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Hard Hitting Documentary Blood Equity Tackles Life After Football

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This weekend, all you have to do to watch bone-crushing, high impact violence is turn on either CBS or Fox's coverage of the NFL. Also this weekend, you can head over to the Laemmle Sunset 5, in West Hollywood to get some perspective on the aftermath of those helmet-to-helmet collisions.

Blood Equity features gripping testimonials from NFL legends like Mike Ditka, Harry Carson, Tony Dorsett, Darryl "Moose" Johnston and Willie Wood about the hardships and struggles of life after football. After years of winning championships and living like a hero for their abilities on the field, many players find themselves living in a world of pain, and the league that they gave their life to doesn't seem to even know or care about them.

One former NFL player who was completely unaware of the struggles of his peers was 15 year NFL veteran & 3 time Super Bowl Champion Roman Phifer. Following his retirement from the NFL in 2005, the former LA/St. Louis Ram, New England Patriot and New York Giant began working in real estate. While in Florida for a real estate convention, Phifer had the chance to attend a meeting of former pro football players thinking this would be an opportunity to hang out with some old friends. This meeting would end up serving as an eye opener.