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Go From The Gridiron To The Ring And Become A WWE SUPERSTAR
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Don’t Put Things in Your Suitcase of Life

February 2017
Dear Fellow Former Players & Friends,

As I watch my 14-year-old daughter Karis grow into a thoughtful, determined young woman, I ask myself again where did the time go? I was just holding her in my arms, watching our favorite movie, Daddy Daycare, and playing tea party. Now I’m barely a blip on the radar screen and she’s off to the next thing with her friends.

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How long should injured pro athletes get workers comp?
By KIANNAH SEPEDA-MILLER, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Should injured pro athletes be allowed to earn worker compensation benefits until they are 67 years old, like other workers, even if their athletic careers normally would have ended more than 30 years earlier?
 
That issue is being debated between the Chicago Bears and the NFL Players Association in the Illinois Legislature as one unlikely element of a compromise proposal to end a nearly two-year-long fight over the state's budget.
 
The Bears are leading other Chicago sports franchises in backing a measure that would reduce a former player's ability to tap into workers compensation after a career-ending injury. They want to cap certain payments to athletes at no older than 35 or five years after their injury. Currently they can claim benefits up to age 67, like other workers.
 
Neither the teams nor players' advocates will say how much money is at stake. They agree it is not a relatively big pot — while theoretically some could claim millions, most if not all athletes settle their claims for reduced sums up front, the players association says.
 
Only a handful of pro players filed for the benefit here in the past four years, although the association would not identify them or describe their individual cases.
 
But one example in the public record of an athlete who claimed this compensation is former Bears offensive lineman Ted Albrecht, a first-round draft choice whose career ended with a back injury in 1982. An arbitrator tried to deny his claim, but an appeals court ruled he was entitled to receive an award based on the difference between his $130,000 Bears salary and what he later earned as a travel agent and sportscaster, which ranged from $87,000 to $36,000 between 1983 and 1986.
 
The Bears say Illinois' law regulating compensation is overly generous. They also argue the existing rules attract players from other states to file claims in Illinois.
 
"Will there be savings? Yes, there will be savings," said Bears attorney Cliff Stein. But the Bears say the measure is really about being fair to other Illinois workers with longer careers in other fields.
 
NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah said the benefits provide a lifeline to players whose athletic careers end suddenly — especially lower paid athletes performing just on practice teams or in minor leagues, who may lack sufficient savings and education to fall back on.
 
"The savings to these (team) owners are negligible whereas the benefits to these players are everything," Richard Gordon, an attorney who represents NFL players, told The Associated Press.
 
Napoleon Harris, a former NFL linebacker and now a Democrat in the Illinois Senate, opposes the provision. He said it would unfairly "carve out" professional athletes from laws meant to protect employees.
 
"It almost feels like players are being used," Harris said. "The owner's not limping after the game, but the owner's collecting billions of dollars in profits."

 
It's not the first time NFL teams have urged lawmakers to rein in compensation claims. California passed a measure in 2013 pushed by the NFL that restricted out-of-state players from filing there.
 
States differ in how much they require employers to compensate injured workers for decreased earning potential. Bears officials argue that no state offers payment for as long or as much as Illinois does, but the players association contends that some state compensation laws are comparable.
 
The Illinois legislation is backed by Chicago's other major sports teams — the National Basketball Association Bulls, the National Hockey League's Blackhawks and the Cubs and White Sox of Major League Baseball. All of them joined the Bears in signing a letter last month to Senate leadership urging them to OK the provision.
 
The change was tucked into a proposed "grand bargain" compromise the Senate is negotiating to break the state's budget standoff. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has pressed for overall worker compensation reform as part of a deal. Though sponsored by Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno, the provision's prospects are uncertain as the impasse grinds on between Rauner and Democratic leaders who control the legislature.
 
Under current law, all Illinois residents can claim benefits for two-thirds of the difference between what they were making when they were injured and what they're able to make thereafter. Maximum damages are capped at the state's average weekly wage of $1,070, meaning no athlete could receive more than $56,000 per year in insurance pay-outs.
 
The change would not limit athletes whose injuries prevent them from holding any job from claiming benefits.
 
The bill is SB12

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LINKEDIN NFLPA FORMER PLAYER BUSINESS GROUP MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
Dave Barr
Current: Nike Equipment Sports Marketing Field Representative

Education: University of California, Berkeley Sociology Degree

Experience

Nike
Equipment Sports Marketing Field Representative 2016-present

Nike
Accessories Strategic Account Executive 2010-2016

Under Armour
Accessories National Sales Manager (Independent & Specialty Accounts) 2005 -2010

Medtronic Xomed Inc
Area Sales Manager 2003 – 2005

Sprint
Indirect Account Executive 2000 – 2003

NFL Quarterback 1995 – 1999

For Dave’s full LinkedIn profile click here

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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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BUSINESS
Why You Should Spend 80 Percent of Your Time on LinkedIn

LinkedIn recently revealed some eye-opening stats about the immense amount of B2B traffic and sales leads it's generating online.
 
By John Nemo Founder and CEO, LinkedIn Riches

If you are marketing your business online and you're not active on LinkedIn, chances are you are missing 80% of your leads.
 
LinkedIn recently shared some eye-opening statistics that should give you serious pause to consider the time and effort you spend (or don't spend) on the platform.
 
"Studies show that 80% of B2B leads come from LinkedIn, and 94% of B2B marketers use LinkedIn to distribute content," LinkedIn shared in a recent blog. "On average, 46% percent of social media traffic coming to B2B company sites is from LinkedIn."
 
These statistics give substantial legitimacy to the platform, which has moved beyond its well-worn reputation as a site for job seekers and hiring managers. LinkedIn now has nearly 500 million users in 200 countries, and 2 new members join the network every second.
 
Even more, LinkedIn indexes, sorts and organizes every piece of content created and shared on the platform. The idea is simple: LinkedIn wants its users to use the site like a professional version of Google, finding answers to their questions in the form of blog posts, status updates, online courses, company pages, individual profiles and more.
 
The Key is Content Marketing
LinkedIn is the place where your ideal customers and clients in the B2B marketplace are hanging out, connecting and looking for news, training, vendors and resources. Your marketing strategy should be focused on creating valuable content that appeals to your target audience, and is easily "discoverable" on LinkedIn.
 
"Increasingly, B2B buyers are looking to LinkedIn for the content they need to move forward in their journey. More than half of them-- 57%, to be exact -- are on a mobile device. All told, there are 9 billion content impressions in LinkedIn feeds every week," LinkedIn noted in its recent blog.
 
In today's marketplace, content (meaning blog posts, podcasts, videos and so on) is the currency you must use to "buy" the time and attention of your prospects online.
 
More important, creating great content helps you demonstrate your authority and expertise instead of just claiming it.

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HEALTH
This Guy Dropped 160 Pounds In 15 Months. Here’s the Stupidly Simple Way He Did It

David Clark went from fat to fit one step at a time
BY BEN PAYNTER

The failure of his business sent David Clark into the grip of scotch and painkillers. He was 320 pounds, dangerously prediabetic, and his blood pressure was scary.
 
Clark had tried every kind of diet imaginable: Atkins. South Beach. Paleo. At one point, he ate nothing but canned vegetables. But every time, old habits won out.
Then came the wake-up call.
 
“The Hollywood narrative is you crash your car and wake up in jail—and both those things happened to me,” says Clark, of Boulder, Colorado. “But it’s not quite right. You’re ready when you’re ready. I had the final realization that I was headed to a very early death. We alcoholics call it a moment of clarity.”
 
On August 6, 2005, Clark laced up his running shoes and hit the pavement for just 15 seconds. But he kept at it.
 
“Every day I had this stupidly simple thing to do,” he says, “and not going for a run, even one day, meant I was giving up.” In 3 months he dropped 50 pounds and tried a local 5K.
The other part to the weight-loss equation was the food. And for Clark, “the glycemic index was my holy grail.”
 
He swore off anything that would cause blood sugar spikes. Fruits and vegetables were in, along with eggs, cheese, and lean deli meats. (Now he’s vegan.)
 
His high-calorie-day treat: dark-chocolate-covered almonds.
 
In only 15 months, Clark shed half his bodyweight to reach 160 pounds. Today, the 45-year-old is an ultramarathoner.

At press time, Clark was slated to trek from L.A. to Alexandria, Virginia, for PTSD awareness. He now owns a gym where the number one goal for clients is just to be consistent. After a while, the effort—and gains—will start to feel automatic, he says.

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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. 

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Former players can sign up to receive a questionnaire by clicking here.
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Use the Chapter Locator to find a SCORE office near you and request a free face to face mentoring meeting.

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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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