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Ex-NFL DL Anthony Hargrove Named Head Coach of the Christopher-Zeigler-Royalton Cooperative HS Football Program

By Tim Whelan Jr., USA TODAY High School Sports

A Super Bowl champion has taken over a football team in Southern Illinois.

Anthony Hargrove, an eight-year NFL defensive lineman who was a member of the Super Bowl XLIV-champion New Orleans Saints, has been named the head football coach for the cooperative Christopher-Zeigler-Royalton. The team joins players from Illinois’ Christopher High and Zeigler-Royalton High.

According to The Southern Illinoisan, the former NFL defensive lineman accepted the position a few weeks ago. Former head coach Josh McCurren stepped down from the role but will remain on the coaching staff.

Hargrove, now 33, was drafted by the St. Louis Rams out of Georgia Tech in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He also played for the Bills before moving on to New Orleans, where he had five sacks and a touchdown during the Super Bowl-winning season. His last regular-season action came with the Seattle Seahawks.

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Former NFL Player Commings Tallies First Professional Hit in D-Braves Win

By Alex Tichenor,

Sanders Commings isn’t so different from a lot of minor league rookies, not having played much baseball since high school.

There is one small difference; Commings graduated high school in 2008.

In his second professional start, Commings captured his first hit on Danville’s first at-bat of the game, setting the tone in the D-Braves’ 6-3 win over Princeton.

“It was a little bit of a sigh of relief,” Commings said of his first hit. “Last game, I got two at-bats and got two [strikeouts], so I felt a little bit of pressure to get that first hit. I got a first-pitch fastball today and it dropped in for a double. It feels really good.”

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Paying It Forward: Nativevision

by Jim Gehman

Now in its 21st year, the camp is held annually in different tribal communities around the country. It is an opportunity for youth from different Indian nations to meet and share their cultures.

The guiding principle is to cultivate the core strengths, values and positive relationships of American Indian youth that will make them resilient and help them transition to a healthy, productive and fulfilling adulthood.

Several professional athletes including former NFLPA Executive Director Clark Gaines, along with former NFL players John Olenchalk and Jim Rourke, will help mentor the children in football, lacrosse, basketball, soccer, volleyball and track


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The NFLPA San Diego Chapter taking in a Padres game: Mitch Palmer, Chris Washington, Nina Cornelius, Andre Reed, Stephen Pierce, Britt Davis, Greg Camarillo, Dennis Shaw
The NFLPA Jacksonville Chapter having a great time at Blackfinn: Mark Brunell, Lee Folkin, Darryl Harris, Scott Player, Sean McInerney, Jeff Smith, James Thompson, David Thomas , Dexter Seigler and Marcus Pollard.

5 Tips for Negotiating a Raise

By Maurie Backman, The Motley Fool

The average U.S. worker gets a 3% raise each year, but just because pay increases are a common practice doesn't mean you can actually count on getting one.

If you're itching for a raise that's yet to come your way, you do have the option to broach the topic with your manager and see if you can eke out a salary boost. But before you dive into that conversation, here are a few tips for making it more effective.

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Should You (or Should You Not) Be Working Out on an Empty Stomach?

By Alisa Hrustic, Men's Health

As the amount of fitness information available is getting bigger, the chances of being exposed to bad advice are also growing, creating more fitness myths than ever. Yet, one of the most debatable myths that has been out there forever is the myth of working out on an empty stomach.

It has been a prevailing thought for decades that you shouldn’t eat or drink prior to working out, and it seems that only recently the public has started questioning its accuracy.

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The Breakfast Club - Come Workout With Us!



JUL. 10 – AUG. 18: FRISCO, TX 

The Breakfast Club is a free six-week program that utilizes EXOS’ resources to enhance former players’ lives and create long-lasting positive lifestyle habits.

The Breakfast Club aims to give former players the opportunity to work out together and recreate that locker room atmosphere at EXOS and YMCA facilities throughout the country.

The Breakfast Club is open to all former players who have two credited seasons, regardless of how long they’ve been out of the NFL.

As part of the program, all former players receive:

  • Three customized workout sessions per week.
  • Unlimited physical therapy and one-on-one meetings with nutritionists.
  • Pre-workout nutritional shakes and breakfast.
  • SKLZ workout equipment to take home.

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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 
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


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Available to answer player benefits and insurance questions.

800-372-2000 x159

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

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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

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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 
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Off The Field Players' Wives Association
Blast the bass with Bose.
Deck out your tailgate with Fanatics and One Team Shop.
Get suited and booted with
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Pump, curl, and lift with Hammerstrength.
Kick up your feet in a Player Transportation Link vehicle.
Free your mind while indulging in your Robb Report. 
Flash your custom NFLPA ring with Summit Marketing.
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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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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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