Inside this week's FPN
Former NFL player shares how he went from the Super Bowl to private equity
Rising from poverty to graduate from an Ivy League university is impressive enough, but that only scratches the surface of Isaiah Kacyvenski’s story.
He earned two degrees from Harvard and was an aspiring doctor and four-year starter on the university’s football team before playing in the National Football League for eight years and then returning to his alma mater to get his MBA.
Now he’s a technology entrepreneur and an adviser to the New York-based private equity firm Star Mountain Capital.
“As an undergraduate student at Harvard, I was pre-med, and my plan was to be a doctor, but fortunately I was drafted by the Seahawks, and I went on to live the dream of playing in the NFL,” Kacyvenski said.

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Former NFL player to compete on the American Ninja Warrior TV show
Michael Ray Garvin, former Florida State Seminole, Arizona Cardinal, and author of book "Worlds Most Jacked Athlete, competed in season 9 of American Ninja Warrior.

The TV show will air in June of this year on NBC.

Michael Ray competed last season in the Oklahoma City regional qualifier.

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The men of the Pittsburgh Chapter: 

Back row, L to R: John Skorupan, Albert Reese, Walter Bernard, Steve Sciulli, Charlie Batch, Rod Morris, Rob Holmberg, Troy Benson

Front row, L to R: Doug Legursky, Mike Logan, Ron Coder, Robin Cole, Craig Bingham, Marv Kellum
The men of the Baltimore Chapter (Special DC Chapter guests): 

Front left to right: Tavon Mason, Thomas Smith, Tony Covington, Rafael Cooper, Jean Fugett, Jr.

Second row Left to right:  Spain Musgrove, Phillip Blackwell, Reggie White, Roy Hilton, Jason Murphy, Jason Goode, Ricky Ray, Justin Wells, Cal Snowden, Brandon Copeland
The Jacksonville Chapter's recent golf tournament to benefit the Child Cancer Fund:

Pictured from left to right: Dexter Seigler, Orson Mobley, Marcus Pollard, Sean McInerney, Todd Philcox, Jammie Kirlew, Grayson marshall - guest, Kyle Bosworth, Guest, Isaac Smolko, Tom McManus, Josh Scobee, Mark Brunell, Eric Curry. 
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Employment Opportunity
We are seeking an entry level in-house graphic designer with print, web design and video editing experience to join our creative team. The ideal candidate is enthusiastic about designing, possesses a willingness to learn, and accepts constructive criticism well. This designer will work on a variety of projects including websites, signage, identity, print, packaging, presentations and other digital projects. This designer supports the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) and the licensing and marketing subsidiary, NFL Players Inc (NFLPI) on different components of comprehensive branding and marketing projects.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Develops and executes designs and creative concepts from inception to production.
  • Collaborates with project managers and/or teams to meet client expectations within budget.
  • Contributes to design and content planning and development of all digital projects (i.e., video, website, etc.)
  • Responsible for meeting project expectations and deliverables on time and in high quality.
  • Maintains and upholds NFLPA & NFLPI visual brand identity system standards, ensuring all materials carrying logo(s) accurately reflect the organization’s mission and core values.
  • Provides creative conceptualization for visual messaging and editorial voice of official NFLPA communication; ensuring all messaging reflects a consistent visual voice and style in expressing the NFLPA brand.
  • Manages stock subscription service(s).
  • Remains current with all standard graphics software.
  • Maintains vendor relationships and manages outsourced jobs.
  • Assists with special projects as requested by Executive Director.
  • BA in graphic design or related field highly preferred.
  • Related work experience highly preferred.
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere Pro) and other common design tools and software.
  • Must have proven work experience as a print and digital designer, with experience in video editing, a familiarity with responsive web design, basic HTML and a strong visual and technical portfolio.
  • Ability to solve problems creatively and effectively.
  • Strong organization skills and highly detail-oriented.
  • Ability to thrive in a constantly changing, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team.
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Researches Find That Your Weight Can Affect Your Brain

By Archita Mittra

The common belief if that our weight can affect only our physical health and there’s absolutely no chance for it to affect our brain.

Obesity is certainly a horrible thing but it’s surely not so horrible that it will destroy the neurons in our brains right?
In fact, don’t many of us adopt a sedentary lifestyle to focus more on our career and work which basically involves sitting in front of a computer screen with take-out pizzas and gaining weight?

The Truth:

Well, here’s the harsh truth. As per a study, our weight can seriously affect the size of our brains and how quickly it deteriorates. Which means obesity and brain function are linked and that obesity can affect the white matter inside our skull. This not only leads to dementia, Alzheimer’s and depression but it also affects memory, language and visual skills. Battling obesity has never been this important.

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6 ‘Healthy’ Foods You Should Cut Back On If You Want to Lose Weight

These choices may actually be sabotaging your goals

As a dietitian, I frequently have to analyze a client’s diet and troubleshoot certain areas where they can improve. Often, red flags pop up. When I tell my clients to cut back on certain foods, they sometimes stare at me like, “Huh?”

Most of the educating I do focuses on dispelling persistent nutrition myths or poking holes in the “research” behind marketing-generated label claims.
Notice I didn’t say that these are foods you should stop eating. No one food is bad or good, but some foods can be detrimental to your health and weight goals when consumed in high amounts. 

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Check out the new Trust website!

Click the image below.
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

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 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.
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. 

To Activate:

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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Senior Director, Former Player Services
NFL Player 1991 - 2000
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