Inside this week's FPN

Former NFL Player Looks to Score as a Restaurant Investor

By Jonathan Maze, Nation's Restaurant News

Muhsin Muhammad spent 14 years scoring touchdowns as a wide receiver for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears. Now he’s trying to score big deals as a private-equity investor. 

Muhammad’s Axum Capital Partners has become a player in the restaurant investing world. On Monday, the firm made its second acquisition, of Nashville, Tenn.-based Back Yard Burgers. That followed its 2012 purchase of Wild Wing Café. 

Full Story

Back to top

Follow the Leader: David Akers 

By Beth Ann Pierce, NFLPA Former Player Services

Throughout his 16 years in the NFL, David Akers was a leader on and off the field. A holder of numerous records with the Eagles and 49ers and a five-time Pro Bowler with two Super Bowl appearances, Akers still made time to fight off the field for his and his fellow players’ rights. As a player rep who assisted in negotiating the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in 2011, Akers valued his time as a rep, and how it opened his eyes to what other player advocates had sacrificed for his generation. Akers looked up to his fellow rep James Thrash, whose fearlessness and willingness to ask the hard questions inspired him to do the same. He still remains close with Thrash and his former teammates Matt Stover and Troy Vincent.

Even with all of his accolades, Akers’ career was far from easy.  In just a few short years, Akers fought through three different surgeries, while continuing to play in Pro Bowls. His remarkable career came to an end in 2013 after a single season with the Detroit Lions.

Full Story

Back to top

Five Former Players Join Nassau County Athletics Hall of Fame 

By Tony Bellissimo, LI Herald

The Nassau County High School Athletics Hall of Fame, soon to be located at the new Nassau Coliseum, recently announced its third class of inductees, led by Olympic gold medalist hurdler Derrick Adkins and the following former NFL players: Scottie Graham (pictured above), Stephen Boyd, Warren Koegel, Don McCauley and Don McPherson. This year’s class is composed of 31 inductees, including 13 athletes and 10 coaches. An induction ceremony will be held Sept. 27 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. Here’s a breakdown of the athletes and coaches of the 2017 class. 

Full Story

Back to top


Run Your Own Race

A special message from
PAF Executive Director, Andre Collins

Dear Fellow Former Players & Friends,

I’m constantly measuring where I am. Am I doing enough at work? Am I giving enough at home? Endlessly taking inventory on how I feel. Is my money good? Is my relationship where I want it to be? Daydreams of chasing riches full speed ahead, thinking If I’m lucky I will hit the lottery. Is money able to fix all the poor decisions people make over a lifetime? My mind is playing tricks on me!

Click to read Andre’s full message

Back to top

The NFLPA Washington DC Chapter getting together for food, drinks, and a view! 
Seated: Lonnie Sanders, Otis Smith, Mark Washington, Al Chesley, Calvin Snowden, Lonnie Perrin; Standing: Rocky Mcintosh., Larry Stevens, Kevin Dorsey, Thomas Randolph, Ed Simmons, Clarence Vaughn, Raglieh Mckinsy, Marcus Mickel, Ricky Ray, Ken Jenkins, Brandon Frye, Dondre Owens, Virgil Seay, Doug Nettles, Kevin Youngblood, Phil Bryant, Ed Lee, Kurt Pierce, Rob Robertson, Mike Early, John Booty Reggie Evans, Spain Musgrove, Ted Vactor
The NFLPA Atlanta Chapter turns out for a recent meeting. Sitting: Joe Harris, Ovie Mughelli, Tim Broady, Mose White, Steve Wallace, Robert LaVette, Dewey McClain; Standing: Herb Christopher, Guest, George Nock, Bobby Howard, Walt Harris, Tyrone Poole, Matt Storm, William Andrews, Chuck Wiley, Ken Johnson, Dannt Buggs, Henery Hipps, Alphonso Carreker, Edgar Fields, Sol Brannan, Ken Parker, William Judson, Sam Simmons

Retirement Checkup

Produced by Forbes

Building a retirement portfolio is a lifelong practice.

For some, the requisite good habits come easily. For most, that discipline is a challenge. And nearly everyone can stand to upgrade their strategies. 21% of American workers are very confident they will have enough money to live comfortably throughout their retirement. 74%however, report they are highly anxious about their retirement outlook

So where do you stand?

Off track? 
Keeping pace? 
Exceeding goals?

In this special feature, certified financial planners help you evaluate your situation and offer tailored tips for improvement.


Full article

Back to the top
Your Post-Workout Drink Isn’t Helping You Build As Much Muscle As You Think

By Christa Sgobba, Men's Health

Your post-workout recovery drink might be selling your muscles short: Taking branched-chain amino acids by themselves likely isn’t enough to maximally stimulate your muscle-building response, new research out of University of Stirling in the U.K suggests.

In the study, 10 young men with experience lifting completed two separate workouts, each containing both the leg press and leg extension. Immediately after one session, they drank a branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) beverage with 2.6 grams (g) leucine, 1.4 g isoleucine, and 1.6 g valine. After the other session, they drank a placebo beverage that contained no branch-chain amino acids.

Full Story

Back to the top


Player Spotlight: Paul Dombroski

Paul Dombroski is a former NFL DB who played six seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers between 1980-85. His unique story after the game involves a battle with breast cancer, a career as a hairstylist, and a passion for helping others.

Full Story

Back to the top
Check out the new Trust website!

Click the image below.

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.
Duration: 3:58

Back to the top
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

NFLPA National Office

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.

Back to the top
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
Blast the bass with Bose.
Deck out your tailgate with Fanatics and One Team Shop.
Get suited and booted with
Ike Behar.
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.
Hunt and fish with
Union Sportsmen's Alliance.
Get your gym on with
24 Hour Fitness.
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 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

Back to the top
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. 

Social Networks

Don't forget to visit the for updates and information about all players. One Team!
Copyright © 2015 NFLPA, All rights reserved.

Contact Us

1133 20th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Garrett Wooddell
Assistant, Former Player Services

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Back to the top