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


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!
How Bubba’s-Q Boneless Ribs Survived the ‘Shark Tank’

‘I’ve got to be the expert at being Bubba. No one else can do that.’
Shelley Levitt  April 8, 2016

Shark Tank Appearance: Dec. 6, 2013
Investor: Daymond John
Deal: $300,000 for a 30 percent stake
Results: Annual Sales of $3 million

During the spring of 2013, former Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions football player Al “Bubba” Baker was 10 minutes into a highly unpleasant meeting at his local bank in Avon, Ohio. Then he received a life-changing phone call.
Baker was trying to convince the bankers to extend his credit so his year-old business, Bubba’s-Q Boneless Ribs, could stay afloat. (He had launched the company, which makes deboned baby back rib meat that can be prepared in the microwave and eaten with a knife and fork, after his wife, Sabrina, complained that the ribs they sold at the family restaurant, Bubba’s-Q World Famous B-B-Q & Catering, were too messy.) Baker was behind on repaying loans and “about to get slapped around by the bankers” when his cellphone lit up.
The call was from a producer with ABC’s Emmy-winning reality show Shark Tank. Baker’s daughter Brittani, a partner in Bubba’s-Q, had applied to the casting department of the show on her dad’s behalf and with his grudging consent. The producer wanted to arrange a Skype audition for the next day. “When I walked back into this real serious meeting, the bankers were like kids who’d heard Santa was on his way,” Baker says. “They said, ‘We’ll table this conversation. You go get ready for the interview.’ ”
Daymond John invested when Bubba and Brittani taped their appearance a few months later. Before the show aired, John told Baker to launch a website that could take consumers’ orders. The company’s $154,000 in sales had been through 48 Ohio stores at that point. In the 24 hours after their Shark Tank episode, Bubba’s-Q had $150,000 in online orders. By the end of the week, orders had exceeded $400,000.
“Until then we’d never sold a single boneless rib online,” Baker says. Bubba’s-Q wasn’t prepared for the demand; shipping and handling costs had been miscalculated, for one thing. Even worse, the company’s midsize Missouri-based co-packer, which was handling the processing and packaging of the ribs, wasn’t prepared either, and management called Baker in a panic. The co-packer couldn’t gear up production to that level, so Baker issued refunds for half of the  orders.
“That’s when we learned that we did not have the capacity for growth,” Baker says. John recommended a Canadian co-packer that raised its own hogs and had 14,000 employees. “It was exciting to be talking to them,” Baker says, “but after months of conversations, they gave me a quote that was so high, I said, ‘You’ve got to be out of your mind!’ ”
Baker was on a Goldilocks-like quest to find the just-right co-packer for the next two years. Sales of Bubba’s-Q Boneless Ribs were too large for midsize co-packers but not large enough for big co-packers. Baker spoke to scores of co-packers, beginning each conversation with, “Do you have a 5,000-pound smoker?” A representative for one co-packer told him, “We don’t start up our smokers for less than 50,000 pounds of meat.” Others couldn’t handle even a few thousand pounds.
He crisscrossed the country to visit promising co-packers in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Florida for trial runs. The trips, with the cost of raw ingredients, flights and hotel stays, were pricey. “Our expenditure was more than what we grossed in sales,” Baker says. “We were taking money out of the restaurant to cover the shortfall.”
Meanwhile, John was becoming concerned. Baker had to slow him down, asking him not to tweet about Bubba’s to his vast social network and telling him they weren’t ready for some of the potential deals he was lining up.
Despite being frustrated by the pace, John was fully committed. “He told us he was in it for the long run,” Baker says, “and that he was willing to front us some money, whether it was $35,000 or whatever, until we had our co-packer in place and we were up to full production. He never made me sign anything. It was a handshake deal.”
John’s faith in the company gave Baker a needed jolt of confidence. “Daymond put me in a position where I was able to excel.” In early 2015, Baker met with Rastelli Foods in Swedesboro, New Jersey. Ray Rastelli, founder of the 40-year-old family-owned co-packer, was so impressed by Baker’s vision for Bubba’s-Q Boneless Ribs that he came on board as an active partner, freeing Baker to focus on being the face of the brand.
That, in turn, has led to Baker’s appearances on QVC and deals with Costco, Wal-Mart and several national supermarket chains. John says that for all the bumps in the road, “working with Bubba has been exactly what I hoped for. The big ol’ lovable guy has made me part of his family, and the success of the ribs on QVC and in retail has surpassed my expectations.” Baker predicts that Bubba’s-Q Boneless Ribs will pass $100 million in sales within a couple of years.
The former NFL defensive lineman says he has felt growing pains from giving up control of day-to-day operations and settling into his new role. “The only person who likes change is a wet baby. But I’ve got to be the expert at being Bubba. No one else can do that

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60 Heroes: Domonique Foxworth Bucking the Odds

An ex-NFL player going back to school post-football career is a rarity.  It’s even more rare for a former professional football player to earn his MBA at Harvard Business School, one of the most prestigious schools in the world.  That’s the type of person Domonique Foxworth is—one of a kind.
The former University of Maryland cornerback’s involvement with the union started early.  Just two years after being drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2005, Foxworth was elected the club’s Player Rep.  One year later, he became the youngest Vice President of the Executive Committee at the age of 25. 
Although Foxworth struggled with injuries on the field, he was a strong voice for the NFLPA during the 2011 lockout.  Well-liked and undeniably intelligent, he was elected president without opposition the next year.  Although he announced his retirement from football that same year, Foxworth continued his presidency until 2014, when current President Eric Winston succeeded him.
After football, Foxworth attended Harvard Business School and went on to become the Chief Operating Officer for the National Basketball Players Association.  Foxworth is currently a Senior Writer for ESPN's The Undefeated.


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Unfortunately this football season we mourn the loss of some of our brothers. Our prayers go out to their families.
Bob Gain
Bill Stanfill
Dennis Byrd
Fulton Walker
Fred Quillan
Cary Blanchard
Quentin Groves
Joe McKnight
Rashaan Salaam
Konrad Reuland
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If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, immediately. This 24-hour service is available to anyone in need of help. Never ignore or underestimate remarks about suicide. If you think your friend is in immediate danger, do not leave him or her alone—stay there and call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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

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Available to answer player benefits and insurance questions.

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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

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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.
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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, 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:
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Don't sit on the bench and miss out on this unique opportunity.

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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.

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