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18 former NFL players explain how draft day was different in their eras
By Sam Gardner Fox Sports

The way things were

The draft is one of the NFL’s most highly anticipated events, but the spectacle we see today doesn’t much resemble the drafts of eras past. Over time, as the league has evolved, its draft has, too — from a late-fall event many players didn’t realize was happening to a springtime behemoth that dominates headlines for months after the Super Bowl is over. With that in mind, we asked former players from different eras for the story of the moment they’d learned they’d been drafted. Here is what we learned:

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Former NFL player Chris Wilson to coach inaugural Flint schools football team
FLINT, MI – A new era of Flint high school athletics will begin in the fall and a former NFL player will be directing the football operations.
He’s 34-years-old.

He graduated from Flint Northern in 2000.

His name is Chris Wilson.

“This is an opportunity not only to make history, but a chance to really be productive and accomplish some things,” Wilson said. “We have a chance to go and put the type of stamp on athletics and academics that Flint really is capable of because now the expectancy is different.”

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The men of the Northern California Chapter: 
Standing - Gus Parham, Mervyn Fernandez , Honor Jackson, Anthony Simmons, Gary Weaver, Courtney Griffin, William Matthews.
Sitting - Vidal Carlin, Douglas Hollie, Larry Bates, Jon Staggers
The men of the Indy Chapter: 
Front Row (Seated L-R) Jermaine Cheney, Jerome Johnson(Guest), Vaughn Broadnax, Bill Brooks, John Douglas, Back Row (Standing L-R) Mike Haynes, Orlando Lowry, Ronald Brown, Moses Gray, Robert Jackson, Bill Miller, Geoff Bradley, Junior Aumavae
The men of the Knoxville Chapter:
left to right: Albert Haynesworth's belly, Pat Ryan, Billy Anderson and Jeri Anderson(Bill husband and father), Chris Foote, John Bruhin, Eddie Brown, Antone Davis, Tony Johnson, Jason Swain, Mike Stratton's bald head, John Warren, Pat Heenan, Anthony Hancock behind them, Tim Irwin, Glen Glass, Ron McCartney, Dewy Warren, Chuck Ramsey, and Paul Naumoff, Melva Naumoff
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Employment Opportunity
NFLPA Operations Manager
  • Supervises and trains administrative operations staff as well as temporary staff and interns for the department.
  • Establishes and maintains cost-effective vendor services including kitchen supplies, soda machine, printed stationery, etc.
  • Oversees incoming and outgoing mail/shipping and receiving to ensure proper handling and storage.
  • Oversees ordering and inventory of office supplies; ensures all production rooms are fully stocked, organized and well maintained.
  • Oversees off-site storage facilities and maintains accurate records of all stored items.  
  • Supervises maintenance of organization filing system and departmental adherence to the document retention policy.
  • Responsible for the routine maintenance of all office equipment and business systems in cooperation with the IS Department.
  • Works with CFO, Property Management Contractor and affiliated contractors to influence the standard maintenance, day to day operations, and repairs of office space including furniture orders and office moves.
  • Oversees the staffing and execution of special projects including mass mailings, gift bag assembling, preparation for informational packets, etc.
  • Coordinates the acquisition, categorization and valuation of autographed items to be used for both internal and external charitable donations on behalf of the organization.
  • Manages inventory and storage of all licensed product.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Event Management
  • Provides offsite operational management at key events to ensure collaboration across departments and creation of best-in-class event operations.
  • Oversees the credentialing process at sanctioned events including distribution, as well as credential list management.    
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  • Requires 15% travel.
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10 Things You Didn't Realize Were Invented in the 1970s

In the 1970s, the world made huge strides towards developing some of the most useful and impactful inventions of all time, ultimately setting the stage for some of the most advanced products today.

In 1971, IBM reshaped the way people thought about data storage when it released one of the earliest and most convenient mediums: the floppy disk. And if it weren’t for Motorola’s 1973 invention of the first mobile phone, you might not have that smartphone sitting in your hand right now. Or think about life without email. Without computer engineer Ray Tomlinson and then-14-year-old genius Shiva Ayyadurai, the world may be a different place -- that is, a place without email.

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11 Food Dos and Don'ts to Tame Inflammation
1. Keep It Simple

Although no diet is proven to cure or treat psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or other inflammatory conditions, you can choose foods that will help with it. Go for items that haven’t been highly processed. You want ones that are still close to their natural state.

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Check out the new Trust website!

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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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Senior Director
Dee Becker
Assistant Director
Lorenzo Kaufman
Senior Manager
Amber C.Edwards
Membership Services Coordinator
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NFLPA National Office

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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

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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.
Off the Field is the national football player wives association 
Click HERE for more information on Off The Field Players' Wives Association

Former Players* can now request the free YMCA membership
when he signs into his profile!

Sign in,
click “Membership Discounts”,
click “Home, Outdoor, and Leisure”,
then scroll to “YMCA”.

Please print and complete the form.
Include the date, YMCA name, YMCA city and state,
player name, and player NFLPA ID number.
Email the form to
You will receive a confirmation email once the email is received. 

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Reorganize and declutterize with PODS.
Repaint the room using Paintzen or with a mural from Fathead.
Throw in some HP electronics.
Sprinkle in a pair of shoes from Cole Haan.
The final touch...and custom bobblehead from
Talk to World Travel to find your perfect location.
Learn a few phrases for overseas travel using LTC Language.
Domestic travel with Diamond Resorts International.
An evening at the movies, out to eat, or seeing your favorite artist with Union Plus.
Pick the perfect bouquet with From You Flowers
Get her oil changed and tires rotated with Union Plus
Wine and Perfume from Working Advantage
The links above will direct you to the company website.
To access the discount codes, sign in at

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. 

To Access the Free 
YMCA Membership:

If you have 2 or more Credited Seasons
Click Here to Email Morgan from The Trust
Please include the player's name,  player's NFLPA ID number, YMCA name, and YMCA city and state. 

If you have less than 2 Credited Seasons
Click Here to Print and Complete your Form
Please include the
YMCA name, YMCA city and state, player name, player NFLPA ID number, and the date.

Then email form to You will receive a confirmation email once the email is received. 

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.

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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