Sayers challenges NFL players to assist retirees



NOVI, Mich. (AP) — Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers says NFL players should be shamed if they don’t help the pioneers of the game who played for peanuts.

Sayers spoke Friday night at an event hosted by the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund.

The former Chicago Bears running back was honored along with retired stars such as Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau and 1997 Super Bowl MVP Desmond Howard.

NFL players asked a federal appeals court earlier in the day to declare the lockout illegal almost three months after it started.

Hall of Famer Mike Ditka says it’s “goofy” both sides can’t figure out a way to share $9 billion.

Retired players are pushing for better pension and health benefits from the league and players in the next collective bargaining agreement.