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, WE ARE ALMOST SOLD OUT!!!

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
Ex-NFL Player, FOX Analyst Charles Tillman Invests In Moment App
FOX studio analyst Charles Tillman is helping reinvent the way athletes connect with fans, and in turn, raise money for their respective charitable organizations.

Tillman, who played 13 seasons in the NFL, is not only an investor but also a featured athlete on Moment, a mobile app that allows players to deliver personalized 30- to 60-second video messages to fans, with 80 percent of the purchase price going to an athlete’s cause or charity of choice; Tillman’s price is $200 for a message.

The app also highlights dozens of other figures, include Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard and NBA analyst Jalen Rosen, among others.
For Tillman — whose proceeds benefit Cornerstone Foundation which provides resources to critically and chronically ill children — Moment is the “modern day autograph” and perhaps the new alternative to fans grabbing a selfie or posting a Snap with their favorite players.

“It’s a way for me to really connect with you,” Tillman told Fortune in February. “What’s better than an autographed picture of me to John that reads ‘Get well soon?’ An actual video that you can archive that lives on forever. It’s something that you can actually Tweet out, something that you can Instagram. I think people want that more. I think it will resonate with people more, and that gives you a better way to connect with your fans.”

Added Michael Williams, Founder and CEO of Moment in a statement: “We like to think that Moment is taking the autograph experience to the next level — making it possible for fans to interact with public figures no matter how far apart they are. But ultimately, our goal is to use these conversations to support a greater cause, and the athletes on our platform share this passion and vision.”

As someone who is conservative with his money, Tillman told SportTechie that when he has an opportunity to invest or attach himself to a company, he puts himself in the consumers’ shoes and asks, “Would I buy this product for this price?” With Moment, he saw real potential with the app, this “new way for digital fundraising,” as he described it.

Right now, Tillman isn’t tied too closely to the day-to-day operations of the company and is instead focused on fulfilling the video requests that come in via the app. Still, he hopes Moment can be the “next thing.”

“I know this is a start-up company, but I would love to be a part of something huge, something that will change how we perceive fundraising, a new digital platform,” he told Fortune. “If it goes well, we can pave the way and be a game champion.”

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LINKEDIN FORMER PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Dick Ambrose
Judge at Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area Judiciary


Previous: Cleveland Marshall Law Alumni Association, Nischwitz, Pembridge & Chriszt Co. L.P.A., Nicola, Gudbranson, & Cooper LLC

Education: Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Experience

Judge: Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
June 2004 – Present (12 years 7 months)

Past President - Honorary Trustee: Cleveland Marshall Law Alumni Association
1996 – 2009 (13 years)

Linebacker: Cleveland Browns
1975 – 1985 (10 years)

Former member of the Kardiac Kids - 1980 AFC Central Division Champions.

To view Dick Ambrose's LinkedIn profile click here

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60 Heroes: Unafraid and Outspoken

As an outspoken leader, Don Hasselbeck has been an active member of the NFLPA since the early stages of his nine-year NFL career.  Soon after being selected by the New England Patriots in the 1977 NFL Draft, Hasselbeck was elected as the team’s alternate Player Rep.  By the 1982 player strike, he was the Patriots' Player Rep, serving as a vocal advocate for the Percentage of Gross Revenue plan, which the union advanced later that year.
 
As a member of the Executive Committee, Hasselbeck fought to challenge the league on many issues and helped establish several new benefits for future players, including his son Matthew, who was also active with the NFLPA.
 
The father of three sons continues to look out for future generations of players.  He is one of several NFL players who have dedicated his brain to the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University in hopes that players who come after him will know more about the effects of repeated head trauma and that football will be a safer game than when he played.


TAGS 60 NFLPA HEROES 60TH ANNIVERSARY

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#NFLPAFRATERNITY
Former NFL player Johnny
Check out a touching testimonial from lifetime member and colon cancer survivor Johnny "Skywalker" Walker
The men of the Charlotte Chapter
Players from Left to Right:
Craig Thompson, Troy Pelshak, Usama Young, Aundrae Allison, Walter Rasby, Mike Dulaney, Barry Richardson, Joe Jacoby, Mike Barber, Larry Griffin, James Lee, Charles Arbuckle, Harry Colon, Tony Washington
The men of the Oklahoma Chapter 
Pictured in photo:
front row:  Steve Zabel, Paul Blair, Rueben Gant, Steve August, Kenny Blair, Clendon Thomas
back row: Todd Franz, Ken Mendenhall, Derek Fine, Chris Chamberlain, Jean Barrett, Derrel Gofourth, Karl Baldischwiler, Dave Rader, Terry Brown
The men of the San Diego Chapter
Standing: Isaac Curtis, Andre Reed, Bill Dunstan, Britt Davis, Tony Savage, Stephen Pierce, Jim Dumas, Dick Palmer, Charles Anthony 
Sitting: Jerry Shay, Mitch Palmer, Johnny McWilliams 


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BUSINESS
Mistakes Every Entrepreneur Makes and How to Prevent Them
By Fabrizio Moreira

The road to owning your business is not an easy one; Anyone who has ever started and grown a company will tell you that it was hard. The journey begins with creating a product or service that your target market will want and buy. Then there is trying to scale your company into a business that will have a future for you and your family. Add to that the day-to-day activities and strategies that are involved in keeping the door open, and you will quickly realize that entrepreneurship takes a lot of work.
 
There are no absolute rules; you will not find a road map to guarantee success in business. But if you were to talk to a new or even an established entrepreneur, they will tell you one thing: you will make mistakes. The risk element associated with operating a business can lead to a lot of mishaps as you try to grow your company.
 
You will find that mistakes are common and often inevitable. They also play a role in producing a more attentive and better business owner. You can solve some wrong decisions quickly, but there are others that can cost you precious time and money. In fact, some mistakes can lead to the failure of your business.
 
Below we share suggestions that will help you prevent six common mistakes business owners make while starting and growing a business.
 
Feedback is Good, but Beware

Doing business all by yourself is hard. So, do not be afraid to consult with business mentors and good friends. Feedback is exceptionally important to a new business – especially when the advice is coming from an experienced business owner who has been successful in the market or industry. Their valuable opinion can make a difference in your entrepreneurial skills and knowledge.
 
However, even well-intentioned business consultants can overwhelm and confuse entrepreneurs. A ton of advice can cause analysis paralysis. It is important to give yourself the time that is needed to make significant decisions without being rushed. However, don’t get caught in procrastination and lose out on an incredible business opportunity. So, surround yourself with individuals that will give you the support you need without pulling you in all different directions.

Get Your Customers’ Opinions

Despite your best plans, the products, and services that you create as an entrepreneur is for your clients. Accordingly, one of the biggest mistakes that you can make as a business owner is to ignore the feedback of your customers.
 
The opinion of your customers, especially in the beginning when you are defining your business offerings, provides an opportunity to fine-tune your product or service. Often what you think might be a big win may not resonate with your target audience. However, if your customers are telling you exactly what they want and your business is providing it, you could see your company flourish in the marketplace.
 
A prudent entrepreneur should test a new product or service on a small group of potential customers to get feedback on how to go forward.
 
Look for Business Opportunities to Network

As an entrepreneur, you should understand that networking is more about who knows you than it is about who you know. Your calendar might include meetings from daybreak to sunset. However, just 30 minutes at a networking event can produce significant business opportunities that can make a difference.
 
Do not ignore networking events. Some entrepreneurs consider them to be a waste of time, especially when they don’t immediate generate a business deal. However, the key to successful networking is to maintain visibility. Attend relevant networking events, create and sustain a list of corporate contact, and add value to the experience. Remember networking is a two-way street.
 
You will find this to be uncomfortable at first, particularly for entrepreneurs that don’t consider themselves to be social butterflies. However, to promote your business, you should get out of the office and mingle with others.
 
Be Focused at All Times

Like many other business owners, you have more ideas than you can execute. Don’t make the mistake of chasing every seemingly great idea while disregarding the core of your business. Instead keep a journal or folder and record all your thoughts and concepts. When time permits, you can go through your list and assess the ideas.
 
A lot of products and services with no real link can prove chaotic to the consumer. Delaying execution and going back to your plans when you are not too excited will allow you to make better decisions for your business.
 
Employ the Right People and Fire the Wrong Ones

Choices about who to hire and which positions to fill are few of the most difficult business decisions you must make as an entrepreneur. They also fall into the category of the most time-consuming considerations. Unless someone is the very best individual for the task, think twice about working with friends and members of your family. There are numerous stories of how personal relationships can create a challenging and toxic working environment.
 
Your staff is critical to the execution of your business plan. Hiring the wrong person, even if for the most minute role, can severely impact your company’s bottom line. Ensure that your employment process includes choosing the most qualified, capable individual with a strong work ethic. Think about hiring people whose strengths complement your weak points. If staff members are not carrying out responsibilities to your expectations, get them some training or let them go. Don’t make the mistake of making staffing decisions based on emotions.
 
Respond Quickly

It is important to be accessible both to your staff and your customers. Make sure you can respond to voicemails and emails within 24-48 hours. If you are not the techie type or you are prone to forget, delegate this task to someone on your team. Your initial response does not need to be an action plan but can just be an acknowledgment of the message and an indication to respond in a timeframe.
 
There are many benefits to owning your own business, but no one can promise that it will be easy. You can choose to be the entrepreneur who will go out and make the mistakes and hopefully learn from them, or you can save yourself some headache and incorporate some of the suggestions above.

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HEALTH
Prolong Your Life Starting Today With These 5 Simple Tips
By Taylor Jenkins

Prolonging your life is easier said than done. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle in the west is much like maintaining a car. It may crap out on you depending on how poorly you take care of it.
 
Whether you are a millennial, Gen-Xer, or a Baby-Boomer, health is the great equalizer. It favors no one but the proactive. Anyone at any stage can take their health into their own hands. However, knowledge of health is not a natural endowment and must be sought after. The problem is that much of the information we find on the internet regarding health is usually written by “quacks.” In order to break from this theme, I have compiled a list of 5 ways to prolong your life with citations made available for each. Some of these citations come straight from the World Health Organization, the Mayo Clinic, government websites, or doctors who have been cited in the links.
 
The following areas are things we may tend to overlook in life, but that we should give more of our attention to. Here are 5 ways to take charge and prolong your life starting today.

Click here for the 5 steps

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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.
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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Senior Director, Former Player Services
NFL Player 1991 - 2000
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