Originally posted by wysiwyg:
They are bitter the League won't cover their multiple surgeries / disabilities
Plus, York wanted to distance himself from Eddie after Denise took over the team
Plus, what everybody else said, why would they work for free
Who said anything about them working for free? They would get paid, of course, for any kind of coaching, "special consulting", etc. That's not even in question. Also, this post is not about saying our all-time greats should want to help out their former team in some capacity - they should live their lives after football in any way they choose. That goes without saying. I just get the feeling Rice (he said so recently) and maybe others like Lott, Young, and Jones (they've all been on local radio a lot over the years talking about the team) would want to help out more and pass along their knowledge/experience when and where they could, especially to the young talent on this team that are key contributors to a team poised for more current and future success. Maybe a part of me also hopes this is the case as I vividly remember how well they played the game and also how they carried themselves on and off the field in representing the organization.
This post is about why haven't the Yorks reached out to them more (maybe they have?) or just do whatever they can to try to get some of these greats back around the team more in some teaching/influential capacity? Again, maybe they've tried. I just think it could only be a good thing to keep the bridge strong between the dynasty teams and with the current team that continues to show so much promise under Harbaugh and Baalke. The Niners are in select company with five titles...anytime you can leverage the greatness that helped bring those titles, you should do it and thus be better off in doing so, in my opinion. If these greats are willing and have expressed as much, I just hope ownership keeps that door open - I bet Jed will.