Inside this week's FPN
Dear Former Players,

This is an exciting time for the membership and those who enjoy the mantle of leadership. Many chapters have had elections and the current election of a at large board member is currently underway. At our convention in a couple of weeks there will be additional election for the national board seats.

With all of this activity it is important to educate the membership on the duties and responsibilities of the board and the local presidents. The board of directors act in an advisory capacity to the former player services department. The board chairman with one other elected board member have seats on the current players executive committee, advising them on former player issues.

Below is the language from our NFLPA Chapter Regulations describing the duties and responsibilities of these positions. We are looking forward to working with the current and new officers to make 2017 as great as 2016 was.

Duties of Former Players Board of Directors

  • The Board of Directors will be assigned to 3 or more chapters and provide mentor leadership to ensure those assign chapters follow their “game plans” and adhere to the six requirements of chapter eligibility. 
  • They will meet, via call or video conference (Skype), with their assigned chapter presidents regularly and submit bimonthly progress reports to the Board Chairman and the FPSD staff.
  • The Board of Directors will perform all duties of discipline referenced in the chapter by-laws section 3.8.
  • The Board of Directors will cooperate with the staff of the NFLPA in the promotion and operation of NFLPA programs and initiatives and advance the policies and interests of the NFLPA.
Duties of Chapter Officers

PRESIDENT (See also: Local Bylaws Article 4.1 in Exhibit A, page 16)
  • The President must possess a general knowledge of all NFLPA benefits, discounts, and appropriate contacts.
  • The President must have an active email account that is checked frequently and an overall proficiency in technology.
  • The President must be available to attend the annual Leadership meeting and convention.
  • The President will cooperate with the staff of the NFLPA in the promotion and operation of NFLPA programs and initiatives and advance the policies and interests of the NFLPA.
  • The President must recruit 12 players that have not been active within the past 3 years to attend a chapter meeting or community event.
  • Each President must update the FPSD and their assigned FPBOD member quarterly on their recruitment progress.
If you have a desire to take part in leadership and continue to strengthen our fraternity make sure to get involved in your local NFLPA former players chapters. Visit to see the upcoming events in your area and call the FPSD to get in touch with your local chapter leadership.
In Solidarity,
NFLPA Legal Department
NFLPA Former Player Services Department

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Alex Bernstein
Current: Inoak

Education: Amherst College
BA Political Science, English, Economics
1994 – 1997

Activities and Societies: Football, Theta Delta Chi
Home of the mighty Lord Jeffs!


Since I stopped living the life of an NFL superstar *, and started to use my head for more than a battering ram, I've spent the last 10 years working as an executive, board member, entrepreneur, and investor at the intersection of technology and media surrounded by genius technologists, and a rock star team of branding and marketing gurus.
* Truthfully, I was a NFL league minimum earning, division III college undrafted free agent, a perennial 6' 3" 340 pound long shot academic All-American, who was traded twice, released 5 times by four teams over 4 seasons, and who was once affectionately referred to by a Pro-Bowl teammate as just another "all-effort no-talent" player, which may be why my John Madden NFL '99 video game rating was only a 63. In my defense, he (Madden) rides in a giant bus everywhere because of an irrational fear of flying, so I don't think anyone should take anything he says too seriously.
Specialties: Branding & Marketing, Social Media Application Development, Corporate & Business Development, Financial Planning & Advisory, and Interactive Development.


Sep 2013 – Present
Oakland, CA

Inoak is an entrepreneurial community of hackers and hustlers designing new products, building new companies, and living large in Oakland, CA. With just over 30,000 square feet of combined offices and live/work lofts, Inoak provides emerging companies with innovative spaces to live and work.
North Social

May 2010 – Sep 2013
Oakland, CA

Spent the past few years guiding North Social from a napkin concept to over 30K paying customers with 150,000+ installed applications. Completed the sale of the business to Vocus in 2011 as well a post acquisition operating period that saw triple digit revenue growth. Directly manage product design & development, sales & marketing, customer support, business operations, and finance.
North Social is an industry leading platform of Facebook applications used by over 30,000 brands worldwide. North Social was acquired by Vocus Corporation [VOCS] in February of 2011.

Apr 1997 – Mar 2001

Undrafted Free Agent and Honors Student from a Division 3 Amherst College broke into the NFL as an offensive lineman and played in four NFL seasons with the; Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, & Atlanta Falcons. 1998 NY Post award for "The Smartest Professional Athlete in NY" Suffered a career ending injury in the 2000-2001 season training camp.

To view Alex’s full LinkedIn profile click here

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60 Heroes: Eric Winston Looks Ahead

Since being elected in 2014, Eric Winston, the current President of the NFLPA, has been an outspoken leader for the union and its members.  Although his responsibilities grew as he took over the role from Domonique Foxworth, Winston has been an active member of the NFLPA for quite some time.
In 2010, the former University of Miami Hurricane was elected Co-Alternate Player Representative for the Houston Texans, one of the five teams for which the offensive tackle has played.  As a Player Rep during the 2011 lockout, he was a prominent voice, fighting for the best possible deal for players.  As the President, he is no different.  Winston is dedicated to maximizing the current CBA, emphasizing the importance of players’ health and safety.  Committed to this issue, Winston has pledged his brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation for CTE research when he passes away.
The 10-year veteran has been a major supporter of his union and its members, always defending and protecting the rights of his fellow players—past, present and future.  As the end of the current CBA approaches, Winston has been a committed spokesperson for the NFLPA and its members, helping to push the union forward.  Devoted to the issues, Winston has served his fellow players well thus far and looks to continue to do so.


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The Northern California Chapter Election
 From left to right (front row):  Norm Thompson, J Douglas Hollie, Courtney Griffin
 From left to right (back row):  Marcus Cotton, Michael Merriweather, Kevin Brown, Dennis Brown, Anthony Simmons, Vidal Carlin, Honor Jackson, Larry Bates, Gus Parham, Gary Hayes, William Matthews, Dameane Douglas, Michael Dotterer
The Men Of The Birmingham Chapter
from left to right, front to back:
Anthony Bryant, Royd Williams, Chris Goode, Robert Chancey, Antonio Langham, Mark Robbins, George Thornton, David Palmer, Kalvin Pearson, Cedric Donaldson, Pat Saindon, Ralph Malone, Karl Powe, Pearie Goode, Nathan Smith, Bill Sercey, Joe Cribbs, Bobby Abbrams, Anthony Jones, John Henry Smith, Reggie Gipson, Bill Tatarek, Bob Woodard, Travis McNeal, Kenneth Hall, Connelius Griffin
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TED Talk: How to stop screwing yourself over | Mel Robbins
How to stop screwing yourself over | Mel Robbins | TEDxSF
How to stop screwing yourself over | Mel Robbins

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4 Effective Strategies To Remember Everything You Read
By Frank Yung posted on Lifehack

Have you ever encountered the following scenario:

You: I just read a great book!

Friend: What’s it about?

You: (paused and tried so hard to recall what you’ve read)

Or have you forced yourself to finish a book in a day or so, because you worried you would forget the previous chapters after a reading hiatus?

When it comes to widening our knowledge base, unfortunately, we usually prioritize quantity over quality. Yes, the more you read, the more information you get, but we tend to forget the things we read after a short period of time. Our inability to retain information from what we have previously read is dauntingly common. We sometimes skim through the passages; or read word by word, letter by letter, without understanding the content; or even scan the book and get to the next — to bombard ourselves with piles of knowledge. But how often does loading and stacking help us retain what we read?

If we can’t remember anything from the books we read, what’s the point of reading? To make your reading effective and meaningful, here are 4 strategies to help you retain what you read:

1. Generate questions and look for answers

One reading habit we have is to completely immerse ourselves in the text and drill into the details when we read. We think the best way to get the most out of a book is to complete all of the chapters, but we don’t always remember the walls of text upon closing the book. One method to retain our memory is to first go through the table of content (the table of content is here for a reason!) and generate a list of questions, then actively search for answers in the book. When we have a purpose to read a book, it is easier to find and remember what we read.

2. Scribble in the margins while reading

Jotting notes is definitely a great strategy to better knowledge retention. When a certain paragraph stands out to us, we will usually highlight or copy the text, but instead, we should use our own words to summarize key ideas to make a stronger impression. Through this process, you are teaching and explaining to yourself on the points. If you are able to give an outline of the passage without hesitating, you can ensure you have really comprehended and digested the content.

3. Research on points that you don’t understand

When you try to rewrite the summary with your own words, you may encounter points that you find ambiguous or vague. Take the extra 10 minutes to research deeper to get a fuller understanding. This doesn’t mean to throw yourself in at the deep end. Taking the extra step to research can help you understand the subject matter with more details, because most authors assume their readers have some sort of background knowledge of the topics prior to reading the books. For example, for a philosophical book, the writer automatically assumes the readers have a certain level of knowledge on different ideologies in the era that the book is written.

4. Apply the knowledge to your real life

As mentioned above, jotting notes leads to a better retention of information. Many people hold the misconception that the more detailed our notes are, the better we will retain what we have read from a book. While we are so focused on cramping every single bit of a book into our notes, we often forget that we are simply copying paragraphs from the book to our notes. Also, how often do you revisit your notes? Most people’s answer is never. So your hard work in jotting notes have completely gone down the drain.

To make your reading and note-taking session more effective, try to incorporate your own life into whatever you are reading. What this means is when you are taking notes, also think about how the knowledge you read could benefit your life and solve real-life problems. When you do this, your notes will become more insightful and useful, helping you remember what you read from the book.

Reading requires devotion of time and effort

It may sound unnerving and stressful to spend much more time just to retain what you have read. It could be quite heavy at first, but as you follow the strategies more and more, your efforts will pay off and you will definitely have a better retention after reading each book.

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Home Beats Rehab for Knee, Hip Replacement Recovery

Research shows patients fare well, sometimes better, if discharged home, even if they live alone

By Alan Mozes

HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who go straight home from the hospital following hip or knee replacement surgery recover as well as, or better than, those who first go to a rehabilitation center, new research indicates.
And that includes those who live alone without family or friends, one of three studies shows.
"We can say with confidence that recovering independently at home does not put patients at increased risk for complications or hardship, and the vast majority of patients were satisfied," said that study's co-author, Dr. William Hozack. He is an orthopedic surgery professor with the Rothman Institute at the Thomas Jefferson University Medical School in Philadelphia.
Hozack noted that while in the past it was "not uncommon for patients to enter a rehabilitation facility in order to receive additional physical therapy," most patients today do not end up going to a secondary facility.
In fact, roughly 90 percent of Hozack's joint replacement patients are discharged directly home following surgery, he said.
"Considerable evidence has now shown that most patients do just as well at home," he noted.
Hozack and his colleagues are scheduled to present their findings Thursday in San Diego at a meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS).
Two other studies being presented at the meeting also found that recovering at home may be the better option.
One study found that patients who are discharged directly home following a total knee replacement face a lower risk for complications and hospital readmission than those who first go to an inpatient rehab facility. The study was led by Dr. Alexander McLawhorn, an orthopedic hip and knee surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
McLawhorn was also part of a second Hospital for Special Surgery study, led by Michael Fu. That study found that hip replacement patients admitted to an inpatient facility rather than being sent home faced a higher risk for respiratory, wound and urinary complications, and a higher risk for hospital readmission and death.
Dr. Claudette Lajam is chief orthopedic safety officer with NYU Langone Orthopedics in New York City. She was not involved with the studies, but agrees that home recovery is the best option for most patients.
"The home setting is the single best way to get people back into their routines as quickly as possible after surgery," she said.

To view the full article click here

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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

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
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:
  • 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.


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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NFL Player 1991 - 2000
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