“Original Dryer Plaintiffs” Oppose Proposed NFL Settlement


“Original Dryer Plaintiffs” Oppose Proposed NFL Settlement in Retired Players’ Right of Publicity Lawsuit

 Proposed NFL deal opposed: “Players give up everything –get nothing” 

Minneapolis, MN – (March 26, 2013) – Six retired National Football League (NFL) players—the “Original Dryer Plaintiffs”—who filed a class action complaint against the NFL alleging that their publicity rights were violated in NFL promotions, all oppose a settlement proposed by the NFL. 

“The proposed settlement requires retired players to surrender all their past and future publicity rights – and receive nothing directly in return,” says lead plaintiff Fred Dryer, who played in the NFL between 1969 and 1981. Dryer remains the only player in NFL history to record two safeties in one game. 

The Dryer v. National Football League case seeks fair compensation for retired players whose identities have been used in NFL Films and elsewhere after their contracts expired.  Dryer filed the lawsuit with fellow retired players Elvin Bethea, Jim Marshall, Dan Pastorini, Joe Senser and Ed White. 

On March 18, 2013, the NFL and a handful of other retired players submitted a class-wide settlement proposal to the Court.  Contrary to the NFL announcement on that day, the case has not been settled.  In fact, the Original Dryer Plaintiffs oppose the proposed settlement, largely because no retired player who forfeits his rights will receive any direct payment or benefit from the settlement funds.  The Court considered arguments on preliminary approval of the proposed settlement at a hearing on March 22 in Fort Myers, Florida. 

If retired players or heirs of deceased prior players wish to know more about the proposed settlement, they can visit www.nflretireepublicitysettlement.com and www.dryervnfl.com

Media Contacts:

Jon Bier 646 541-5256 jon.bier@sweeneyvesty.com 

Amelia Vereb 614 286-7226 amelia.vereb@sweeneyvesty.com


About Jeff Nixon

Jeff was a first team consensus All-American from the University of Richmond in 1978. He is 7th in NCAA history with 23 career interceptions. Played for the Buffalo Bills 1979-1984. Led the team with 6 interceptions in Rookie Year. Holds Bills record for 4 takeaways in a single game - 3 interceptions and a fumble recovery. Tied Bills record with four consecutive games with an interception. After 5 knee surgeries Jeff retired from pro football in 1985. He worked for 13 years (1988-2000) as the Youth Bureau Director for Buffalo and Erie County. He has worked for the past 11 years as the Youth Employment Director for Buffalo. Plays guitar and was voted best R&B guitar player by Buffalo Nightlife Magazine in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Posted on April 1, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I completely agree with the guys rejecting this settlement. Just a big payday for the lawyers. These guys just charge whatever they want. Must be nice to do business like that. Shows how disconnected the lawyers are from the real world the rest of us live in. Keep up the fight you original six and thank you for all your efforts for all retired players.

    Scott Kozak ( Houston Oilers)

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