Retired player: Rookie wage scale “could go a long way in assisting pioneers of professional football”

The header “NFL first-round picks received over $528 million in guaranteed bonuses in 2010” tops a recent story written by retired NFL player Jeff Nixon (right), a member of the national advocacy committee for the “Fourth and Goal” organization of NFL alumni.

“So another year goes by without a rookie wage scale,” Nixon writes on the Fourth and Goal Unites website. “How do you as a former player feel about this?”

“Most of the rookie wage scale savings will obviously come from the first round draft picks, but even if a wage scale is set, all 32 of the players selected in next year’s draft will still be multi-millionaires before they set one foot on an NFL field,” adds Nixon, who played four seasons at defensive back for the Buffalo Bills beginning in 1979.

“By adopting a rookie wage scale,” Nixon concludes. “The active players could go a long way in assisting the pioneers of professional football and the veteran players that have already proven themselves in the NFL.”

For the complete Fourth and Goal Unites article, click here.

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