NEW YORK (WFAN) — Former Giants wide receiver Phil McConkey has few regrets.
But the 1987 strike was a big one.
McConkey took aim at the NFL Players Association on Tuesday for fighting the league’s free-agency policy more than 25 years ago, putting health issues on the back burner.
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.”
Esiason was the Cincinnati Bengals’ player representative during the strike.