Registration Now Open for Philadelphia's Regional Conference
The Locker Room Returns
The NFLPA Former Players Regional Conferences return in 2015 to provide former players and their spouses with free two-day professional and personal development workshops that provide essential tools for a successful transition post football.

Click here to view all of the upcoming NFLPA Former Player events.
2015 Regional Conference Schedule

Philadelphia | June 5-6
Chicago | August 29-30
New Orleans | October 23-24
Las Vegas | December 11-12
Register for the Philadelphia Conference here.
On the first night of the NFLPA Former Player Regional Conference in Philadelphia, join us for food, drink, music, and a No Limit Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament.  Entrance into the tournament is free and winners will recieve:
 
A Big Screen TV (First Place)
An Xbox1 with Madden Video Game (Second Place)
A Marley Bluetooth Portable Audio System (Third Place)
 
Also, all attendees will be eligible to win one of our many raffle prizes.
Access the Locker Room by registering for the Philadelphia Conference here.

PLAYER NEWS

NFL Veteran-Turned-Entrepreneur Says Adaptability Is Key to a Winning Game Plan
Israel Idonije | April 29, 2015

In the NFL, adapting to different positions, coaching styles and the strategies of opposing teams is imperative to staying in the game. And in business, adaptability is similarly crucial to your longevity.

The average career of an NFL player lasts 3.3 years. A coach once told me that if a player lasts 10 years in the league, he will have been a huge success. From that very moment, I set a goal to play in the NFL for at least 10 years.

My long-term goal required that my short-term goals be flexible -- adjusting on an almost-constant basis. My first job was on the practice squad in 2003. Then, I earned a position on special teams. In 2005, I was brought in for third downs, and I finally landed a spot as a full-time starter in 2009.

At each level, I needed to adapt physically and mentally to changing opportunities. For instance, one adjustment meant playing tackle and gaining weight until I was 315 pounds. Shortly thereafter, I had to lose all that weight to drop to a lean 260 pounds. If I had not been able to adapt every step along the way, there's no way I would have seen an 11-year career.

In business, circumstances also change, and not recognizing when adjustments are necessary can lead to your company’s demise. Here are four areas to always keep top of mind:

1. Competition
What is your competition doing? Are competitors offering something that you aren't? Has a new player entered the market? What differentiates your business from others? It's imperative to study the competition so that you know the adjustments that are necessary to outperform them.

2. Customers
Are you connecting with your customers? Are you interactive and responsive? Now, more than ever, the communication cycle has a direct effect on your ability to stay on top of current conditions impacting your niche -- allowing you to get a feel for where the market is headed and what your target audience is consuming.

3. Technology

Are you keeping up with technology? Do you frequently look for new ways to streamline what you do? Technology trends can reveal new markets or merchandising opportunities, but they can also introduce new methods to give your business a winning edge.

4. The Plan

Are you regularly reviewing short- and long-term goals to identify any corrections that need to be made? Draw out the big picture for your business -- but know that this is merely a starting point that is bound to evolve. A business plan is like a football game plan in that, sometimes, the strategy must change mid-game to adjust to what the competition is doing.

To this end, small, incremental changes may be the most effective. Other times, however, a major transformation is in order. Either way, stay nimble so you can navigate toward your end goal.

To read the full post on Entrepreneur, click here.
Professional Athletes Foundation
May Message
Dear Former Players and Friends,

Don’t you just love spring time?  So far, the season is off to a great start here in Washington, DC. Flowers are in bloom with beautiful variations of yellow, pink and white.  The grass is a rich green and the sky a bold blue. A new season awaits our ambitions.

No one felt this more than the young men who were lucky enough to hear their names called at the NFL Draft in Chicago.  As I was watching, I couldn’t help reminiscing about my own personal football journey. The highs. The lows. The victories and the challenges.  And if I knew then what I know now, oh, how much I would have done differently.

But there is a bit of beauty in the ebbs and flows of my past.  I now have the opportunity to put those first hand lessons to good use as I help guide my own children on their journeys.

And I’m not alone in this mindset.  Several former players heard their sons’ names called this weekend during the Draft.  What a wonderful opportunity we have to guide our sons first hand through the game and beyond.  Furthermore, what a wonderful realization for both generations of these players, father and son alike, this past weekend.


We all know how much time and effort goes into playing and then transitioning to a life after football. Let’s make sure we are doing enough to guide each other to the resources that can make the decision process on a number of things a bit easier.

Like a father guides his son, let’s guide one another.  Take action and connect to the resources at yourpaf.com for clarity when it comes to improving the quality of your life. Your opportunities await.

I can’t get over how time flies, but I promise it gets better. Enjoy each and every moment!

-Andre Collins

Click here to view new articles everyday from YourPAF.com.

PLAYER SURVEY

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BUSINESS

Upcoming Online Workshop
An Insider's View: Securing Capital to Grow Your Business
 

Accessing capital to fuel your business’ growth is a lot tougher today than it used to be—and because of all the different options available, it requires a more savvy borrower than ever before.

Join us for an insider’s view into the new world of online lending. This webinar will feature OnDeck Contributing Editor Ty Kiisel, author of: "Getting a Business Loan: Financing Your Main Street Business".

You’ll leave this webinar understanding:

  • How the different types of financing work and who provides them
  • Which financing options are right for different types of businesses – and how likely you are to get approved
  • How to apply for financing, and what to expect after the application is submitted Ty is the author of "Getting a Business Loan: Financing Your Main Street Business" as well as a contributing editor for OnDeck, an online platform where millions of small businesses can obtain affordable loans with a fraction of the time and effort that it takes through traditional channels.

Presenter: Ty Kiisel, Contributing Editor,OnDeck Capital
When: Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm EST / 10:00 am PST
Duration: 1 Hour
Host: SCORE Association

Register for Workshop
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HEALTH & SAFETY

Learn more about the Football Players Health Study
The Football Players Health Study at Harvard University has launched its first questionnaire for all former NFL players. To learn more about the study, click on the video above to watch and go to the website:
http://footballplayershealth.harvard.edu.
IN OUR OWN WORDS: Health Study
An Evidence-Based Study: Nolan Harrison - Skype Interview
"I support the study because it is going to provide answers down the road for a lot of the things that are circumstantial ,or we just don't have hard evidence for. so we can get some good, unique treatments for our guys."
-Nolan Harrison
Click on the video to watch.
Former players can sign up to receive a questionnaire by clicking here.
Visit YourPAF everyday in the month of May for information and articles to promote Mental Health Awareness.

Follow the conversation on Twitter: #MentalHealthAwareness

THE TRUST CORNER

Rethink Nutrition
EXOS Tip of the Week

Click the video to watch the tip of the week.
To learn more about EXOS and other offerings of The Trust, visit their website.

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NFLPA Former Players Services Department

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Nolan Harrison | Sr. Director
Dee Becker | Asst. Director
Lorenzo Kaufman | Sr. Manager
Nathan Johnson | Assistant
Health, Career, Education and Lifestyle Programs for Former Players
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Helping players  in need.

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Andre Collins | Executive Director
Tyrone Allen | Director
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Leslie Isler | Coordinator

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Player Care Foundation
Monetary grants for qualified vested former players experiencing hardships.
800-635-4625
NFL Player Benefits Office
Baltimore, MD
NFL Benefits Office for T&P, Disability, Plan 88, pension, second career, annuity and other benefits filing.
800-638-3186
Former Player Life Improvement Plan
Joint replacement, discount prescription card, assisted living and more.
800-NFL-GOAL
Affordable Care Act Information
Former players looking for help with health insurance.
800-318-2596
www.healthcare.gov
Social Networks
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Reaching Out
Please update your contact information to learn more about what the Former Player Services Department offers our players.  You can also update your dues as well.  Print out and send in the membership application form, or renew your membership online through your profile page on NFLPA.com.

Download Membership Application

You can also call Membership Services at 202-756-9170 if you have any membership questions, needs or wish to renew over the phone.
Membership Rewards
ONE TEAM Shop is the official online store of the NFLPA, and features name and number product for EVERY current player.  Former players be sure to check the Member Benefits section of NFLPA.com for your 25% discount code.
Former player members receive a 20% discount on purchases at NFLShop and 877-NFL-SHOP
Links Unlimited provides 20% to former player members.
Save 40-50% through Callaway Golf's VIP Program. Email your name and email address to formerplayers@nflpa.com. We will set up your online account so you can begin shopping immediately.
VIP Tour Services - to confirm a VIP Guide for Disney Theme Park visits, call 407-560-4033.

Transition Resources

Health Partners
View Retrofit's website for former players.
Mayo Clinic would like to reach out to invite former player members to receive a proactive comprehensive heart health evaluation at one of their locations.  Schedule an appointment by contacting Elva Ortiz (Program Coordinator) at hearthealth@mayo.edu or call 480-301-8216
If you and your family do not have health insurance, the NFLPA is proud to recommend Working America Health Care.  In collaboration with GoHealth, Working America Health Care offers you:
  • information about health care law
  • an easy way to shop for health insurance
  • the lowest rates available
Don't sit on the bench and miss out on this unique opportunity.

Call 800-907-8683 or visit the NFLPA specific website.
Job Training
CareerOneStop is your pathway to career success.  If you are looking for a job, training, help switching careers, or resume and interviewing tips, CareerOneStop.com has the tools to help.
Business Mentoring
With over 13,000 volunteers in 347 chapters, SCORE has the expertise you need to succeed.

Use the Chapter Locator to find a SCORE office near you and request a free face to face mentoring meeting.
Education
The NFLPA has partnered with the University of Phoenix to provide former player members with educational opportunities that can provide you with skills and knowledge to help you excel.  To learn more , visit our University of Phoenix member page.
American Public University (APU_ and the NFLPA have teamed up to offer former player members flexible and affordable online degree programs and career services.

Former player members also have access to a variety of career services, including career coaching, mentoring and networking opportunities, as well as university-sponsored job boards and career fairs.

Visit APU's former player website for more information.
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