"Drew Brees is stupid," Kramer said. "He's young, ignorant, has no experience and doesn't know what the hell he is talking about. Life brings a lot of different things at you, and Drew hasn't seen any of the bad ones yet. He's been fortunate, but there are a lot of different reasons out there why guys can't hold on to their money and it's not really our position to judge whether they should have held on to their money or not. They need help.’’
Brees, who is very active in the NFL Players Association, made some earlier comments about how he doesn’t feel sorry for some retired players who made bad business decisions and had to dip into their pensions early.
Obviously, benefits for retired players have been a part of the talks for a new labor deal. I respect what Kramer did as a player and I do agree there are players out there with physical ailments that deserve help. But I think Brees had a valid point that current players shouldn’t be picking up the tab for retired players who squandered their money by making bad choices.