Letter from Benny concerns urgent appeal from NFL Players Association

Playing golf can be an expensive proposition when you can't afford the golf cart rental. Photo: Jim Wyatt

From: Benny Ricardo

Dear Jim, Can you do me a favor and get the word out concerning this appeal.

Subject: Please Help

If you haven’t heard, hundreds of Professional Football players in our very own nation are in jeopardy of living at well below the seven-figure salary level. As if that weren’t bad enough they could be deprived of their lifestyle sustaining pay for several months, possibly longer, as a result of the upcoming lockout situation. But you can help!


For only $27,080 a month, about $902.75 a day (that’s less than the cost of a large screen projection TV) you can help an NFL player remain economically viable during his time of need. Your contribution by no means solves the problem as it barely covers the annual minimum salary, but it’s a start, and every little bit will help!

Benny Ricardo knows how tough it can be. As a former kicker in the NFL, he played for eight seasons and gave his all for five teams. Photo courtesy of Benny Ricardo

Although $900 may not seem like a lot of money to you, to a football player it could mean the difference between spending the lockout golfing in Florida or on a Mediterranean cruise. For you, nine hundred dollars is nothing more than a month’s rent, a mortgage payment, or a month of medical insurance, but to a football player, $900 will partially replace his daily salary. This will enable each NFL player to keep up his supply of growth hormones needed to remain big, fast and mean enough to give you those spine rattling hits.

Your commitment of less than $900 a day will enable a player to trade in the year-old Lexus for a new Ferrari, or enjoy a weekend in Rio or attend a sexual addiction clinic to help him come up with better leads for women than e-harmony could ever do.


Each month, you will receive a complete financial report on the player you sponsor. Detailed information about his stocks, bonds, 401(k), real estate, child support payments and other investment holdings will be mailed to your home. Plus, upon signing up for this program, you will receive an unsigned photo of the player lounging during the lockout on a beach somewhere in the Caribbean (for a signed photo, please include an additional $50). Put the photo on your refrigerator to remind you of other peoples’ suffering.


Your NFL player will be told that he has a SPECIAL FRIEND who just wants to help in his time of need. This is the least America can do for these gladiators who give us so much joy during the football season busting up their and everybody else’s body that comes their way. Players like Tiki Barber and Plexico Buress, now out of jail, are looking for employment. But of course there is none with the lockout. Even Tom Brady who’s wife Gisele Bunchen makes $45 million a year needs your help. I’m sure you can understand how difficult it would be for a man like Tom to have to ask his wife to pay his child support.


I would like to sponsor a locked out NFL player. My preference is (check below):

[ ] Offense [ ] Defense [ ] Special Teams [ ] Entire team

Please charge the account listed below $902.75 per day for the duration of the lockout. Please send me a picture of the player I’m sponsoring and my very own Roger Goodell (NFL Commissioner) pin to wear proudly on my hat (include $80 for hat). Proceeds of the hat go to the salary of Roger Goodell who’s given up his paycheck until the players and owners have an agreement.

Your Name: ____________________

Telephone Number: ___________________

Account Number: __________________Exp.Date:_______

[ ] MasterCard [ ] Visa [ ] American Express [ ] Other

Signature: _______________________

Alternate card (when the primary card exceeds its credit limit):

Account Number: _______________________ Exp.Date:_______

[ ] MasterCard [ ] Visa [ ] American Express [ ] Other

Signature: ______________________

P.S. If you have a little extra, please enclose some money for the cheerleaders. Contrary to public opinion, cheerleaders are people too and they are there for your enjoyment.


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