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06:22 AM ET 01.30 | Vikings center Matt Birk sent a letter that was express-mailed and delivered to every NFL player right after Thanksgiving. He asked they donate a portion of their game check from the Dec. 21 games to Gridiron Greats, the charity that benefits former players in need. There are 53 players on each team. There are 32 teams. That's 1,696 players. According to Jennifer Smith, the executive director of Gridiron Greats, as of Thursday a total of 10-15 players have sent in checks in response to what they were calling Gridiron Guardian Sunday. The response was not 10-15 players per team. That's 10-15 players total. That's not even one player per team. The money collected has reached $175,000, but $50,000 of that came from Birk himself. That's pathetic and embarrassing. For today's players to turn their backs on their forefathers who helped build the foundation that has transformed the NFL into an $8 billion a year industry with the players getting 60% of the revenue must make it hard for them to sleep at night.

New York Daily News

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