Roman Phifer is best known for being the starting linebacker and defensive leader of a Patriots team that won three Super Bowls. He's a little less known as the Broncos' current assistant linebackers coach. And he's even less known for being a documentary filmmaker...
Phifer's film, titled Blood Equity, shows the struggles that former NFL players have to go through everyday, living with the price of putting your body on the line for their entire careers.
Featuring interviews with the likes of Tony Dorsett, Mike Ditka, Harry Carson, Darryl Johnston, and Willie Wood, the film also questions then-NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw's commitment to retired players and calls for the NFLPA to do more for the athletes that shaped the game, as well as publicising an organisation that already helps retired players, the Gridiron Greats Foundation.
Here's the trailer:
And here's a piece on the film, featuring Phifer and co-producer Rico McClinton:
All in all, I think it's a film worth watching, if only because it was made by one of our coaches (which is pretty cool), but, really, anything that tries to get help for these broken-down bodies deserves a little attention - at least.
UPDATE: You can also watch the film on Hulu. Thanks to troycdunn finding it!