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PLAYER NEWS
Deuce McAllister Named Analyst For New Orleans Saints On WWL
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS all-time leading rusher and fan favorite DEUCE MCALLISTER is joining ENTERCOM News-Talk WWL-A-F/NEW ORLEANS as analyst for the SAINTS RADIO NETWORK.  MCALLISTER fills the seat left open by the passing of HOKIE GAJAN, for whom MCALLISTER filled in while GAJAN battled cancer last season.

“HOKIE and the SAINTS are synonymous, to be given the opportunity to follow someone so entrenched in the history and tradition of SAINTS football, I’m grateful,” said MCALLISTER. “If you can’t play the game, what’s more exciting than calling a game? Everybody loves SAINTS football and everybody listens to WWL...it’s a win-win situation! I look forward to working with JIM HENDERSON again, he’s the best in the business!”

HENDERSON, the SAINTS' play-by-play voice, said, “There are very few people that I could foresee succeeding HOKIE GAJAN, but DEUCE MCALLISTER is at the top of a very select list. I look forward to a long and prosperous association with DEUCE just as I enjoyed with HOKIE since the year 2000, the year of the SAINTS' first playoff victory.”

“DEUCE MCALLISTER was our first choice and the SAINTS' first choice. He was a great player. He’s a great guy,” said WWL VP/GM CHRIS CLAUS. “We were so impressed when he filled in for HOKIE. DEUCE and JIM had immediate chemistry. He brought interesting insights about the team and the game and he connected instantly with SAINTS fans.”

PD DIANE NEWMAN added, “BOBBY (HEBERT, former SAINTS QB and current pre-game host/afternoon co-host), DEKE (BELLEVIA, afternoon co-host), KRISTIAN (GARIC, sideline reporter/evening co-host), STEVE (GELLER, sports anchor/producer), all the guys on our sports team admire, respect and trust DEUCE like they did HOKIE. They know he’ll bring the same commitment, integrity and enthusiasm to calling a SAINTS game and covering the Black and Gold that he brought as an all pro player. And, like HOKIE, SAINTS fans will hear DEUCE more than just game day.”

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Walter Thurmond III is mashing softball home runs as 'Dick Mahoney' in his NFL retirement
By Mark Sandritter ? @MarkSandritter on Jun 14, 2016, 9:34p

NFL players take up a variety of activities once their playing days are over. Some go into coaching or even politics. Patrick Willis works for a tech company in Silicon Valley. Walter Thurmond III may have found the best use of retirement, or at least as legend has it.

First, let's get to the backstory. After six NFL seasons, Thurmond opted to retire this offseason at 28 years old. At the time, Thurmond was said to be walking away from football to "pursue other opportunities."
Now, we know those other opportunities included crushing a bunch of home runs on a rec softball team and doing it under the alias "Dick Mahoney."

Jim Adair of Crossing Broad uncovered the legendary details:

Other than crushing the ball and keeping his team in first place, Mahoney didn't really socialize much. The email says that he once told a teammate that he did "a little bit of this, a little bit of that" for a living. Rumors started to spread:

The woman who organizes our softball team asked [redacted] what Mahoney's email was so he could be added to our thread. "Doesn't have one," [redacted] said. When [redacted] witnessed Mahoney park his Porsche Cayenne next to the field, he sort of put [redacted] on the spot about Mahoney's background, [Redacted] just said, "You're going to have to find out for yourself what Mahoney does for a living. I can't tell you." Conspiracy theories started to spread that Mahoney was a drug dealer or was in porn (he missed a few games because he was flying back and forth from LA, apparently.)

Mahoney, who played the games while wearing a wig, eventually left the team because he was moving to Los Angeles to pursue film making. Before leaving, Mahoney crushed seven home runs in two games and would have had an eighth home run if not for a base running blunder, according to Adair.

So is Dick Mahoney really Walter Thurmond III? The signs point to yes.
First, Thurmond's interest in film making has been widely reported, so him leaving for L.A. for that reason checks out.

Second, Crossing Broad dug up this Instagram post from a woman they claim is Thurmond's girlfriend:

It really seems like Thurmond indeed retired from the NFL and started mashing dingers as Dick Mahoney. That is among the best NFL retirement stories ever. The even better news is he isn't done yet. Watch out rec softball teams in Los Angeles, Dick Mahoney is coming.

View SB Nation post here

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#NFLPAFRATERNITY
Happy Birthday to our lifetime member Andrew Economos!
Good times in the Seattle Chapter!!!
BUSINESS
12 Estate Planning Questions That Might Make You Squirm
This is a guest post by Wendy S. Goffe, a trusts and estates lawyer with Stoel Rives in Seattle.You can follow her on Twitter. For a foliow-up to this article, see “10 More Estate Planning Questions That Might Make You Squirm.”

For most people, estate planning is more painful than a root canal without Novocain. Among other things, it forces us to acknowledge that we may become demented; decide who gets what after we pass away; and make provisions for end of life care.
Facing our mortality is one of the hardest things we must do in life—so hard, that I postponed my own estate planning even though I’m a lawyer who does this for a living. My husband and I only signed the necessary documents because it was a requirement for adopting our daughter in 2002. And we did that at the airport on the morning we waited for her to arrive from Korea.

To help implement your wishes, trusts and estate lawyers need to ask very tough questions. Some of them might make you squirm. Thinking about the following issues in advance can help you prepare for a meeting about your estate plan.

1. Who will raise your children if both parents die?

A number of clients have told me that they waited until all of their children were grown to discuss estate planning because they couldn’t figure out whom to name as a guardian. Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch and his wife came up with an unusual arrangement (see “Adam Yauch’s Will Reveals His Private Dilemma“). If you fail to name a guardian, then the court will do it for you, based on what it deems to be in the best interest of your child. Unless you have confidence that a judge who never knew you has better judgment than you do about matters involving your children, it is best not to stick your head in the sand for 18 years.

2. What if you all die in a common disaster?

Even if you are certain about where you want your estate to go – commonly to a spouse or partner, followed by descendants – you need to address what I call the “God Forbid Clause.” I instinctively reach for the box of Kleenex as I ask it. For some clients the natural answer is “my parents,” “my siblings” or a particular charity. For others it raises issues that could take years of therapy to sort out. A client may be estranged from his or her family; not have other close friends; or have been too busy to develop a commitment to a charitable cause. For these people, addressing this remote possibility becomes the biggest stumbling block to completing an estate plan.

3. Are there any other descendants you haven’t yet mentioned?

A colleague of mine was approached at her mother’s funeral by a woman who was her spitting image. It turns out this woman was my colleague’s half-sister—her mother’s daughter from a prior marriage that her mother had kept a secret.
So if your lawyer asks more than once if there are any other descendants he or she needs to know about, it isn’t because the lawyer forgot about just asking the same question. Sometimes it isn’t until the third time that I have had clients disclose to me a lot more than they put down on my questionnaire, and the estate plan takes on a whole new dimension.

When a husband and wife consult me jointly, I have from time-to-time received calls days later with a revised answer to my question about other descendants. It is critical that, in lawyer-speak, you disclose all of the potential “objects of your bounty.” If you don’t, they will pop-up–if not at your funeral, at some time in the future–and at a greater emotional and financial cost.

4. Have you told me about all the important relationships in your life?

Charles Kuralt had an intimate companion for 29 years who remained a secret from his wife and children. After he died, they became embroiled in a a six-year, public court battle over land in Montana.
Whether you are married or single, your lawyer may prod and ask if you are in a relationship with someone and if it has a legal status such as civil union, domestic partnership or even a same-sex marriage. There may be legal obligations that come with these relationships that you need to know about.
Your lawyer can’t educate you about the rights and obligations unless they have the full picture. I have asked for copies of divorce decrees only to have a client realize that he or she never actually did get around to finalizing a divorce. Again, unless you are leaving everything to the person you are married to, this is information your attorney needs to know or a long drawn-out lawsuit could erupt after your death, consuming your estate in legal fees. You might think that this is what lawyers hope for, but it truly isn’t. It is a hard way to make a living and an even harder way to watch someone’s legacy destroyed.

5. Do you have genetic material on ice?

When thinking about children and descendants, science is pushing the boundaries of those definitions. Even if the lawyer doesn’t ask, you should disclose “what’s in the freezer.” In other words, do you have genetic material, such as fertilized embryos, eggs, or sperm, preserved for later use? If you do, it is critical to consider whether you want to provide for beneficiaries conceived after your death. And if you do, for how many years do you want to leave the window open for that birth to take place?

There are legal and logistical limits and complications to work out and your wishes might not be possible to carry out. But they should be openly discussed with your estate planner. Litigation involving children conceived after the death of a legal parent and ownership of genetic material are hot areas of litigation that could be avoided if disclosed, discussed and agreed upon ahead of time.

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How to Tell a Compelling Career Story When You’ve Done a Little Bit of Everything
By Erica Foss | themuse

A decade ago, if you looked at my resume, it would just look like I’d thrown random job titles on a page. I’d done so many different things that it read more “can’t commit to a career” than “seasoned professional.” I’d worked in retail, tended bar for private parties, managed a clerical office, and planned kids’ parties at a fitness center. I figured this eclectic mix of experiences was fine because I was still a student, and everything would sort itself out when it came time to settle into a career.
 
Fast-forward five years and halfway through a PhD program, and my experience hasn’t magically gotten any more cohesive. In fact, it’s actually gotten more extensive and disjointed; I’ve added teacher, tutor, library assistant, and sales manager to my resume. Trying to turn my random positions into a fulfilling career, I felt stuck by the fact that my jobs didn’t seem to make that much sense on paper.
 
If you’re anything like I was a few years ago, and you’ve built a lot of wonderful skills at positions that don’t look all that connected, I feel your pain. But before you panic about being condemned to job limbo for the rest of your life, keep in mind that titles and companies don’t always have to explicitly convey what you’ve really accomplished.
 
Now there are a lot of ways to say this, but employers are basically looking for three key things: that you can do you the job, that you want to do the job, and that you want to do the job for them. It’s up to you to take your current resume and tell a story that meets these basic needs.
 
1. Reformat Your Resume
 
You know the top of your resume, where people keep telling you not to add an “objective” section? Well, that’s typically true, but you can put a “qualifications” section that highlights the specific skills you have that match with the job you want. This way, you own your story, and you demonstrate to the hiring manager that you’ve thought about the way your various experiences align with the position.
 
Another option is a skills-based resume rather than a chronological one. Is this the right option for you? It’s hard to say because many employers have different preferences. The best you can do at the end of the day is remember the purpose of this document: to get your foot in the door.
 
So make sure that whatever format you choose, you’re emphasizing why you’re the best fit. And you can do this by keeping your bullet points concise, quantified, and tailored to the job description.
 
2. Emphasize the Continuities
 
Most job experiences have some common threads. I remember when I was in college, every semester taking a wide variety of classes. And every term those classes magically starting to connect to one another, and I was always surprised by how much continuity there was in what I thought were completely disconnected things. Our brains are wired to want to make connections. It may seem like there is no connection between being a lifeguard, a salesperson, a social media intern, and a psychology major, but those are all things that emphasize paying close attention to what people think, how they behave, and how best to serve them. Spend time thinking broadly about your jobs. Have they all involved customer service? Critical thinking and analysis? Using new technologies or creative problem solving?
 
If nothing comes to mind, ask a friend to give it a look. Sometimes, especially when you’ve been belaboring over a resume for a long time, it can be difficult to see the connections among all of your varied work experiences. Bringing in an objective reader to give it a close read and locate relationships between your roles will give you a new perspective and hopefully will enable you to see the ties that clearly exist.


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HEALTH
The 3rd Most-Common Killer Of Men—and How You Can Avoid It
The average man is expected to die nearly 5 years earlier than the average woman, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The health of men remains a vital concern in our country, especially since many guys put their own wellbeing on the back burner.

In fact, more than 1 in 5 guys have not seen any kind of health professional in over a year, a report from the National Center for Health Statistics found.

That’s one reason National Men’s Health Week, which runs from June 13 to 19 this year, was created: to raise awareness for the preventable health problems facing men, and to encourage them to seek medical care for them before it’s too late.

This year, we’re shining a spotlight on the 7 most common man-killers. We’ll report on one every single day. Learn what can raise your risk and how to protect yourself from them—so you don’t become another statistic.

Man-Killer #3: Accidents

Each year, over 85,000 men die each year from unintentional injuries or accidents, according to data from the CDC.
This accounts for 6.4 percent of all deaths among men, making it the 3rd leading cause.
What’s more, up until age 45, more men actually die from accidental injury than any other cause, the data shows.
And the majority of fatal accidents fall into two categories: motor vehicle crashes and drug overdoses.

What Raises Your Risk

It sounds simple, but it still warrants attention: Driving after you’ve had a few alcoholic beverages can put you in serious danger.
In fact, 65 percent of people who died in alcohol-related crashes had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher—above the legal limit in all 50 states, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
And the most common BAC reading among drinking drivers in fatal crashes was .17, or more than twice the legal limit.
What’s more, new research suggests fiddling with your phone or driving while high are quickly catching up to alcohol as causes of fatal crashes.
And in terms of drug overdose, prescription pain pills kill more people than cocaine and heroin combined, according to stats from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Factors to Watch Out For

If you drink, text, or get stoned and drive—or ride with someone who does—you’re putting your life on the line.

“Mixing alcohol with marijuana increases risk taking and aggressive behaviors, so that’s an especially dangerous combination,” says Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association.

When it comes to painkiller overdose, white men between the ages of 25 and 54 are most at risk, CDC stats show.

How to Keep Yourself Safe

You’re most likely to die due to an alcohol-related driving incident between midnight and 3 a.m., according to stats from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The more you’re on the road during those hours—even if you’re not drunk—the more you should worry.

Regarding pain pills, research suggests taking different opioids—especially without a prescription—can be a fatal recipe.

*Editor’s note: Check back to the National Men’s Health Week page every day this week for an updated list of the top mankillers.


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THE TRUST CORNER

I Am The Trust
I AM THE TRUST
Listen to former players who have used our services talk about their experiences with our partners and programs.
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Syndric Steptoe's Experience With The Trust

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2016 CITIES AND DATES FOR THE BREAKFAST CLUB
JUL. 11 – AUG. 19 IN PHOENIX, AZ
SEP. 12 – OCT. 21 IN NEW ORLEANS, LA
SEP. 26 – NOV. 5 IN BIRMINGHAM, AL

 

The Breakfast Club is a free six-week program that utilizes EXOS’ resources to enhance former players’ lives and create long-lasting positive lifestyle habits.

The Breakfast Club aims to give former players the opportunity to work out together and recreate that locker room atmosphere at EXOS and YMCA facilities throughout the country.

The Breakfast Club is open to all former players who have two credited seasons, regardless of how long they’ve been out of the NFL.

As part of the program, all former players receive:
• Three customized workout sessions per week.
• Unlimited physical therapy and one-on-one meetings with nutritionists.
• Pre-workout nutritional shakes and breakfast.
• SKLZ workout equipment to take home.
• An end-of-program social event for participants and their families.

 
To learn more about the many transition offerings of The Trust, visit their website by clicking here.

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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. 
Player Emergency Help
NFL Get Help Hotline
877-506-0078
NFLLifeline.org
Health, Career, Education and Lifestyle Programs for Former Players
866-725-0063
info@playerstrust.com
Bahati VanPelt | Executive Director
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Benefits Department

Available to answer player benefits and insurance questions.

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Professional Athletes Foundation

Gene Upshaw Players Assistance Trust (PAT)
Helping players  in need.


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Monetary grants for qualified vested former players experiencing hardships.
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NFL Player Benefits Office

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NFL Benefits Office for T&P, Disability, Plan 88, pension, second career, annuity and other benefits filing.
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Former Player Life Improvement Plan

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.
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Transition Resources

Featured Partners

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

Football Players Health Study at Harvard University
Partnering with Former Players: A Collaboration

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Former players can sign up to receive a questionnaire by clicking here.
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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Nolan Harrison III, MBA
Senior Director, Former Player Services
NFL Player 1991 - 2000
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