Football Players Unite to Block the Lockout

This holiday season, NFL legends Tony Dorsett and Barry Sanders share with fans some of their greatest Thanksgiving Day memories.

As standouts with the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions, Dorsett and Sanders were an unforgettable part of the celebrated tradition of the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day games.

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Only here can you hear straight from two of the biggest names in football what it was like to play on the world’s greatest stage on one of America’s greatest holidays, said NFL Players Association (NFLPA) in a statement issued Wednesday, Nov. 24.

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Dorsett and Sanders also take the time to thank the fans of the NFL for their year-round support and dedication.

With a potential lockout of the 2011 season on the horizon, these legends stress how football goes beyond the gridiron – it is part of our country’s tradition and culture, they say.

No one knows better than Dorsett and Sanders how devastating a Thanksgiving without football would be, the Association believes.

It asks fans to help players block the lockout by signing a petition. Why? Because, it says, the players want to play football and fans want to see America’s most popular sport. The online petition is available at:

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Meanwhile, NFLPA president Kevin Mawae has approached the elected officials, alerting them of the urgency of the current NFL labor negotiations.

Dated Nov. 22, 2010, the NFLPA president’s letters implored governors and mayors to consider the economic impact a lockout would have on the people they represent.

Photo courtesy: NFLPA

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