Judge Dismisses Suit By Retired NFL Players

A federal judge in San Francisco has dismissed a lawsuit accusing the NFL players union of inadequately representing 3,500 retired players.

Judge William Alsup tossed out the case yesterday filed by former NFL players Bernie Parrish and Herb Adderley.

The suit alleged that NFL Players Association and its licensing subsidiary had done little to secure licensing deals with clothing manufacturers, video game makers and other venues.

It also sought class-action status to represent the 3,500 retired players, which it claimed may be owed "tens of millions of dollars."

The union had previously called the suit "frivolous."

Parrish was a defensive back with the Cleveland Browns and Houston Oilers from 1959 to 1966.

Adderley was a cornerback for the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys from 1961 through 1972.

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