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 activities like Laser Tag, Bubble Soccer, Fun Zone, Chipping Contest, Golf, Water Volleyball / Basketball and a GAMING TRUCK for awesome prizes 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

**THE HOTEL IS SOLD OUT!!!**

PLAYERS CAN STILL REGISTER FOR THE EVENT AND THE ACTIVITIES IF YOU LIVE LOCALLY. IF YOU STILL PLAN TO ATTEND AND ARE COMING FROM OUT OF TOWN CHECK OTHER HOTELS FOR AVAILABILITY.
PLAYER NEWS
HELP MAKE MORE FOOTBALL HISTORY AS A FORMER NFL PLAYER:

The first survey has been completed by over 3,200 former players already- but the goal is total participation from the former NFL player community. Help us drive this number to over 3,500 now – and make this the largest health study ever in football before Super Bowl LI.
 
Sign up to take the first Questionnaire now to join:
footballplayershealth.harvard.edu/join-us

More studies will launch and results on the way in 2017!

REACH OUT TO THE RESEARCH TEAM
players@footballplayershealth.harvard.edu

617.432.5000

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This Retired NFL Player Found Internet Fame Dancing to Solange
BET

Meet the guy behind the wheel of the viral videos that capture everyone’s #mood.

When Anthony “Spice” Adams put on A Tribe Called Quest's “We the People” in his car, he caught the Holy Ghost, or rather, he caught something. He nodded his head so hard his hat flew off, then, in a move that defies gravity for a 300-pound former NFL lineman, he catapulted himself clear out of the sunroof. It’s something that must be seen to be believed. This reaction to the music was caught on camera for the amusement of the millions of people who have watched the video on Spice Adams’s Facebook fan page, as well as the millions of others who have watched it on the various other Facebook pages it’s been re-uploaded to.

Adams’s antics have earned him a social media following and pseudo-celebrity status that’s surpassed the public recognition he received during his nine-season NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears. His internet persona went into motion in 2012, as his playing career was on the way out, when he uploaded a video to YouTube titled “Stuff NFL Free Agents Say.” In it, Adams repeatedly checks his phone for calls from his agent, assures himself that he likes the time away from football and promises to start a diet the following week as he wolfs down half of the food in his pantry.

“I’m silly by nature so I had put together this video and had showed one of my teammates. I said, ‘Man you think I should put this up on YouTube?’” Adams recalls. “He was like, ‘Yeah, man. We see that every day in the locker room. Just put it out there so everybody could see what we see every day.’”
Stuff NFL Free Agents Say
Stuff NFL Free Agents Say
ESPN quickly contacted Adams asking to show the video on TV and, less than a half-hour after giving them the green light, he saw his first ever viral video on SportsCenter. Sports fans were finally getting a chance to experience the personality usually hidden under Adams’s helmet during games or reserved for teammates in the locker room.

For the full story click here

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Ex-NFL player tells Gifford Youth Achievement Center kids to make a plan
 
Angelia Perry, Your Newsweekly contributor 9:20 a.m. ET Oct. 31, 2016

VERO BEACH — The young middle school students attending Gifford Youth Achievement Center were in for an eye opening treat Oct. 27 when former Atlanta Falcons safety Ezekiel “Zeke” Motta spoke to them about their futures.

Motta, who graduated Vero Beach High School with teammates Bryan Stork and Marcus Jackson, tallied 137 tackles at VBHS and was named first-team Class 6A all-state as a senior. Homegrown favorite Motta was encouraged and guided by his father who is head football coach at St. Edward’s School. Rated the No. 5 outside linebacker prospect in the nation, he accepted a scholarship offer from Notre Dame in 2009. He was drafted in the seventh round to the NFL by the Atlanta Falcons in 2013 but was plagued by injuries including a broken neck and was released from the Falcons in 2015. Motta spoke to the students to explain the value of why a good educational plan was vital for their futures.
 
“There is a saying on the inside that N-F-L stands for ‘not for long,’” said Motta who explained how injury had ended many promising careers in the industry. Motta said he was lucky he had such a great education to back him up.
 
“I tried to be the best person I could be on and off the field,” he said. “You are blessed to have all these great role models and teachers here at GYAC to guide you and although we sometimes take advantage of that, please, just be appreciative. You have been given a brain and that is the best thing you have.”
 
Motta had a very important piece of advice to the half dozen or so boys who raised their hands when asked if they wanted to play professionally.
 
“Always be polite and show respect to everyone. Just being polite can go far. You can meet someone early on and then later meet them again and they will remember and respect you because of how you treated them. You never know, that can lead to a job, friendship or an opportunity.”
 
At first the students were shy, listening to Motta tell his story of fame which led to injuries that took him off his star trajectory but soon they were raising their hands with dozens of questions. Many were interested in knowing how many concussions he had (four or five), the best friend he had in the NFL (Minnesota Vikings’ Harrison Smith) and his worst hits (he said to look it up on YouTube.)
 
“I chose a scholarship at Notre Dame because a good education is really important. You have to have good grades and get a plan for yourself. I had a teacher tell me that ‘failing to plan is a plan to fail,’ and I wrote down the things that I wanted to accomplish in life,” said Motta who received his degree at Notre Dame in Industrial Arts.

“Everyone has a light inside of them and has something to offer.”

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LINKEDIN NFLPA FORMER PLAYER BUSINESS GROUP MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Walt Arnold, CCIM, SIOR
Managing Director
Albuquerque, New Mexico Area Real Estate

Current: SVN/Walt Arnold Commercial Brokerage, Inc.

Previous: Walt Arnold Commercial Brokerage, Inc, Kansas City Chiefs, Houston Oilers

Education: The University of New Mexico

Summary
After finishing my NFL career with the Kansas Chiefs in 1987, I came back home to New Mexico and got into the commercial real estate business. I am now the owner and Managing Director for a Sperry Van Ness franchise here in Albuquerque. With over 25 years in commercial real estate, I now manage a group of the most experienced and dedicated commercial estate advisors in New Mexico. My team at SVN handles all facets of commercial real estate including property management, sales, leasing, tenant representation and investments. I am enthusiastic and passionate about commercial real estate as are all my advisors. If you have any commercial real estate requirements,let's talk!
 
Other stuff
Past President of the Commercial Association of Realtors of New Mexico(CARNM), past CARNM Realtor of the year. Member Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) and Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM).
 
Former Professional Football Player with the Rams, Oilers and Chiefs(8 years).
 
Specialties: Specialize in sale, leasing and management of office and industrial real estate in the Albuquerque, New Mexico metropolitan area

For Walt’s full LinkedIn profile click here


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60 Heroes: Tim Brown, Helping Others Catch On

The first time Tim Brown met former Oakland Raiders teammate Chester McGlockton in 1992, he scolded the then-rookie lineman for wanting to skip a union meeting. “You can’t be ignorant to what’s going on in the league,” Brown recalled telling the late McGlockton during his Hall of Fame induction speech in 2015.

This display of player accountability and responsibility is one of many instances in which Brown served as a vital voice for the NFLPA and its importance among the league’s players. Other former teammates like Trace Armstrong, who served as NFLPA President, and Jon Ritchie tab Brown as a major locker room influence in educating players on their benefits and rights.

During his 17-year career, the All-Pro wide receiver and former Heisman winner served as a Player Rep and on the NFLPA’s Executive Committee. His electrifying and legendary play led the NFL to ask him to serve among a group of seven active and former receivers in revamping the catch rule in 2016.

Brown’s commitment on behalf of the NFLPA to educating and advocating for his fellow players cements his place among football’s greats both on and off the field.

TAGS 60 NFLPA HEROES 60TH ANNIVERSARY

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#NFLPAFRATERNITY
From Detroit Chapter President Tim Walton: 

NFLPA Former Player Detroit Chapter Secretary Jitters Fields and NFLPA member Maurice Harvey along with myself came together to talk on building your brand and understand how social media can effect you as a young student athlete in the upcoming year 2017. Our future leaders of tomorrow. The former players of Detroit have a financial youth mentorship program that allows us to impact our youth here in the metropolitan Detroit area. We educate and share our life experiences with these youth, the Good or Bad challenges that we have overcome in this game we now call life! We also took this opportunity to give 100 youth Hoodies that were donated to our chapter.

 
Those Charlotte guys looking very dapper! 
1st Row Rod Smart, Carl Ford 2nd Row Robert Mackey, Donte Jones, Troy Pelshak, Omar Gaither, Michael Barber, Don Jones, TJ Washington, Eddie Whitley, Natrone Means, Bob Gruber, Bradley Fletcher 3rd Row, Joe Jacoby, Mike Fox, Randy Neal, Tony Smith, Leonard Wheeler, Terry Taylor Back Row, Dennis Franks, Larry Griffin, Rod Smith

 
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BUSINESS
10 Best Online Classes to Get Ahead, According to Muse Readers
By Alyse Kalish

Whether you’re looking to pursue a new field, snag a big promotion, or push through the job search, online classes can be your lifesaver. They can’t get you a job (I know, if only it were that easy), but they can give you cheap and easy access to the knowledge and skill set you need to land a job or excel at your current one.
 
Don’t believe me? We’ve rounded up Muse readers’ top 10 favorite classes from our courses section and were pleasantly surprised to see such a variety of options! From becoming a certified product manager or expert-level developer, to building your personal website and maximizing your social media, we’re sure that there’s a class out there just for you.

Click here to view the classes

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HEALTH
A Ferrari, 77 Super Bowl Tickets, and 5 Other Things That Cost Less Than Having a Kid

Sure, fatherhood is amazing—but so is buying an island
BY ELIZABETH MILLARD
Men’s Health January 11, 2017

Having a kid is a life-changing experience. And one part of it that’s especially altered? Your bank account.
According to a new report from the United States Department of Agriculture, the average cost of raising a kid from birth until age 17 is $233,610. And that doesn’t even include college costs.

What else can you get for that kind of cash? Here’s a shopping list. (Need to make more money?

Ferrari California T
This convertible comes in at $206,473. That makes it a bargain compared to similar picks like the Aston Martin DB11 and Bentley Continental GT. Plus, you’ll never have to figure out how to pay for its tuition costs. (These are the 19 Most Incredible Cars Money Can Buy.)

Private Island
Sure, a kid would ensure that your legacy lives on, but couldn’t you say the same about real estate? When it comes to that, it’s tough to beat buying your own island. If you want tropical, Frigate Caye in Belize is just $225,000. Or if you’re woodsy, check out Leader Island in Nova Scotia, at only $125,000. You might just have enough left over for a second one.

350 iPhone 7s
Buying an iPhone 7 straight out sets you back about $650, so 350 of those gadgets will cost you a grand total of $227,500. If you compare that to the price of only one kid, you’d still have around $6,000 left over to load them with apps.

Adam Sandler At Your Next Party
What’s more likely to impress your boss: your kid or Happy Gilmore himself? If it’s the latter, you can make it happen by booking Sandler for your next shindig for about $225,000. Or you could throw an ‘80s party and book 10,000 Maniacs, A Flock of Seagulls, Air Supply, and Billy Squier—even if you scheduled all four acts, it would still only set you back about $200,000 total. (These 11 accessories will help you throw an awesome party, too.)

77 Super Bowl Tickets
According to SeatGeek, the average price of Super Bowl tickets ranges between $2,500 and $3,000—but can go higher depending on who’s playing. If you hope for the best and pay at the top of that range, you and 76 of your best friends can catch the game.

48 Cases of Super-Strong Beer
If you’re going to pony up a few hundred thousand dollars for beer, you might as well go for it. That means Sam Adams Utopias, which, at 28 percent ABV and a price of $200 per bottle, isn’t an option you hand out liberally around the bonfire. (Here are 9 Healthy Reasons to Drink Beer.)

3,114 Golf Lessons
The cost of hiring a golf pro to help you with your short game varies widely depending on your area and the level of a pro’s experience. But, using the average rate of $75 per hour, you could get a one-hour lesson every single day for the next 8.5 years for the same amount as raising a kid. See you at the Masters.

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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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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
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.

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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.

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 
The Gronkowski family is offering 20% off their wide array of fitness equipment* and apparel to all former players! 
To Activate:
Click Here and visit 'Home, Outdoor, and Leisure'
Own a Gym?
Sign up for Gronk Elite
to receive exclusive
wholesale pricing.
*Excludes WaterRower & Trueform
REWARDS RECAP
Apparel
Exclusive deals on 10k and 14k NFLPA Member rings from Summit Marketing.
30% savings on apparel and accessories from
Fanatics and ONE Team Shop.
25% off suits and business attire from Ike Behar.
50% discount on shoes, outerwear, and accessories at Cole Haan.

 
Electronics
Save 25% on sound products from Bose .
Special pricing on HP business products and accessories.
Savings up to 30% off select Lenovo PCs, with additional Daily Door Buster Deals.
Home
See Grinchmas or
The Rockettes with
Working Advantage.
Discounted rates on house painting with PaintZen.
20% discount on flowers and more with From You Flowers.
25% off online orders from Papa John's Pizza with
the promo code NFLP25 
before 12/31/16.
Career and Office
Receive access to over 13,000 mentors in 347 Chapters with Score.
Save on over 40,000 home and office products with
Miller's Office Products.
31-88% off your most most frequently purchased items from Office Max.
Paycom special offer for payroll services.
Outdoor Leisure
Receive 25-30% savings though the
Callaway VIP Program.
Savings on TaylorMade products with Links Unlimited.
Free membership to
Union Sportmen's Alliance.
National Hotels
Members received
10% - 20% savings at
Hilton
Hyatt
IHG
Kimpton
Help Make
Education Affordable
Apply for the
Union Plus Scholarship
by Jan. 31, 2017
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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Nolan Harrison III, MBA
Senior Director, Former Player Services
NFL Player 1991 - 2000
nolan.harrison@nflpa.com
Twitter: @nolanharrison74


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