your scrotum and make it easier for you to feel any abnormalities, he says.

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