Inside this week's FPN
What an incredible 2017 Convention!
What an incredible 2017 Convention! We had the greatest attendance numbers EVER! The members and their wives were treated to a fun and educational three days in Scottsdale AZ. President Eric Winston opened the sessions and spoke about the value of former players and how important we are to the organization. Executive Director De Smith gave his state of the union address and held an extensive question and answer session on Joint Day both in the general session and in the annual leadership only breakfast attended by current and former player leadership. The body engaged in lively discussions about former players and made some recommendations for the NFLPA staff to consider going forward. You will see in the photos below how much fun the attendees had engaging in the convention different activities.

The relatively new Birmingham Chapter under the leadership of Chris Goode and his officers won Chapter of the year and has been doing an outstanding job as a newer chapter setting the pace for all to follow in 2017-2018. The Seattle Chapter won most improved chapter rising from the ashes under the leadership of Dana Sanders and his officers. We expect that they will continue to improve throughout the year.

PAF Executive Director Andre Collins had some great interviews with former player who have some great stories like Myron Rolle, Max Lane, Leo Goeas and Chuck Foreman pictured below.
Former players had the chance to go through an extensive health screening put on by the Living Heart Foundation and services offered by our hearing loss partner Ear Q.
Executive Director Bahati VanPelt gave his Trust report to the attendees and broke the news of a new 15+ medical benefit that will be rolled out soon. Many former players who were not enrolled in the Trust signed up with the Trust staff and many of the Trust Captains from across the country were on hand to answer questions.

We had a great presentation by Ernie Conwell talking about the Harvard Study, now the largest former player study ever. There’s some really positive information that will be released as the year moves forward. Many former players signed up to be a part of the study on the spot.

We held board elections and thanked Isiah Robertson and Mickey Washington for their service. Byron Williams and Priest Holmes were elected to the vacant seats and Mike McBath won the at large election held last month.
We are looking forward to a great 2017 - 2018, visiting our chapters across the country during our Chapter Meetups and providing information and programs that will enrich the lives of our former players across the country.

The 2018 Convention will be in Las Vegas! Be on the lookout for information on how to register in the coming months!

In Solidarity,

Nolan Harrison III, MBA
Senior Director
2017 Convention Key Note Speaker John Amos
John gave an awesome and funny key note address to the attendees. He spoke about the poem he wrote called "The Turk" which was penned when he was cut from the Kansas City Chiefs. Check out John's bio and click the videos to watch below.

John A. Amos, Jr. (born December 27, 1939) is an American actor who is best known for his role as James Evans, Sr. on the CBS television series Good Times (1974–76). Amos other television work includes roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the miniseries Roots, for which he received an Emmy nomination, and a recurring role as Admiral Percy Fitzwallace on The West Wing. Amos also played the father of Will Smith's character's girlfriend, Lisa Wilkes, in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and he had a recurring role on In the House with LL Cool J, as Coach Sam Wilson. Amos played the Father of Tommy Strawn (Thomas Mikal Ford) on the long running sitcom, Martin, as Sgt. Strawn, and another recurring role on Two and a Half Men as Chelsea's dad's new lover. Amos also played Major Grant, the US Special forces officer in Die Hard 2. Amos has also appeared on Broadway and in numerous films in a career that spans four decades. He has received nominations for a Primetime Emmy Award and NAACP Image Award.
In 1964, he signed a free agent contract with the American Football League's Denver Broncos. Unable to run the 40-yard dash because of a pulled hamstring, he was released on the second day of training camp. He then played with Joliet Explorers of the United Football League. In 1965, he played with the Norfolk Neptunes and Wheeling Ironmen of the Continental Football League. In 1966, he played with the Jersey City Jets and Waterbury Orbits of the Atlantic Coast Football League. In 1967, he had signed a free agent contract with the American Football League's Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Hank Stram told John "you're not a football player, you're a man who is trying to play football." John approached Coach Stram with a poem he wrote about the mythical creature that passed the door of all players who are cut from the team. He read it to the team and received a standing ovation from all the players and coaches. Amos said Coach Stram pushed him in the direction of writing after he was released from training camp. He returned to the Continental League where he played that year with the Victoria Steelers.
Fmr Keynote J.Amos PA Part 1
Fmr Keynote J.Amos PA Part 2
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Who doesn't love desert oasis golf!
The wives did a special team building project, building dog houses for a local animal shelter.
When you think about the 2017 Convention Joint Dinner one word comes to mind, FAMILY!
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Here's Why You Need to Walk More than 10,000 Steps Per Day

The key to this insight lies in Scottish postal workers

BY IAN SERVANTES March 23, 2017

If you’re obsessive over making sure you get to 10,000 steps each day, prepare to get 5,000 steps more obsessive.

10,000 steps has become a ubiquitous goal for activity device users, but it hasn’t been scientifically vetted, according to the New York Times. That’s why we should embrace a new study from the International Journal of Obesity, which builds upon the famous study of bus drivers and conductors that provided some of the first evidence that physical activity helps prevent heart disease.

Researchers at the University of Warwick in England studied mail carriers in Glasgow, Scotland, who generally cover their routes by walking instead of driving. These employees who walked for several hours a day were compared with their peers in the mail offices, who remained in seats for most of the day.

Those who spent most of the day sitting were found to have bigger waistlines, higher body mass indexes, and worse blood sugar and cholesterol than their more ambulatory coworkers. Every hour beyond five that an employee spent sitting was found to add two-tenths of a percent to their likelihood of developing heart disease.

For those on the stroll, approximately 15,000 steps was connected to normal body mass indexes and other metabolic profiles. In other words, those who hit this number had no higher risk of heart disease.

If 15,000 steps sounds daunting, the New York Times has a suggestion from Dr. William Tigbe, a physician who led the study, to make it happen easily: walk 30 minutes before work, another 30 during lunch, and do a few 10-minute stretches during the day.

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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.
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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
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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 

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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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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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