Inside this week's FPN
Join us in Scottsdale, Arizona to reunite and network with teammates and other members of our awesome fraternity, hear from exciting guest speakers, participate in fun sports, skills competitions for prizes and participate in group excursions (sponsored by the NFLPA) and enjoy awesome evening social events.

2017 NFLPA Former Player Convention
Friday, March 17, 2017 - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa/Gainey Ranch
7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85258

Note, the early bird credit that was being offered to the first 100 to register has now been filled. We already have over 100 former players registered for the convention! Don't give up! We always have players that back out for a variety of reasons and we are keeping track of when you register so continue to register early so that you can guarantee your spot and have some fun in the desert in March!
The NFLPA has partnered with Fanatics to offer former NFL players employment opportunities at it's offices across the country. Below are the available position descriptions. 
If you are interested in any of these career opportunities with Fanatics click this link to apply When you apply send an email to Gordon Thomas to let him know you are a former NFL player seeking employment and which career opportunity you applied for.

His contact information is:
Gordon Thomas | VP, Recruiting
1 Franklin Parkway, Building 910, 2nd Floor
San Mateo, CA 94403
m   949-981-3453

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Dat Nguyen
Owner & Operator at Chick-fil-A-Franchise
Fort Worth, Texas | Restaurants

Current: Chick-fil-A-Franchise, Rocktown Investment Partners, AgsReward
Previous: Texas A&M University, Dallas Cowboys
Education: Texas A&M University


Dat Tan Nguyen (/?dæt 'w?n/; Vietnamese: Nguy?n T?n Ð?t, pronounced [??j???n t??n ?à?t]) (born Sept 25, 1975) is a former football player, who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons. He played college football for Texas A&M University, and earned All-American honors. He played professionally for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and became the first Vietnamese-American to be drafted, play, and be recognized as an All-Pro in the NFL.

Dallas Cowboys
In February 2007, Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips announced the hiring of Nguyen as assistant linebackers coach and defensive quality control coach. Along with Phillips' son Wes, Nguyen was the first assistant hired under Phillips. Nguyen left the Cowboys on January 27, 2010.

Texas A&M
Nguyen was named the inside linebackers coach at Texas A&M University on February 12, 2010 In Nguyen's first year as the A&M inside linebackers coach, the Aggies went 9-3 in the regular season with wins over nationally ranked Oklahoma and Nebraska, as well as wins over Texas and Texas Tech. This marked the first time in school history that A&M had beaten all four of those teams in a single season. The resurgence of the Texas A&M defense to its former glory as the "Wrecking Crew" and particularly the outstanding play of the linebacker corps has been cited as a major reason for the team's 2010 season success.

Nguyen helped cement linebacker Von Miller's status in Texas A&M history by coaching him in the 2010 season, which led to Miller being awarded the 2010 Butkus Award.

At the conclusion of the 2011 season, Nguyen chose to leave Texas A&M, telling the Houston Chronicle's Brent Zwerneman that there was "no chance" of him being retained on Kevin Sumlin's staff.

Nguyen married his college sweetheart, Becky, and they have three daughters and twin boys. In May 2004, Nguyen was awarded a Golden Torch Award at the Vietnamese American National Gala in Washington, D.C.. He was also featured in HBO's Hard Knocks. In 2012, he became cohost with Jasson Minnix of an afternoon sports talk program on ESPN in San Antonio.

In March 2016, Nguyen accepted an opportunity to become an Owner/Operator of a Chick Fil-A franchise located at Montgomery Plaza in Fort Worth, Texas.
Click here to view Dat’s full LinkedIn page

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60 Heroes: Marvin Powell Tackling the Issues Head On

When the NFL players went on strike in 1982, Marvin Powell was one of its strongest critics, going as far as to say the union was being “anti-competitive” by proposing a wage-scale systemfor the players. By the end of his career, however, the Pro Bowl offensive lineman for the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers went from being one of the NFLPA’s biggest critics to one of its greatest supporters. 

At a time when being a player rep was almost seen as a scarlet letter, Powell accepted that role with the New York Jets in 1982. When free agency became the union's primary goal in the mid-1980s, he became NFLPA President and led the players through the 1987 strike, attending negotiation sessions on a frequent basis.

When the work stoppage ended, Powell, who was also obtaining his degree at New York LawSchool, became lead plaintiff in the antitrust suit filed in the NFLPA against the league, challenging the owners' continuation of the first refusal/compensation system, which essentially prohibited free-agent movement in the league. 

Powell endured this fight despite being waived, recalled and eventually traded by the Jets in 1986 – a move commonly made by owners against NFLPA officers. Though the Powell case was ultimately lost in the appeals court in 1989, it provided a legal guide for the NFLPA to renounce its union status. The move to decertify, along with favorable rulings in the Freeman McNeil and Reggie White cases, led to the landmark establishment of NFL free agency in 1993– thanks in large part to Powell’s sacrificial work and commitment.


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Last Meetup of 2016! #HereWeGo
Pittsburgh Chapter Meet Up
@Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36 
393 N. Shore Drive (North Shore Riverfront Park)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212

Thursday, December 1, 2016
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Register by November 23 

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The Birmingham Chapter supporting the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation!
From left to right: Antonio Langham, Chris Goode and Bobby Humphrey
The men of the Knoxville chapter
From Left standing:  Pat Ryan, Mike Stratton, Ron McCartney, Chris Foote. Sitting from left Dewy Warren, Bill Anderson, Tony Johnson, Eddie Brown, Tim Irwin, Patrick Heenan
Front row: Chuck Ramsey, Anthony Hancock, Harold Stanzell, John Warren, and Bruce Wilkerson
The Dallas Chapter members Pannel Egboh (blue shirt) and Hurles Scales (red shirt), supporting and participating in the Annual “ Step Out Walk – to Stop Diabetes
Upcoming SCORE webinars that will help you grow your business
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To make sure you come away with the perfect gifts this holiday season, our editors searched far and wide, pulled every string to test every product, and left countless hopefuls on the cutting-room floor. 

What you see here is the ultimate edit—the definitive list of the coolest, best-looking, most useful and lust-worthy stuff to feed every facet of your personality and light up the faces of every last person on your list.

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Work Out For 18 Minutes, Burn Fat All Day Long
This high-intensity interval workout will melt your face—and your belly
Workout: The Fat-Loss Face Melter

Trainer: Jeremy Scott, trainer at Jeremy Scott Fitness in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Benefit: This high-intensity interval workout will send your body’s repair cycle into overdrive, so up to 24 hours later, your body will still be burning calories at an increased rate.
The short bursts of intense effort will also improve your cardiovascular fitness.

Directions: Do each exercise below in order for 10 seconds, resting 10 seconds between each move. Repeat, then rest 1 minute.

That’s 1 round. Do 5 total rounds.
  1. High-knee sprint in place
  2. Running mountain climber
  3. Skater hop
  4. Plyo-clap pushup
Click here for the video


I Am The Trust
Listen to former players who have used our services talk about their experiences with our partners and programs.
Duration: 3:58

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Events for former players to network and learn more about The Trust’s partners and services.
To learn more about the many transition offerings of The Trust, visit their website by clicking here.

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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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Nolan Harrison III, MBA
Senior Director
Dee Becker
Assistant Director
Lorenzo Kaufman
Senior Manager
Amber C.Edwards
Membership Services Coordinator
Garrett Wooddell

NFLPA National Office

1133 20th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:30pm EST

Lifetime Membership
Please update your contact information  to earn your free lifetime membership and to learn more about what the Former Player Services Department offers our players. Renew your membership online through your profile page on or with the Membership Application

Thank you for your
commitment to the union
who has fought for, and will continue to fight for, our rare and special fraternity. You can also call Membership Services at 202-756-9165 if you have any membership or internet questions.

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Player Emergency Help
NFL Get Help Hotline
Health, Career, Education and Lifestyle Programs for Former Players
Bahati VanPelt | Executive Director

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

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

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Andre Collins | Executive Director
Tyrone Allen | Director
Caryl Banks | Manager
Leslie Isler | Coordinator
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
We are pleased
to announce a
new rewards partnership with National Collegiate Scouting Association.

Members receive an NCSA profile to assist their child during the NCAA athletics recruitment process.
How to Activate
1. Email 

2. Include your child’s name, grad year, and sport with your primary email and phone number.
3. Once approved, your athlete will need to complete the Athleadership Grant application.
4. Once the process has been completed, the profile will be posted on the NCSA website.
The Great Outdoors
Become one with nature

Fish in the Alaskan frontier at the
Alaska Fishing Lodge

Visit outdoor
theme parks with
Working Advantage
Get fresh air while you work out

Become a
Callaway Golf VIP 

Free annual membership at the YMCA of your choice

$0 Enrollment Fee when you sign up in Oct. for 
24 Hour Fitness

Rep your team with apparel from
Why go camping when you can go glamping?

Watch Netflix on your
HP Laptop

Wear your waterproof leather boots from
Cole Haan

Pack your necessities in Club Glove luggage
Bring the
outdoors in with

Custom Mural prints from Fathead

From You Flowers
fresh bouquets and potted plants 
Study in the park with your online education

5% tuition reduction on all Penn State World Campus classes

Register now for the Kelley
MBA Winter Registration

Flexible and affordable online degree programs from
American Public University

Receive your Bachelor's Degree in Construction Management from
Rowan University

10% off your education from the
University of Phoenix
Keep Track of Your Discounts with the Union Plus Mobile App
Learn More
The links above will direct you to the company website.
To access the discount codes, sign in at

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, email the YMCA name and City, State to 

Health Partners

Video: 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.
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. 

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1133 20th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Nolan Harrison III, MBA
Senior Director, Former Player Services
NFL Player 1991 - 2000
Twitter: @nolanharrison74

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