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!
Atlanta firm nabs Richmond security company owned by former player Rafe Wilkinson in year-end deal

Christmas came early for Rafe Wilkinson in 2016.
The former University of Richmond football standout and retired NFL player closed out the year by selling his company, Richmond-based ODS Security Solutions, to national competitor U.S. Security Associates.
The deal closed just prior to Thanksgiving for an undisclosed sum. U.S. Security acquired ODS in its entirety.
Founded about 16 years ago as Old Dominion Security, ODS provides security guards, training and other services primarily to healthcare clients such as hospitals.
Wilkinson, who played linebacker at UR and went on to play for the Denver Broncos in the 1980s, bought ODS in 2002. He said his company’s focus on security for healthcare clients gave it a valuable niche with customers from Chicago down through Virginia and the Carolinas that helped attract its suitor.
He said the deal helps grow U.S. Security’s healthcare security division, while giving ODS the backing of a much larger company.
“It gave us a national reach without having to go through the expense to build that ourselves,” he said. “It provides rocket fuel to a model we initiated with ODS.”
He was driven to sell the business because the industry is consolidating under larger companies.
U.S. Security is one of those larger players, with about $1.3 billion in revenue and 50,000 security workers. ODS had less than $50 million in revenue and about 1,000 workers, including about two dozen working at its headquarters at 2140 Tomlynn St. in the city.
Wilkinson said another selling point was that ODS’ Richmond office will remain in operation and serve as the hub for U.S. Security’s healthcare division. That includes Wilkinson staying on as an employee.
“I’m staying involved,” he said. “I go from CEO to VP of healthcare services. I and the leaders in my unit now oversee and have direction for about $130 million in hospital (security) revenue. Our challenge is to grow that business and manage it as best we can.”

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Hey guys,

Here in the FPSD our main focus is assisting former NFL players in transitioning from the field into the real world giving them the ability to create their own success as they define them. Providing resources, locker room, emergency assistance, coaching, education, whatever is needed on a personalized level is how we attempt to get that done.

Daily my mighty staff of nine, including myself, take on the 18-20,000 former players with compassion, energy and a desire to help them be the best they can be. It's a labor of love.

Have a safe and happy holiday season. See you in January.

Best regards,

Nolan Harrison III
Sr Director | FPSD

Click the video image below to watch Andre Collins and Nolan Harrison join Brandon Parker to discuss programs and service available to former NFL players.
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60 Heroes: Gene Upshaw's Legacy

Gene Upshaw’s activism as a player and his extensive accomplishments as the NFLPA’s Executive Director are unmatched.  Even before becoming the NFLPA’s Executive Director, Gene Upshaw was a leader—on and off the field.  Selected by the Oakland Raiders in the first round of the 1967 NFL Draft, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987 and the NFL’s All-Time 75th Anniversary team in 1994.  He also became the first player to play in Super Bowls across three different decades.

As a player, his strength and leadership off the field was just as impactful.  Elected as the Raiders’ alternate Player Rep in 1974, Upshaw led his team during the preseason strike that year, and even helped strengthen picket lines at other training camp sites. 

During his three-year presidency from 1980-1983, Upshaw famously labeled the NFLPA’s Percentage of Gross Revenue Plan as “etched in stone” and led a 57-day strike, ending with a new CBA.  This new agreement established, among other things, a new severance pay plan, a medical “bill of rights” and a guaranteed expenditure for player costs that significantly increased the percentage of league and club revenues that went to the players.   

After his retirement from football in 1983, Upshaw was selected the Executive Director of the NFLPA by the Executive Committee and the Board of Player Reps.  In pursuit of his goal to put the NFLPA back into the hands of the players, Upshaw championed their consensus to make free agency the number one bargaining goal when the 1982 CBA expired in 1987.  Upshaw made this his mission.  With his leadership, the players went on strike for four weeks during the 1987 season. 

After seeing the strike could not succeed against a monopoly like the NFL, Upshaw convinced the Player Reps to stop the strike and instead file an antitrust suit against the NFL and the clubs to challenge their ongoing free-agency restrictions.  When the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the District Court’s decision that the players had no antitrust rights so long as they were represented by a union, Upshaw responded.  He convinced the Player Reps to renounce the NFLPA’s union status and financed a new lawsuit, Freeman McNeil v. The NFL, that brought down the NFL’s free agency restrictions in 1992.  Following a related settlement reached in 1993, the players obtained the right to free agency and a guaranteed share of club revenues for the first time in NFLPA history

In his 25 years as Executive Director, Gene Upshaw led the NFLPA to many “firsts,” including a 401(k) program, a player annuity plan, health reimbursement accounts for vested players and a league-wide incentive pay system known as “performance-based pay,” among others.  He also established NFL Players Inc., which now generates tens of millions in group licensing revenue for the players each year.

Upshaw, who was elected to the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO in 1985, worked tirelessly to establish the NFLPA as a respected union. Those efforts included purchasing two different buildings in Washington, D.C. to serve as the NFLPA’s headquarters, with the current site named “63 Upshaw Place” in his honor. Upshaw also launched the “88 Plan” (in honor of John Mackey’s jersey number) to provide monetary benefits to former players who, like Mackey, suffered from neurological disorders.

Following a brief, difficult battle with pancreatic cancer, Upshaw tragically passed away in August of 2008 but his legacy lives on as a ground breaker and pioneer for the NFLPA and its members.


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The brothers of the Reno Chapter
Tom Louderback, Jeff Rowe, JoJo Townsell, Carlos Huerta, Pete Lazetich, Brent Boyd, Roland Hooks, Martin Harrison
The brothers of the Chicago Chapter
Picture: (L to R) — Corey Mays, Brian Glasgow, Emery Moorehead, Wendell Davis, Steve Edwards, Paul Ernster, Mike Wilson, David Porter, David Howard, Reggie Smith, Bill Schick, Brent Novoselsky, Tom Serpento, Kinnon Tatum II & Oliver Gibson;
The brothers of the Orlando Chapter
Brian Witherspoon, Thomas Bland, Bill Riehl, Don Nottingham, Ed Hargroves, Rob Samuels, Richard Trapp, James Harris, Wendy Grabe, Phil Smith, Scott Hutchinson, Don Jonas, John Baker, Mike McBath, Lloyd Powless, Jerry Davis, Clifford Charlton, Reggie Branch, Joe James, James Harris, Mike Jones, Don Ratliff, Karl Lorenz, Tom Munsey, Gary Kmafele, Gerald White, Jamie Boone, Daryl Gardener, Kirby Shaw, Ron Honh, Barry Galloway, Charlie Haje, Mike Reilly, Jason Jimenez, Loyd Fowler, Russell Hamiltion, Gerald Loper, R. Kal Truluck, Tony Mangonille, Chris Biscoff, Stacey Jeryandh, Don Ricks, Herkie Walls, Andy Russel, D. Prince.
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9 Moves to Make if You Want to Make 2017 the Best Year of Your Life
By Srinivas Rao

Right now there’s probably a fire lit under you because it’s a new year.

And that fire might keep burning for a week or two, but eventually it goes out, and everything goes back to normal. To kick butt and conquer the world, it’s important to remember that it’s the little things we do repeatedly that lead to our biggest changes.

For example:
1. Make People Around You Better Off
What this looks like is different for all of us. Maybe it’s something as simple as holding the door open for someone. It could be as complicated as building a company to solve a problem that impacts a billion people within a decade. As Zig Ziglar once said, “You get everything you want if you can just help enough other people get what they want.”
2. Read Books About the People You Want to Be Like
Take notes. Then, implement what works for you. That’s part of the reason, I created The Billionaire Reading List. I’m hoping to learn about their habits, mindsets, and life paths.
3. Choose the People You Surround Yourself With Wisely
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the most significant accomplishments of my life have been the result of surrounding myself with ambitious and optimistic people, like my business partner, Brian Koehn. If you become the average of the five people you spend the most time around, raise the average.
4. Realize That Time Is Your Most Precious Asset
It’s the only resource in your life that’s non-renewable. Place a really high dollar value on it. Then, ask yourself, “Would I be doing what I’m doing right now if my time was worth X dollars an hour?” If the answer is yes, carry on. If the answer is no, change what you’re doing.
5. Move Fast—and Ship
Rinse, wash, repeat. The more you ship—or complete something—the better you’ll get at it. Make it a habit to finish what you start, and then move on to the next big thing.
6. Make and Build Things With Your Hands
Not only is this therapeutic, it can help with your creativity. Building things from the LEGO architecture series, for example, has done wonders for both my productivity and creativity.
7. Have a Daily Practice
It doesn’t really matter what the practice is. When you do something daily, you’ll experience the power of visible and incremental progress.
8. Run Your Own Race
Compare less and create more. These are two things that have served me well. As Phil Sims always says in the Xbox One Game Madden when I’m losing, “Don’t look down the field for that big play. Just keep on marching.”
9. Practice Gratitude
There’s been plenty of scientific evidence that this will make you a much happier person. It’s a simple life hack with a tremendous ROI.

None of these ideas are particularly complicated or mind blowing. You’ve probably heard many of them before. If they’re done consistently over the course of a year, they can lead to big changes.

Bonus: 96% of personal development efforts fail because people don’t design environments conducive to who they want to become. (We’ve published a short episode on the Unmistakable Creative about this.) Create a space that helps you be your best you.

This article was originally published on Medium.

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Are you in crisis? Please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
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
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

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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

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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.
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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.

Call 800-907-8683 or visit the NFLPA specific website.

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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.


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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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Nolan Harrison III, MBA
Senior Director, Former Player Services
NFL Player 1991 - 2000
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