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Congratulations to Dee Becker on her announcement to retire from the NFLPA 
After nearly 34 years of service to the NFLPA and its players, Dee Becker has announced her retirement, effective May 26th, 2017. 

Dee joined the NFLPA as a secretary in 1983 in the Public Relations Department.  At that time, the Union was staffed by 20 people under Executive Director Gene Upshaw. After just three years, Dee was promoted to Assistant Director of the Public Relations Department, renamed the Retired Players Department and, eventually, the Former Player Services Department we know today.  

Dee’s responsibilities within Former Player Services covered a wide range, but one of the most prominent has been her oversight of the annual Former Players Convention. The Former Player Conventions have garnered consistently high ratings from attendees for their planning, smooth execution, and unique special events.  Although we didn’t know it in March, what is now Dee’s last Convention was also the Department’s largest and most successful.  

Dee was also responsible for the planning and logistics of all Former Player events in addition to managing the administrative staff and interns in her department.  Dee has served as the Secretary of the Professional Athlete’s Foundation since its inception. 

Dee has been an integral part of one of the largest and most successful increases in services for our former players in NFLPA history.  She enjoys a more than well-deserved reputation among many former players as one of the true “go to” people here at the NFLPA, and her entire professional career has been dedicated to managing and always improving service to them.  

We are all happy for Dee and her husband, Billy, for what we know will be a full and active retirement.  That happiness is tempered only by losing daily contact in the long and collegial relationships she has developed over her 34 years at the NFLPA.  

Former NFL Player Myron Rolle Begins His Neurosurgery Residency at Harvard

By Angela Bronner Helm, News One

Everyone knows that professional football has been besieged by scores of players who were found to have suffered brain damage in the form of CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which can only be diagnosed after death.

In fact, PBS confirmed that 76 of 79 former players from the NFL tested positive for the degenerative brain disease post-mortem.

However, one former player—Dr. Myron Rolle—who put off an NFL career because he was a Rhodes Scholar—plans to become a physician with a specialty in neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in June.


Rolle graduated from Florida State Medical School on Saturday. He also attended FSU as an undergraduate and played with the Seminoles from 2006-2008. He put his football career on hold in 2009 to study at Oxford after becoming a Rhodes scholar, one of the most prestigious international scholarships in the world, and earned a master’s degree in medical anthropology from the prestigious British university.

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The men of the Nashville Chapter: 
Ross Browner, Gerald McRath, Ray Wallace, Roger Jones, Nathan Simpson, Brenard Wilson
NFLPA Nashville Chapter volunteer at the
Special Olympics:

Coach Eddie Khayat, Roger Jones, and Chapter President Ross Browner presented metals to all of the event winners.

11 Things to Do the Night Before an Interview (if You Want to Land the Job)

By Alyse Kalish, The Muse

The night before an interview can be a stressful time—usually one filled with “what if’s?”

What if I don’t know the answer to a question? What if I trip and fall on my way into the office? What if I sleep through my alarm and miss the entire thing and never get a job ever again?

This is only normal, and you’re certainly not alone in these thoughts.

But that’s why you should actually spend time the night before doing a little something called preparation! Because when you’re prepared, there’s really no reason to worry.

And we know just what you should do. In fact, we made you a handy checklist to make sure you’re covered on everything from tough interview questions to finding directions to the office to prepping for any mishap.

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Job Opportunity: Camp Greylock Department Head of Flag Football
Camp Greylock, located in Becket, Massachusetts and one of the nations oldest and most prestigious private residential summer camps for boys, seeks a summer 2017 department head for our Flag Football program.

Dates of camp are 6/19/17 through 8/13/17, with some flexibility if there are conflicts with your fall teaching/coaching schedules.

We seek a fun, upbeat, mature coach who loves kids to teach basic football skills to our campers and to manage a staff of five others. Professional housing, good work hours and environment, with laundry and room & board included. This is a great opportunity for a memorable and worthwhile summer experience. Position pays in the range of $800 - $1000 per week, depending upon experience and background.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Coaching four to six classes per day for boys ages 8-15 that combine skill development, instruction, and game play.
  • Strong coaching and playing background, experience working with kids, someone who enjoys at atmosphere of learning, support, and structure.
Apply here

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

To highlight the importance of this topic here is a special message from the PAF Director 
Tyrone Allen, Director Professional Athletes Foundation
Dear Fellow Former Players, Friends and Family,

With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, it got me thinking about how building a healthy you can contribute to wellness in all areas of life.

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The Scholarship Application Period is Now Open
The Trust awards scholarships to eligible Former Players so they may obtain degrees at educational organizations, vocational institutions, technical programs and professional licensing programs.  
Check out the new Trust website!

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Former Player Services Department

We are "One Team",
built around a fraternity of former NFL Players who are aligned, connected and engaged, working together in life beyond football.


Nolan Harrison III, MBA
Senior Director
Dee Becker
Assistant Director
Lorenzo Kaufman
Senior Manager
Amber C. Edwards
Membership Services Coordinator
Garrett Wooddell
Membership Services Assistant

The Trust

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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Health, Career, Education and Lifestyle Programs for Former Players.


Bahati VanPelt
Executive Director

Professional Athletes Foundation

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

Andre' Collins
Executive Director
Tyrone Allen
Caryl Banks
Leslie Isler


NFLPA Benefits Department

Available to answer player benefits and insurance questions.

800-372-2000 x159

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

NFLPA National Office Information

1133 20th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

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

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.
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 the NFLPA and ask to speak with Membership Services at 800-372-2000 if you have any membership or internet questions.

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Player Emergency Help
NFL Get Help Hotline
Monetary grants for qualified vested former players experiencing hardships.
Off the Field is the national football player wives association 
Click HERE for more information on
Off The Field Players' Wives Association

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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. 

To Access the Free 
YMCA Membership:

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

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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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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