Inside this week's FPN
#NFLPACONVENTION 
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
 
REGISTER HERE TODAY

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!
PLAYER NEWS
HOFer Bruce Smith is fighting for more minority real estate development deals in Virginia Beach
Ex-NFL player Bruce Smith says he will pay for half of Virginia Beach disparity study

By Justin Belichis on November 28, 2016

Commercial real estate developer and former NFL player Bruce Smith has had his eyes set on the Oceanfront for years but he says “the establishment” won’t let him be a developer there.
 
Smith held a press conference at Rudee Loop in Virginia Beach Monday to “start a dialogue addressing the lack of diversity and inclusion at the city’s economic power structure.” Of three Oceanfront development projects he’s been involved with, he’s won one bid.
 
“I have to question whether the city has been aggressively pursuing its minority participation goals when lucrative projects that I have proposed as an African-American developer have been continuously denied,” Smith said.
 
The goals he’s referring to stem from a resolution adopted in 2008 by Virginia Beach City Council that aimed to increase minority participation in competitive contracts by 10 percent in three categories within a year. Now, Smith said they have only increased by 6.5 percent in goods and services, 2.7 percent for construction and contracts and less than one percent in architecture and engineering.
 
Smith criticized the mayor for not meeting those numbers almost a decade later.
 
“If you’ve been working hard for eight years and these are the results of that work, we have a very serious problem,” Smith said.
 
For more on the story click here

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LINKEDIN FORMER PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Bradie James
"Captain of The Trust (Powered by the NFLPA)". Director of Brand Engagement at Mooyah Burger Fries & Shakes

Dallas/Fort Worth AreaSports

Current: MOOYAH Burgers, Fries and Shakes, The Trust (Powered by the NFLPA), Bradie James' Foundation 56

Previous: National Football League (NFL)

Education: LSU


Well-established record as a strong business leader — both independently and when leading a team. Developed leadership skills first as an All-American linebacker at Louisiana State University, then as Team Captain when playing for the Dallas Cowboys. Following a successful professional football career, applied leadership skills to the business world as a franchise owner of Mooyah Burgers Fries & Shakes, partner at Premier Electronics and more. Additional business activities include investing in and providing leadership and management advice to numerous businesses and organizations
.
To view Bradie’s full LinkedIn profile click here

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60 Heroes: Steve Jordan Hitting the Ground Running

In 1982, when Steve Jordan entered the league in the midst of a player strike, he likely didn’t expect to be at the forefront just a few years later.  But Jordan’s involvement in the fight for players’ rights grew, and he became one of the named plaintiffs in the NFLPA's antitrust lawsuit against the NFL at the end of the player strike in 1987.  The lawsuit challenged the owners' rights to continue the first refusal/compensation restrictions on free agents from the previous CBA, which had expired before the strike.
 
While Jordan was on the front lines of an off-field battle with the NFL, he prospered on the field.  The former Brown University tight end was selected to six consecutive Pro Bowls from 1986 to 1991.  He spent his entire 13-year career with the team that drafted him, the Minnesota Vikings, representing the team as their Player Rep.  Jordan went on to be a member of the NFLPA’s Executive Committee and became a union Vice President in 1994.  His involvement with the NFLPA, specifically in the 1987 lawsuits, helped lead to a landmark collective bargaining agreement in the early '90s, which brought unrestricted free agency to the NFL.
 
After his retirement in 1994, the Ivy League alum, who spent many of his offseasons working as a civil engineer, moved back to his home state of Arizona, where he works for a construction company.  In 2011, he watched his son Cam enter the NFL in the middle of a lockout—not too differently than how he entered the league almost three decades prior.

TAGS 60 NFLPA HEROES 60TH ANNIVERSARY

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#NFLPAFRATERNITY
NY/NJ Chapter meeting: Pictured from Left to Right: Bobby Sewall, Jude Waddy, Hurvin McCormack, Amani Toomer, Greg Murphy, Scott Lutrus
Birmingham chapter dinner: Seating left to right: Eugene Daniels, Chris Goode, Rick Jones, Pierre Goode, Joe Cribbs Lester Williams, Carl Powe, Dexter McCleon
Back row left to right: John Park Wilson, Anthony Bryant, Reginald Gipson, Kalvin Pearson, Mark Robbins, Bill Searcey, George Thornton, Lamonde Russell, Cedric Donaldson, Pat Saindon Travis McNeal, Kevin Lee, Bobby Abrams, Ronald Mckinnon, Antonio Langham, Patrick Hape, Roy Williams, Otis Leverett, Micheal Mereweatlh and Otis Sistruck.
Tampa chapter dinner: Seated Up Front - Jimmie Giles
Seated Second Row - James Jones, Jimmie DuBose, Harold Hart, Greg Roberts and Bruce Taylor
Standing - Jackie Walker, Torrin Tucker, Richard Chapura, Jerome Murphy, Bob Hewko,  Daunta Peterson, David Mack, Charley Hannah, Chidi Ahanutu, James Harrell, Dennis Lundy, Mark Royal, Jerry Bell, Henry Lawrence and Corey Ivy
NFLPA Chapters doing great work in the community!
The Orlando Chapter participated in the Angel Flight celebrity golf tournament. Angel Flight Southeast celebrated their 20th annual celebrity golf tournament November 11. AFSE supports volunteer pilots who provide their plane, fuel and time to transport children and their families to various medical institutions in need of lifesaving care.

Pictured: Walter Briggs, Ricky Shaw, Rob Samuels, Mike McBath, Steve Pisarkiewicz
BUSINESS
Upcoming SCORE webinars that will help you grow your business
December 8: The Power of the Inbox - The Right Ways to Do Email Marketing

Join Constant Contact's Stephen Robinson when he presents this primer on email marketing including expert tips and techniques to improve your open-rates, click-throughs, conversion 
Read more
Register Now
HEALTH
9 Ways To Differentiate Real Friends And Toxic Friends
8 Foods That Help You Fall Asleep Fast
Choose your snacks wisely and you might just snooze more soundly
BY MARYGRACE TAYLOR November 30, 2016
If you skimp on sleep, your health—and your sanity—pay the price.

But even if you’re committed to logging the recommended 7 to 8 hours a night in bed, you still can find yourself tossing and turning when the lights go out.

And you’re not alone: Up to 1 in 3 adults say they occasionally experience insomnia, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

It’s no surprise that certain foods or drinks—think coffee, alcohol, and even too much sugar—can make your sleep woes worse. But you might not realize that others can actually help you snooze better.

Here are 8 foods and drinks that can help you achieve quality shuteye.

Click here for the list on Men’s Health

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.
Duration: 3:58

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TRUST CAPTAIN'S EVENTS
Events for former players to network and learn more about The Trust’s partners and services.
DEC. 15: SCOTTSDALE, AZ
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.

800-372-2000 x132

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

NFLPA National Office

1133 20th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

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

800-372-2000
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 NFLPA.com 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
877-506-0078
NFLLifeline.org
Health, Career, Education and Lifestyle Programs for Former Players
866-725-0063
info@playerstrust.com
Bahati VanPelt | Executive Director
www.PlayersTrust.com

Benefits Department

Available to answer player benefits and insurance questions.

800-372-2000 x155
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.

800-372-2000 x166

Andre Collins | Executive Director
Tyrone Allen | Director
Caryl Banks | Manager
Leslie Isler | Coordinator

www.yourPAF.com
Monetary grants for qualified vested former players experiencing hardships.
800-635-4625

NFL Player Benefits Office

Baltimore, MD
NFL Benefits Office for T&P, Disability, Plan 88, pension, second career, annuity and other benefits filing.
800-638-3186

Former Player Life Improvement Plan

Joint replacement, discount prescription card, assisted living and more.
800-NFL-GOAL
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 
athleadershipgrant@
ncsasports.org

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
Fanatics
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 www.nflpa.com.

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 formerplayers@nflpa.com. 

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.

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. 

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EDITOR
Nolan Harrison III, MBA
Senior Director, Former Player Services
NFL Player 1991 - 2000
nolan.harrison@nflpa.com
Twitter: @nolanharrison74


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