In This Week's FPN
- Hilarious video on the serious topic of sexual consent using a "Tea" metaphor
- Marques Ogden publishes a book on his transition
- Atlanta Trust Captain Event October 29th 
- SCORE workshop
- TED Talk: Programming your mind for success
- Register for the October 23-24 New Orleans Regional Conference, compete for great prizes like an XBox and a large screen TV!


Former NFL Player Marques Ogden Goes From Broke to New Book
Oct 19, 2015 Carlos Dias Jr. FORBES CONTRIBUTOR

In a 2009 article, Sports Illustrated found that 78 percent of former NFL players had gone bankrupt or were under financial stress after only being retired for two years. From unscrupulous investments, freeloaders, medical issues, and competitive showing-off, several professional athletes were stunned by the result of living an expensive life. For Marques Ogden, doing the right thing cost his life’s savings and falling into the common statistic.
Ogden, a 2002 graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft (Jack Del Rio’s first draft class a new head coach). Playing with the Jaguars for two seasons, he was also part of the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, and Tennessee Titans. While playing in the NFL, Ogden participated in a program through the University of Southern California in project development and construction. He officially retired from the NFL in 2009 and joined Reading Express of the Indoor Football League from 2010 until 2011.
In a recent interview with Forbes, Ogden discussed being frugal while in the NFL to spiraling out of control after one business mistake that left him with $4,100 in his bank account, eventually filing for bankruptcy, and having his home foreclosed. He also divulged how depression almost cost his life and how an NFL player’s card helped him get back on track to becoming a motivational speaker and writing a new book.

Click HERE for the full article

Click HERE for the book
Retired NFL player and wife open up new gym in Paso Robles 
By Leslie Jones

Local sports celebrity Dennis Harrah and his wife Teresa recently opened a new fitness gym, Gotta B Fit in downtown Paso Robles. Dennis has attained many awe-inspiring athletic feats including having spent 13 years with the Los Angeles Rams, including six years as captain.
Additionally he was the number one draft choice from the University of Miami, he spent six years in the Pro Bowl, was All American for the University of Miami, became a nominee for the National Football League (NFL) Hall of Fame in 1992 and was inducted into the Orange County, University of Miami and West Virginia Halls of Fame.
Along with his wife, Teresa, he now supports others in the Paso Robles community and beyond by encouraging them to stay healthy and fit. He has mentored younger athletes now in the NFL, he’s often been a motivational speaker at schools and youth groups and has previously been involved with such affiliations as the DARE program.
“Anytime I speak to a youth group I let them know that you are who your friends are so choose them wisely. When they are in a tough situation always ask yourself what would a good man do in a situation and do it,” said Dennis.
Teresa, who has a long list of health and wellness certifications, offers one-on-one personal training in a private setting with state-of-the-art training equipment. “My goal is to train with all the passion and care to allow each client to learn about fitness, diet, personal goals & general health. My personal experience and range of clients over the last 20 years has given me a gift of lifelong friendships & a love for fitness,” said Teresa.
She too holds a strong interest in speaking with local affiliations including students on the topic of health and wellness. Her emphasis is to help others attain personal wellness goals and successes based on their own personal lifestyles and needs.
Teresa and Dennis have lived on Harrah Ranch – an equine retirement community near Cass Winery in the pastoral outskirts of Paso Robles – for the past six years and consider Paso Robles a wonderful community in which to live. “There’s a strong sense of community that exudes from cattle ranchers and vintners to those who have been raised here and transplants alike.
There’s a personal pride, strong sense of history and people want to preserve the special qualities we have here,” said Teresa.

For more information on Paso Robles personal training visit the website at Gotta B Fit, or Facebook page, or call Teresa at (805) 712-5166.
Former NFL player visits Grove Middle School
By Chloe C. Farmer Grove Sun
Tuesday, Oct. 20, Grove Middle School hosted motivational speaker Jimmie Bell. Bell, a former defensive lineman, is from Youngstown, Ohio. Bell was one of the top defensive recruits in 1992. He was courted and eventually signed with Ohio State University. His first week at the university he tore his ACL. Bell battled back from his injury, going on to be a two time Big Ten championship and winning the 1997 Rose Bowl Championship.

But that was not enough for Bell. He continued on and played for the New York Giants and the San Diego Chargers in the National Football League.

Now Bell spends his time working with Sports World, a company that works with professional athletes, sharing and encouraging through their experiences. Bell says he travels about twice a month for a week at a time, speaking positivity and motivating students.

“I’m gonna be totally honest with you. Oklahoma is my favorite place because, you guys have a level of freedom that allows people to express positivity and faith that actually the kids and other people need to hear,” says Bell. “You don’t even have to necessarily agree with it, but if it’s a positive message and uplifting and progressive message, then why not? But you guys are totally open to that, because it means something to the kids… And that’s what I love about Oklahoma.”

Bell spoke for an hour to the Ridgerunner students, who listened with apt attention. At the end of the hour, Bell signed player cards and took pictures with the students.
“What I challenge all athletes to do is to be extraordinary and do what extraordinary people do. Don’t fall into the realm of being ordinary,” said Bell.

For more information on Bell or Sports World, visit
Tea Consent
Hilarious video on the serious topic of sexual consent using a "Tea" metaphor
CNNMoney's Christine Romans shares her secrets for a dream retirement.
7 Mistakes to Avoid When Setting Up Your Business Online

When it comes to online marketing, are you wondering if there's something that you're missing? Wondering if there's something you could be doing better? No worries. You're not alone. From domain names to websites to social media, many small business owners worry that they're not getting it right. After all, there's an awful lot to think about.

Take this online workshop to presented in partnership with Internet experts Verisign and GoDaddy who walk through 7 common errors that small businesses make when setting up shop online. They reveal overlooked marketing tips to help you get more out of the Internet for your business. You know, so you can get back to doing what you do best: making something awesome happen.

Programming your mind for success | Carrie Green | TEDxManchester

Programming your mind for success | Carrie Green 

Many of our former player chapters will have the opportunity to participate in these great events across the country in the coming months. I encourage you all to participate if you can as we all know someone who has been affected by diabetes.


Nolan Harrison III

You can Step Out and make a difference! Everyone has a very personal reason for participating in Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. Hear Step Out participants explain why they Step Out in this video. 
Membership Reward Spotlight
Great news! The former player discount has been increased from 25% to 30%!!! Spread the word and enjoy!!!

Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the Former Players Regional Conferences in New Orleans and Las Vegas.

Click on the images above to register for the events to gain access to both the Professional Development Program and Locker Room social event featuring a free buy in poker tournament with prizes like a big screen television and an XBox!.

Click here or scroll down for information and links to the entire slate of NFLPA Former Player events.
2015 Regional Conference Schedule

New Orleans | October 23-24 (Registration Now Open)
Las Vegas | December 11-12 (Registration Now Open)

Click here to register and view all of the upcoming NFLPA Former Player events.



Hear how The Trust's mission and services are improving the lives of former players directly from players who have experienced them firsthand.

The Trust/EXOS Breakfast Club
What Is The Breakfast Club?
To learn more about the transition offerings of The Trust, visit their website.
We are "One Team", built around a fraternity of former NFL Players who are aligned, connected and engaged, working together in life beyond football.

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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:
Former players can sign up to receive a questionnaire by clicking here.

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Monetary grants for qualified vested former players experiencing hardships.

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Joint replacement, discount prescription card, assisted living and more.

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Former players looking for help with health insurance.

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Click HERE for more information on Off The Field Players' Wives Association

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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

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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 for your 30% 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 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.
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Transition Resources

Featured Partners

Athlife provides assistance to former players with all aspects of their education goals and helps players develop degree completion plans that allow flexibility to not return to campus or transfer. 

All former players are eligible with an NFLPA Former Player Membership. (Former players with 2+ credited seasons are eligible through The Trust.)

To access the membership benefits of Athlfe, please call:
(202) 756-9132.
The YMCA believes in strengthening individuals and communities. With a presence in 10,000 neighborhoods across the country, the Y has the reach and ability to help you transition to life off the playing field.

All former players are eligible with an NFLPA Former Player Membership. (Former players with 2+ credited seasons are eligible through The Trust.)

To access the free YMCA membership, call today:  
(202) 212-6188

Health Partners

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 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, 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.


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.

Don't forget to visit the NFL Players Association's website for updates and information about all players. One Team!
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