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PLAYER NEWS
Ex-NFL Players Want to Help You Find a Job
By ALYSSA NEWCOMB Feb 3, 2016, 4:34 AM ET

Two former NFL teammates are tackling the world of technology with a new app called GiiG, which is designed to cut through the obstacles many job searchers and hiring managers face when looking to fill a position.
 
Brandon King, who began his career as a cornerback for the Indianapolis Colts and Thad Turner, who began as a defensive back, told ABC News they were the perfect partners to work together on their post-NFL venture.
 
The app is a one-stop platform for employers and job seekers, who can apply to jobs with one click, send a quick video pitch and even interview in the app. This is a built-in messaging feature that allows the hiring manager and job seekers to close the loop after an interview.
 
Turner, 28, has a background in business development and after his time in the NFL, served as a consultant for a friend who was opening a gym and to the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency. King, 29, a self-described geek, said he taught himself how to code by watching YouTube videos after he left the NFL around two years ago.
 
"The NFL kind of spoils you, it was a great experience. I never wanted to work for anybody once I came out," King said. "I love the freedom and that led to entrepreneurship. I had to find some way to get there so I taught myself how to code one summer."
 
The transition from the NFL to being a founder may seem like two different worlds but both King and Turner said there were aspects of the NFL, such as teamwork, that helped prepare them for their next gig.
 
"Always outwork your opponent, just the competitive nature of it," Turner said.
Turner said he saw the issues hiring managers faced when he worked at the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency and wanted to team up with King to help solve many of the pain points of the job search process by using technology. King got to work building the app and receiving input from his teammate along the way.
 
"It makes everything more convenient with them being able to engage," King said. "A lot of people are still using Craigslist and now you have a chance to get a video and interview right from the platform. It's a lot of information early on in the hiring process."
 
Right now, many of the jobs available on GiiG are only in Atlanta, however the duo said their focus this year will be on growing the app and making more employers and job seekers around the country aware of its existence and helping them leverage the service to find the best possible talent.
 
When asked what advice he had for job seekers using GiiG, King, who chatted with ABC News over the app, offered these words of wisdom for making the interview a touchdown:
"Wear a nice shirt," he said. "And treat it like any other job interview."
 
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Ex-Steelers QB Charlie Batch's latest venture taking off in Pittsburgh
By Dani Bostick  @danibostick on Jan 29, 2016, 8:07a
 
What Pittsburgh Steelers fan didn't miss Charlie Batch this season? His calm, steady presence on the sidelines was a comfort to fans everywhere, and a source of leadership and guidance for younger members of the Pittsburgh squad. On the field, Batch contributed as well.  His improbable victory against the Baltimore Ravens in December 2012 was one of the finest performances by a backup quarterback in Steelers history.
 
Most fans know that Charlie Batch also gives back to his community through his foundation, provides keen NFL analysis, and has a successful public speaking career. One of Batch's most exciting ventures, however, is Impellia, a company that licences cutting-edge sports medicine technology developed by universities so that the general public can benefit from the latest innovations in rehabilitation and human-performance. Recently, Impellia licensed a technology called PIVOT that was developed at the University of PIttsburgh. PIVOT is a software platform that can assess the stability of the knee after an ACL injury and classify the degree of the injury.
 
As part of the Impellia team, Batch provides unique insight into the unique challenges and needs of athletes. Freddie Fu, the chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Pitt School of Medicine said, "It is important to have partners like Charlie Batch and Impellia who have a strong understanding of the needs of the marketplace to help translate our discoveries into products and services that make a difference in people's lives."
 
Charlie Batch also weighed in on the agreement, saying via the University of PIttsburgh, "We are extremely excited about the market potential of PIVOT and are honored to be working with Dr. Fu and Dr. Musahl, Through our team's growth-oriented approach, extensive domain expertise, and sales network, we have the means to build a broad platform for the technology. We are thrilled that the Innovation Institute has recognized our ability to execute significant marketing strategies and bring real-world applications to its technologies."
 
Because of this agreement, PIVOT will become accessible to trainers and medical practitioners, which will ultimately benefit athletes. Impellia has similar agreements with other universities, licensing technologies in order to make them widely accessible. They are the final step in the transition from a researcher's concept to a product people can use and benefit from.

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Looking for a career in construction management?




Former NFL players will now have an opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management from Rowan University.  This new program was created in cooperation with North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) through endorsements and will be directed by Steve Krone, director of construction and engineering management at Rowan University. 
 
The construction management program will use the same curriculum that is in place at the National Labor College. Designed for Building Trade members, the online program has opportunities to connect with faculty face-to-face every week through a video chat software similar to Skype.
 
Rowan University will begin enrollment soon and former players are encouraged to contact the university. The seven-week program will prepare students to supervise, manage, and inspect construction sites, buildings, and associated facilities. Rowan University will allow students to transfer credits earned through prior college work, apprenticeships, testing or a prior learning assessment.
 
Rowan University is a well-known public institution that is part of the New Jersey State University system and has a strong commitment to joint labor-management relations.  The university, for example, recently completed $350 million in signatory construction on its campus with plans for $650 million more.  Rowan also has NABTU representation on its governing board, and its president has close ties with Building Trades leaders in the state.   
 
The NABTU offers comprehensive formal craft training programs that set the standard in the construction industry. It also has a partnership with The Trust, which offers a scholarship fund to former players for qualified programs, including the degree in construction management from Rowan University.


To apply                                            http://www.rowanu.com/undergraduate/apply
 
Admissions Phone: (877) 787-6926
 
Construction Management         http://www.rowanu.com/programs/702
 
Virtual Campus Tour:                    http://www.rowan.edu/home/undergraduate-admissions


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HEALTH
3 Ways to Speed Up Recovery after a Hard Workout
Foam rolling isn't the only way to ease soreness. Check out these other implements that get the job done, too
BY BJ GADDOUR
 
Foam rolling is a great way to speed recovery. Kneading your muscles after a hard workout can help ease soreness by breaking up adhesions (tight knots of connective tissue) and enhancing blood flow. But a foamroller is just one of many tools you can use before, after, or between workouts to boost your mobility and fast-track your recovery. Here are three other options you've probably never considered.
 
Barbell
Use this to loosen up your calves and Achilles tendons, especially after a tough run or pickup hoops game. Place your lower legs on the bar (or even one leg at a time on the handle of a dumbbell or kettlebell) and move them from side to side to break up adhesions.
 
Resistance Band
Secure a thick, looped resistance band to an anchor point--a squat cage is perfect. Then step inside the free end so it sits above your ankle. Facing away from the anchor, walk forward a few steps to put tension in the band. Now drive your knee past your toes several times. Repeat with your other leg. Physical therapists call this "band distraction." The benefit is better ankle mobility.
 
Softball
Your targets: glutes and chest. The payoff: improved hip mobility and upper-body range of motion. Sit on a softball (or a lacrosse ball if you can handle it) and dig into your glute muscles, which can become knotted and tight from prolonged sitting. Repeat with the ball sandwiched between your chest and a wall.

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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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The Trust will hold and participate in various events aimed at connecting players with each other and with our services. Check this page often as it will be continually updated with new events.
 

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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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    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:
    http://footballplayershealth.harvard.edu.
    Former players can sign up to receive a questionnaire by clicking here.
    Monetary grants for qualified vested former players experiencing hardships.
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    NFL Player Benefits Office

    Baltimore, MD
    NFL Benefits Office for T&P, Disability, Plan 88, pension, second career, annuity and other benefits filing.
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    Joint replacement, discount prescription card, assisted living and more.
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    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 NFLPA.com 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 formerplayers@nflpa.com. 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 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.

    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 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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    NFL Player 1991 - 2000
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