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Former NFL player Tyrus McCloud holds clinic to help disadvantage youth

By Shandel Richardson, Sun Sentinel

A few years ago, former NFL linebacker Tyrus McCloud attended a youth football camp on the campus of Stanford University.

He immediately fell in love with the concept, which was providing children with an incarcerated parent an opportunity to receive training from former players. After completing it, he immediately began brainstorming of ways to bring it to South Florida.

“I thought how fruitful would that be to come back to South Florida and engage the communities down here in the same fashion,” McCloud said.

Years later, he has accomplished the feat. McCloud hosted the Angel Tree Football Clinic on Saturday at King’s Academy. The event was open to participants between the age of 7 and 15. Players went through various drills and were treated to lunch following the activities.

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First, he played in the NFL. Then he became an astronaut

By Ben Guarino, Washington Post

Leland Melvin is a man of many helmets. As an NFL wide receiver, he's worn one for the Detroit Lions. As a NASA astronaut, he donned a helmet and traveled to the International Space Station, twice, orbiting Earth 374 times.

Melvin, 53, also happens to have one of the few official government portraits to go viral — of him, in his astronaut gear, being licked by his two adopted Rhodesian ridgeback mixes. (To take the photo, Melvin smuggled his dogs, Scout and Jake, onto the NASA campus in a van.) That picture graces the cover of Leland's new autobiography, “Chasing Space: An Astronaut's Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances,” published in May.

The book describes his path from high school football star to NFL draft pick to fiber optics engineer to astronaut. Melvin spoke to The Washington Post on Friday about the need for second chances — a missed football catch almost ended his athletic career before it began — and how to encourage kids to pursue science.

Of his time in orbit, one of the most powerful moments came during dinner. “We're breaking bread at 17,500 mph, floating food into each other's mouths,” Melvin said, “and then I look out the window and I see I'm over Lynchburg, Virginia. And my family's probably breaking bread down there, eating.” That orbital perspective gave Melvin an unflappability in the face of bad traffic and greater appreciation for our planet. His recommendation? Send journalists, Congress, everyone, including the president, to space.

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The Next Generation of You:
Eric Kettani

“I thoroughly enjoy painting. It’s one of my passions. I started professionally painting right after the first year with the Patriots. I’ve always loved art and I’m kind of a self-taught artist." -Eric Kettani

“It was outstanding. It’s something that you dream for as a child that you finally accomplish,” Kettani said. “Just by any NFL team and even more importantly the Patriots because they’re such a great organization with a great legacy behind their team.”

Even though he was facing a three-year commitment to be on active duty, Kettani wasn’t surprised by the Patriots’ move. 

“I knew that (former Navy fullback) Kyle Eckel did that before me,” Kettani said. “He was lucky enough to sign with the Patriots (as an undrafted free agent in 2005) and serve some time and play in and win Super Bowl (XLIV with New Orleans). So I knew that opportunity was there. I was just fortunate enough that (head coach Bill) Belichick and the organization had the faith that I could play at the next level.”

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Event Notice

Join us for an evening with MLB, NHL, NFL and NBA Former Players!

In collaboration with the NFLPA, the ?MLB ?Players ?Alumni ?Association ?is ?hosting ?a ?pre-game ?reception ?for ?retired ?players ?to ?network ?with ?athletes ?in ?the ?greater ?Baltimore ?area. ?Join ?us ?for ?an ?evening ?of ?networking, ?food, ?drinks ?and ?fun ?alongside ?MLB, ?NHL, ?NFL ?and ?NBA ?Former ?Players! ?Don’t ?miss ?out ?on ?this ?opportunity ?and ?come ?enjoy ?a ?ballgame!
Tuesday, August 01, 2017 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
333 West Camden Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Space ?is ?extremely ?limited ?and ?open ?to ?the ?first ?50 ?former ?NFL ?players ?to ?RSVP. ?As ?an ?NFLPA ?Lifetime ?Member, ?admission ?is ?free. ?We ?are ?expecting ?200 ?athletes ?to ?attend. ?Unfortunately ?no ?guests ?can ?be ?accommodated. ?Please ?register ?by ?June ?21st by clicking the link below.

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The men of the St. Louis chapter gather at the Cheshire's Boundary Restaurant - George Hinkle, David Brader, Marc Lillibridge, Eddie Moss, Willard Harrell, Aeneas Williams, Larry Frost, Howard Richards, Doug Marsh, Johnny Roland, Mark Arneson, Hershel Turner, Will Witherspoon, Mike Wells, Jerry Holloway, Carl Bland, Israel Byrd, Derrick Frost, Bernard Whittington, Neil Rackers, Jim Otis, and Pete Woods (Not Pictured: Eric Williams, Irv Goode, Tim Van Galder)
Here are a few of the many members of the NFLPA Oklahoma Chapter who attended the meeting at the Charleston's Restaurant: Steve Zabel, Derrel Gofourth, Brandon Christenson, Paul Blair, Rickey Brady, Ken Mendenhall, Chris Chamberlain, Billy Bajema, Kelly Gregg, Bob Breitenstein.
Rance Olison and Priest Holmes of the NFLPA San Antonio Austin Chapter present a PAF Scholarship to a deserving member of the community.

Surprise, LinkedIn Endorsements Do Matter! Here's What You Need to Know

By Nathan Tanner, TheMuse

Whenever I teach a session on how to improve LinkedIn profiles, I almost always get asked one of the following questions:

  • Is there any value in adding skills to my profile?
  • Are skill endorsements important?
  • What should I do if a connection endorses me for a skill he knows nothing about?

For context, the site allows you to add up to 50 skills to your profile, and those in your network can validate that you have those skills by “endorsing” you. This feature was rolled out in 2012 and there are now over 10 billion endorsements on the platform.

You can add practically any skill to your profile, and while most users take this fairly seriously, some have had fun with it, including skills such as eating, online dating, and memes.

If you’re like me, you’ve had people in your network endorse you for skills they know nothing about. For example, my childhood dentist—who I haven’t seen in ages—recently endorsed me for Human Resources. Which sounds great, but he knows little to nothing about HR. Ask any seasoned user of LinkedIn and they’ve likely experienced the same thing.

With these concerns in mind, the platform recently rolled out a much-anticipated update to this section. While the company hasn’t restricted the type of skills you can add, it has made a few changes to make endorsements more relevant. I’ll walk through how this feature has changed and why it matters to you. 

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Job Opportunity: NFLPA Membership Services Meeting Manager

The Membership Services Meeting Manager is responsible for the planning and execution of the department’s meetings and events. This position will work to ensure that the meetings and events produce the desired outcomes and are aligned with the objectives of the department.

Primary Responsibilities: 
  • Plans and executes all former player related meeting and event logistics including but not limited to budget management, venue procurement, transportation, on-site operations, final bill reconciliation, etc.
  • Works closely with Events team on planning of annual convention; facilitates team planning and informational meetings.
  • Manages the logistics and execution of departmental events including annual staff retreat. 
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with vendors to include restaurants, hotel sales representatives, transportation, housing, caterers, speakers and security personnel.
  • Manages on-site staff and volunteer staff during meetings and events.
  • Maintains acute knowledge of industry trends with a focus on innovation and efficiency.
  • Assists in development of department event budget; reviews monthly financial statements for accuracy.
  • Assists with preparation of marketing materials including email blasts, brochures, social media and web updates.
  • Performs other duties as assigned

  • Bachelor’s degree in Events or Hospitality Mgmt. (or similar field) preferred
  • 5+ years of experience, association environment preferred 
  • CMM, CMP or CSEP certification(s) a plus
  • Strong background in customer/member service
  • Excellent organizational skills; strong attention to detail
  • Sales and management skills
  • Ability to handle stressful situations as well as manage deadline-driven projects and priorities with tact and humility
  • 25% travel

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Why You Should Take a Midday Nap Today

By Brad Stulberg, Steve Magness, Men's Health

Regardless of what all the "life hackers" may tell you, napping does not make up for insufficient nighttime sleep. You can't nap your way to growth, be it physical or psychological. That said, napping does help restore energy and concentration during midday lulls, so it's a strategy worth considering for long and intense days.

A growing body of research demonstrates that naps can improve performance, alertness, concentration, and judgment. Given these attributes are all critical for those on a space station orbiting the earth, it should come as no surprise that NASA became interested in learning about the benefits of napping. When NASA scientists conducted studies on astronauts, they discovered that a 25-minute nap improved judgment by 35 percent and vigilance by 16 percent. No surprise, then, that NASA encourages afternoon snoozes.

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Athlife Tip: Father's Day is Every Day
As Father’s Day quickly approaches, more often than not, dads around the country wonder how they end up working (cooking on the grill) on what is deemed their “special day”. For those dads that are fortunate enough to be treated like royalty on Father’s Day, it’s pure bliss, but for others it may be viewed as just another day. Perhaps taking a deeper dive on the whole premise of Father’s Day may help put things in perspective. Whether you’re working, in-season, out-of-season or retired, recognize that being a father is not just about one day, but a balancing act that is truly fundamental to a happy life. View the full article for a few tips and thoughts to consider as Father’s Day approaches.

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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
Lorenzo Kaufman
Senior Manager
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

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.
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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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Click Here to Sign Up to Receive a Questionnaire

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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