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With profound simplicity, Coach John Wooden redefines success and urges us all to pursue the best in ourselves. In this inspiring talk he shares the advice he gave his players at UCLA, quotes poetry and remembers his father's wisdom.
Isaiah Stanback is opening his new fitness center ‘Steadfast Fitness and Performance” in Coppell TX
Isaiah Stanback and his business partner Jared Harrison are inviting the community to take part in an open house at Steadfast Fitness and Performance located at 801 Hammond Street in Coppell on Jan. 30. Events throughout the day will include a boot camp class, ribbon cutting ceremony, live DJ and free fitness demonstrations. 

The recent expansion of the center to create a 14,000 square foot engaging, positive and energetic facility promotes a steadfast dedication to health, fitness and performance while transforming all aspects of life, positively affecting individuals and their entire families. 

The newly expanded facility will allow individuals, families, groups, school teams and organizations to participate in various activities from boot camps to indoor game day training for local athletic teams of all kinds. Corporate customers can also take advantage of motivational seminars and team building programs onsite for their employees.

Stanback accomplished athletic success as a professional football player. His career included playing with the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. He earned a Super Bowl championship with the New York Giants. Stanback is now pursuing success as a business owner, having co-founded Steadfast Fitness & Performance, which was launched in Flower Mound in March of 2013. 

Following college, Stanback was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles, which he turned down to focus on his professional football career. He also wanted to further his education in order to prepare better for a post-athletic business career. He earned his MBA degree from George Washington University. He met his wife Natalie while attending the University of Washington. He is the proud father of a 3-year-old daughter, Nadia and one-year-old twins, Isaac and Skye.

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Walter Camp Football Foundation, former NFL players spread education message in New Haven
David Fulcher, former NFL safety with the Cincinnati Bengals, president of the Walter Camp Alumni Association and College Hall of Fame inductee representing Arizona State University, spoke during the Walter Camp Football Foundation Stay in School Rally Thursday at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven
By Brian Zahn, New Haven Register

NEW HAVEN >> With an assist from the Walter Camp Football Foundation, nearly 2,000 area middle schoolers heard about the importance of education Thursday morning from a new messenger: former National Football League players.
Greg Skrepenak and David Fulcher, both All-American from their time playing football in college, urged students to stay in school in order to chase future success.
Skrepenak, who played at the University of Michigan before spending several years in the NFL, told students that when he was given his release after falling out of playing condition, he knew he had an education to carry him through the rest of his life.
“My body had started failing me, but I was excited about what the future would hold for me,” he said. “They can’t take away from you what you know.”
Skrepenak, who entered politics after his playing career, serving as commissioner of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, for several years before accepting a plea deal to 24 months in federal prison for accepting a bribe, said teachers often repeat messages, and he hopes they get through to students.
“It’s one thing to throw a pass; it’s another to catch it,” he said. “For the rest of your lives, you have to take care of yourselves.”
Fulcher, who played for Arizona State University for three years before a professional career, told students they are in control of their own lives.
“If you want to play football, you’ve still go to go to college,” he said.
Fulcher said while he was growing up in Los Angeles he received a message from his surroundings that he wouldn’t “be worth anything,” but he pursued any opportunity available to him.
Superintendent of Schools Garth Harries charged the students with finding one passion. He asked students to identify themselves as lovers of sports, arts and helping others, before asking who likes a paycheck, to a shrieking crowd.
“Stay in school to be successful in your life and in college,” he said.
Al Carbone, a representative of the Walter Camp Football Foundation, said the all-volunteer organization is invested in its community.
“It’s our commitment to the New Haven area to really recognize the youth who are going to aspire to be great athletes or great students or great people in life,” he said.
Carbone said the organization has been holding these rallies for 20 years, as an extension of its Walter Camp Weekend activities.
“We consider New Haven the football capital of the world on this weekend, and it’s to honor and give back to the local community,” he said. “It makes New Haven a pretty special place in a pretty cold weekend in January.”
Eighth-grade athletes from Barnard Environmental Magnet School said the rally underlined the reasons they’ve wanted to stay in school.
“Our coach tells us to stay in school. I do it to stay with sports,” said student Joshua Cintron, who plays football and basketball.
Teammate Elijah Harper said he takes his designated role as student-athlete to heart.
“We have to take care of our school first,” he said.
Sean Hardy, a paraprofessional at Mauro-Sheridan School, said the rally, held in the Floyd Little Athletic Center at James Hillhouse High School, is an exciting opportunity for his students to get a glimpse of high school life. Football players from Hillhouse and Wilbur Cross High School sat around the perimeter of the center’s court.
“Hopefully this will encourage them to stay in school, set a plan and go for what they want,” Hardy said.
Others on the roster at the rally were James Jones, head coach of the Yale men’s basketball team, and Mayor Toni Harp, who also sits as president of the New Haven Board of Education.
“Mayor Harp has really role modeled for boys and girls leading the city of New Haven,” said Carbone. “A focus of ours is to reach out to youth and spread good messages.”

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Registration is now open for the 2016 Former Players Convention, which will be held in Maui, Hawaii from March 19-23, 2016.

Join us for four days of reuniting and networking with teammates, exciting guest speakers, sports, island excursions, and fun events for the entire family.

The first 100 former players who register will receive $500 towards either their flight* to Hawaii or hotel room costs** during the event. This would be in addition to the special hotel rates that are guaranteed and start at $259/night + taxes and fees.

If you have any questions, please call Former Player Services at 
(202) 372-9132We hope to see you In Hawaii!


Register Now

The $500 flight credit is for the former players’ flight only and cannot be transferred. To be eligible to receive the credit:

  • Flights must be booked through Stacey McAlexander at World Travel (888-505-6375 x5845);  Flights must be paid for within 24 hours of making your reservation or your name will be removed from the list and a ‘space’ will not be held for you.
  • You must attend the entire conference (March 19-23).
  • You must stay at the Ritz Carlton Kapalua. 
  • The $500 flight credit will be reimbursed by the NFLPA after the event.
  • For flights less than $500, you will not be rebated the difference between your ticket cost and $500.

 **$500 hotel room credit is for the former players’ first room only (additional rooms do not qualify). To be eligible to receive this credit, you must attend entire conference (March 19 – 23).  The $500 credit will appear on your hotel bill at checkout.

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7 Things Mentally Strong People Never Do
Quit these bad habits and you'll become massively more resilient instantly.
By Jessica Stillman Contributor,

You know how to become physically stronger -- just hit the gym and work those muscles. But how do you become mentally stronger?

According to psychotherapist Amy Morin, building your capacity to deal with negativity and adversity isn't about building mental muscle mass; it's about subtracting the harmful habits of thought that waste your energy and make you weaker.

Her book 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do details exactly the sort of destructive thinking you should cut out of your life if you want to radically increase your resilience. It's based on a post she wrote on the same topic, which went viral. If you're looking to kick some bad mental habits and toughen yourself up, it's a great source of ideas to get you started. Here are a few things you should stop doing for improved mental strength.

1. Feeling sorry for yourself
Your grandmother was right -- there is little benefit in crying over spilled milk. Bad, unfair things sadly happen. Moping about them is just a waste of your energy. "Mentally strong people don't sit around feeling sorry about their circumstances or how others have treated them. Instead, they take responsibility for their role in life and understand that life isn't always easy or fair," Morin writes.
This advice is a bit controversial, however. Other experts have argued that a short, controlled burst of wallowing after a setback is a healthy way to be kind to yourself, process negative emotion, and learn from your experience. But everyone agrees: If feeling sorry for yourself goes on and on with no constructive benefits, it's time to suck it up and take responsibility for moving forward.

2. Avoiding change
If ever there was a losing battle, it's trying to avoid change. Not. Going. To. Happen. Mentally strong people know this. They "welcome positive change and are willing to be flexible. They understand that change is inevitable and believe in their abilities to adapt."

3. Trying to please everyone
Trying to please everyone often means you end up never pleasing yourself. The mentally strong are considerate of others but they don't make this mistake. "They're not afraid to say no or speak up when necessary. They strive to be kind and fair, but can handle other people being upset if they didn't make them happy," writes Morin.

4. Repeating mistakes
You've no doubt heard the oft-repeated (and possibly misattributed) Einstein quotethat says "the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result." The truly resilient take this truth to heart. "They accept responsibility for their behavior and learn from their past mistakes," so that they don't make them again, Morin asserts.

5. Resenting others' success
Envy may be natural but it's also a pointless energy suck. All the thought you're pouring into comparing yourself with others could be put to better use. The mentally strong "don't grow jealous or feel cheated when others surpass them. Instead, they recognize that success comes with hard work, and they are willing to work hard for their own chance at success," she believes.
Of course, that's easier said than done for many of us mere mortals. Luckily, there's practical advice out there on how to talk yourself out of your envy.

6. Fearing alone time
Did you read about that study that found many people would rather give themselves a shock than spend time alone with their thoughts? The mentally tough wouldn't need that electric zing. "They enjoy their own company and aren't dependent on others for companionship and entertainment all the time but instead can be happy alone," Morin insists.

7. Feeling the world owes you something
Those with real resilience expect to work for everything they have. "They weren't born with a mentality that others would take care of them or that the world must give them something. Instead, they look for opportunities based on their own merits."

The opinions expressed here by columnists are their own, not those of

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Mark your calendar! Four dates you need to know for a Marketplace health insurance plan

From dentist appointments to dinner reservations, there are times when it’s probably OK to be a little late. But if you are looking to benefit from a Marketplace health insurance plan, you really need to mark your calendar to avoid fees related to being uninsured, as well as the financial risks associated with being uninsured.

Dates to know if you’re uninsured:
  • November 1, 2015:  Open Enrollment starts — first day you can enroll in a 2016 Marketplace plan
  • December 15, 2015:   Last date for you to enroll in a 2016 Marketplace plan, with an effective date starting January 1, 2016.
  • January 1, 2016:   First date 2016 coverage starts.
  • January 31, 2016:   2016 Open Enrollment ends. If you don’t enroll by this date, you can’t enroll in a health insurance plan for 2016 unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
Need health insurance? Don’t get overwhelmed by the tens of thousands of options. Instead, take advantage of Working America Health Care! You’ll receive personalized, unbiased support before, during, and AFTER plan enrollment. Visit or call 1-855-698-2479 to learn more.

Dates to know if you’re renewing your Marketplace health insurance plan

Those who are renewing their health marketplace insurance should shop around for the best value by the December 15, 2015 deadline, and expect coverage to start January 1, 2016.

Already insured? It’s still a good idea to shop around. Even if you’re happy with your plan, consider renewing through a licensed agent recommended by the Working America Health Care program.  After you’ve enrolled, as a member of Working America or a labor union, you can receive a complimentary personal health advocate, who can answer questions about coverage, help you understand your benefits, and much more! Visit or call 1-855-698-2479 to learn more.

Membership Reward Spotlight
A complimentary 2-year subscription to Robb Report magazine is now available to all NFLPA former player members. Celebrating its 40th year, Robb Report is the unquestioned authority on the luxury lifestyle. Every issue features the best automobiles, travel destinations, watches, yachts, planes, and much more. Your subscription includes annual issues like Best of the Best, Car of the Year, Ultimate Gift Guide, and the 40th Anniversary special plus free access to the iPad and iPhone editions. Regularly a $100 value. Click here for details.

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Overcome Obstacles: EXOS Tip of the Week

Overcoming obstacles and problems along the way to your goal is expected. It is part of the journey. Going after any goal with this in the back of your mind can help you face those challenges.

Learn how to push through your challenges with this video.

To learn more about the transition offerings of The Trust, visit their website.

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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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Updated NFLPA FPSD Resource Book!
The new resource book with information on NFLPA Former Player Services, The Trust, the PAF and other important resources is now available to view on your smart phone and tablets. Click this link for easy access. 
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Benefits Department

Available to answer player benefits and insurance questions.

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Miki Yaras-Davis | Sr. Director
Bethany Marshall | Director
Chris Smith | Asst. Director
Adora Williams | Sr. Manager
Brian Francis | Coordinator

Professional Athletes Foundation

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Helping players  in need.

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Learn more about the Football Players Health Study
The Football Players Health Study at Harvard University is now the largest study of its kind. This study will benefit former players for generations to come, let's keep the momentum going! 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.
Monetary grants for qualified vested former players experiencing hardships.

NFL Player Benefits Office

Baltimore, MD
NFL Benefits Office for T&P, Disability, Plan 88, pension, second career, annuity and other benefits filing.

Former Player Life Improvement Plan

Joint replacement, discount prescription card, assisted living and more.
Off the Field is the national football player wives association 
Click HERE for more information on Off The Field Players' Wives Association

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.
Union Plus is brought to you by Union Privilege, established by the AFL-CIO to provide consumer benefits to members and retirees of participating labor unions. Learn More

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.

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 Penn State World Campus to support the educational needs of NFLPA members. The World Campus offers more than 100 accredited graduate degrees, undergraduate degrees, certificates, and minors.

Penn State ranked as the No. 1 institution in the nation for producing the best-prepared, most well-rounded graduates who are most able to succeed once hired, according to a survey by The Wall Street Journal.

Penn State World Campus offers NFLPA members a tuition reduction benefit for all degree and certificate programs. Learn more about how you can receive a top-quality education, completed at your convenience, from one of the world’s most renowned universities. 
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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