Inside this week's FPN
PLAYER NEWS
A benefits site built around Player feedback: MyGoalline.com is now NFLPlayerBenefits.com
Players’ involvement in the design process of the new NFLPlayerBenefits.com was essential.
 
Understanding your Player benefits is not an easy task, but in the summer of 2015 the NFL Player Benefits Office received the green light to do something about it. In collaboration with the NFL and NFLPA, the overhaul of MyGoalLine.com was initiated.
 
But what should the new site include? “We knew there was a lot of room for improvement,” said Miki Yaras-Davis, Senior Director of Benefits at the NFLPA. “But to get the site right, we needed to hear from the Players.”
 
Interviews with both active and former Players made clear that changing MyGoalLine.com wasn’t going to be enough. What Players wanted was a single place where they could learn about all their benefits and have the ability to apply online. Players also said the information on the site had to be easier to understand. One of the keys to simplifying the site was to only show personalized information and choices that were relevant to a Player’s situation.
 
After designing a preliminary version of the website, Players came to the NFLPA offices to test and provide input on the new features and content. “Getting players in front of an early version of the website was one of our highest priorities to make sure the site was going to meet their needs.” says Brian Francis, Benefits Associate at the NFLPA.

               

The new site, NFLPlayerBenefits.com, went live on May 8. It is structured around four main categories:
  • Finance: Retirement plans and all other financial resources
  • Health: Insurance plans while playing, as well as post-career resources
  • Disability: What is available and how to apply
  • Career Transition: The many different programs available to you
 
The new site has replaced the need for most paper applications and allows you to submit forms online. It’s also easily viewed on mobile devices such as tablets and cell phones. While some benefits still require paper forms, future updates are focused on moving everything online. 
 
Check out the new site at NFLPlayerBenefits.com. After you’ve visited, tell us what you think! There is still an opportunity to have your voice heard about the features that are most important to you. “This is a long- term and ongoing investment,” said Yaras-Davis. “Getting this new, mobile-friendly site up and running is just the first step. We’ll continue to make updates based on what the Players tell us.” 
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Three years out of the NFL, he’s about to graduate from law school
By Sarah Larimer, Washington Post

There will always be photographs, said Chris Carr, so his children will know that he played in the National Football League. But as Octavian, 5, Scarlett, 3, and Kelly, not yet 1, grow up, the memories of their dad won’t be of him on a football field.

“By the time they’re older, my main identity is just going to be a lawyer,” Carr said. “And so I’m proud of that. It will be good for them to see.”

Next weekend, Carr expects to graduate from George Washington University Law School. Of more than 500 students in his class, Carr is the only one with a Pro Football Reference page. A defensive back and kick returner, he played 125 games (regular season), intercepted seven passes, ran one of those back for a touchdown. A solid career. But that’s all past.

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#NFLPAFRATERNITY
The men of the Detroit Chapter: 

Front row: William Gay, Tim Walton
Middle row: Ron Rice, Eric Stolz, Carlos Robinson, Cyrill Weems, Ricky Bryant, Sean Jordan

Back row: Kevin Harrison, Milton Curtis, Bret Petersmark, Pete Chryplewicz, Thomas Seaborn
NFLPA PAF Scholarship Winner Presentation by the Atlanta Chapter:

NFLPA Chapter President Bobby Howard and Brandon Sykes PAF Scholarship Winner
NFLPA PAF Scholarship Winners Presentation by the Detroit Chapter:

Ron Rice ( NFLPA member), Danielle Drake ( DaVante Cole mother ) ,Shy Averett (Microsoft) , Ameer Abdullah  (Detroit Lion), Tim Walton (NFLPA Chapter President ), Cyrill Weems (NFLPA member). The two winners holding their Surface Microsoft laptops
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BUSINESS

This Will Help You Decide if You Should Delete LinkedIn Connections You Don't Know

By Sara McCord

Answer honestly: Do you know every single one of your LinkedIn contacts?

Let me guess: The answer is no.

Maybe you ended up in this situation because it was a strategic move, you wanted to be more closely connected to recruiters or people at your dream company. Or maybe you think the whole point is to build out your network with new people. Maybe someone had a ton of mutual contacts, wrote you a personalized note, or just had a really cool job title.

The list goes on, but the point is: You’re probably connected to quite a few strangers on LinkedIn. And more often than not, you probably wonder:

Does it make more sense to stay connected or delete them?
While I can’t tell you to keep them all, or delete them all, I can show you a few pros and cons to your decision.

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Job Opportunity: NFLPA Communications Department Graphic Designer
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.
Qualifications:
  • 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.
Apply here

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HEALTH
Your Mind, Your Body, Your Health

“Your Mind, Your Body, Your Health” is here to provide the members of our extended NFLPA family with the tools needed to achieve a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally.
Getting Help | Your Mind, Your Body, Your Health
Anxiety is the most commonly diagnosed mental health concern, with about a quarter of the population meeting criteria for an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. In small amounts, anxiety can actually be helpful—for example, it’s often your level of anxiety that provides the needed “adrenaline rush” for competition, or produces the motivation and momentum required to accomplish tasks.

While anxiety is something that everyone experiences, when it occurs too frequently, is too easily triggered, or lasts too long, it becomes problematic and it is helpful to seek support. There are a long list of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Regardless of the specific diagnosis, all anxiety disorders are marked by negative emotions, symptoms of tension, and an apprehension of future danger or misfortune. And most importantly, they can be successfully treated.

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Your Mind, Your Body, Your Health
“Your Mind, Your Body, Your Health” is here to provide the members of our extended NFLPA family with the tools needed to achieve a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally. This unique community encourages an open dialogue on pressing issues in the sports industry, including CTE, concussions and mental health.

By debunking common myths and providing a platform to tell real stories, we aim to equip our current and former members and their families with the knowledge needed to tackle tough subjects in the world of sports. We hope to connect you with resources that will empower you and your family to live the healthiest life possible. If you believe you or someone you know is experiencing any of the following issues, click below to learn more.

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THE TRUST CORNER

Check out the new Trust website!

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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.

800-372-2000 x132

Nolan Harrison III, MBA
Senior Director
Dee Becker
Assistant Director
Lorenzo Kaufman
Senior Manager
Amber C.Edwards
Membership Services Coordinator
Garrett Wooddell
Administration
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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Health, Career, Education and Lifestyle Programs for Former Players
866-725-0063
info@playerstrust.com
Bahati VanPelt | Executive Director
www.PlayersTrust.com

Professional Athletes Foundation

Gene Upshaw Players Assistance Trust (PAT)
Helping players  in need.

800-372-2000 x166

Andre Collins | Executive Director
Tyrone Allen | Director
Caryl Banks | Manager
Leslie Isler | Coordinator

www.yourPAF.com

NFLPA Benefits Department

Available to answer player benefits and insurance questions.

800-372-2000 x155

Miki Yaras-Davis | Sr. Director
Bethany Marshall | Director
Chris Smith | Asst. Director
Adora Williams | Sr. Manager
Brian Francis | Coordinator
Nicole Mahzoun | Assistant

NFLPA National Office Information

1133 20th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:30pm EST
800-372-2000

NFL Player Benefits Office

Baltimore, MD
NFL Benefits Office for T&P, Disability, Plan 88, pension, second career, annuity and other benefits filing.
800-638-3186

Former Player Life Improvement Plan

Joint replacement, discount prescription card, assisted living and more.
800-NFL-GOAL
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 NFLPA.com 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 202-756-9132 if you have any membership or internet questions.

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Player Emergency Help
NFL Get Help Hotline
877-506-0078
NFLLifeline.org
Monetary grants for qualified vested former players experiencing hardships.
800-635-4625
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
www.nflpa.com 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 

formerplayers@nflpa.com.

You will receive a confirmation email once the email is received. 

To Activate:
CLICK HERE TO PRINT THE FORM
CLICK HERE TO EMAIL THE COMPLETED FORM
*CLICK HERE IF YOU HAVE 2+ CREDITED SEASONS
HONOR THE MOTHERS IN YOUR LIFE
BUILD THE ULTIMATE SHE SHED /
WOMAN'S CAVE

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 AllBobbleHeads.com.
TAKE A TRIP TOGETHER
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.
DON'T FORGET THE SIMPLE THINGS
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 www.nflpa.com.

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 
formerplayers@nflpa.com. 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.

Education

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. 

Social Networks

NFLPA.com

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EDITOR
Nolan Harrison III, MBA
Senior Director, Former Player Services
NFL Player 1991 - 2000
nolan.harrison@nflpa.com
Twitter: @nolanharrison74


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