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Former New York Giants wide receiver Phil McConkey was a guest on Boomer and Carton on 660 WFAN in New York and he made it clear that he’s upset that the NFLPA fought the NFL’s free agency policy 25 years ago.
McConkey said the Giants got together and listed their grievances — improved health benefits and severance pay among them. Free agency was at the bottom of the list, but was later announced as the union’s top priority by late NFLPA head Gene Upshaw.
“I remember thinking to myself, ‘Are we that different than (other teams)?’” McConkey told WFAN’s Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton. “I don’t think so. No, we weren’t. And what it was, was Gene Upshaw wanted to create favor with the top couple percent of guys in the league so he could stay in power, make all that money.”
McConkey says the strike of 1987 is “one of the great regrets of my life.”
“I see so many of my colleagues suffering terribly,” he said. “And I don’t blame — I really don’t blame the owners and the ma
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