Pro football pioneer says today's players driven by money 5/30/2011 10:03:14 AM Sherman Howard, 86 was one of the first African-American NFL players. He said young players today seem to have little interest in learning about their elders, who played for meager salaries. "They are not receptive to the older fellows," Howard told the Chicago Tribune. "They think finances is the main thing. The first thing they say is: 'How much did you make?' Well, that's not the point." Howard played halfback for the Cleveland Browns and New York Yanks in the late 1940s and early '50s. He recalled opportunities he had as a young man to meet and hear the advice of older sports celebrities such as Paul Robeson, Joe Louis, Jackie Robinson and Jesse Owens. "I don't think we ever asked Paul Robeson how much he made; we didn't ask Jesse Owens how much he made," Howard said.