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Saints' Next 'Beer Man' Zach Strief Gets Head Start on Second Career

By Mike Triplett, ESPN Staff Writer

Zach Strief isn't exactly the next Michael Lewis -- the former Saints cult hero, who earned that nickname when he went from driving a beer delivery truck to starring as a Pro Bowl kick returner.

But Strief might be the second coming of legendary "Cheers" bartender Sam Malone.

The Saints' veteran right tackle is getting a head start on his second career as part owner of Port Orleans -- a new craft beer pub in uptown New Orleans, where it's not uncommon to find the 6-foot-7, 320-pounder holding court at a center table and mingling with customers.

Strief, a native of Cincinnati, has long planned on making New Orleans his permanent home after his playing days are done. And the 33-year-old said he has been on the lookout for the right project and the right business partners to help make that smooth transition into the future.

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Tackling Life: Scott Turner 

By Beth Ann Pierce, NFLPA Former Player Services

During his nine years in the NFL, Scott Turner played cornerback for the Washington Redskins, San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos. He also served as a player representative for four years before retiring in 2004. We got the chance to catch up with him about his time as a rep, his life post-football and his family. 

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Organization Founded by Former NFL Player Michael Robinson to Open Community Center in Varina

By Debbie Truong, Richmond Times-Dispatch

A nonprofit organization started by a Super Bowl-winning former NFL player is expanding its reach and establishing a community center in Varina.

Excel to Excellence, which was founded by ex-NFL fullback Michael Robinson, will open the center at the former site of the Varina Library. The organization plans to publicly launch a campaign to raise $5 million later this year and open the facility in fall 2018.

The community center will feature programs that revolve around innovation, entrepreneurship and the arts, as well as provide a space for an existing program that is run in Henrico County schools.

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PAF By The Numbers

In 1990, the NFLPA recognized that the transition from football was very challenging for former players. The Professional Athletes Foundation was created to support, strengthen and inspire players as they moved on from their active NFL careers. Today, over 2,500 former players have received assistance through the PAT Grant.
If you are a former NFL player and feel you are facing a need due to unforeseen crisis, take action and download the application today at

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The NFLPA New York/New Jersey Chapter meets at Printers Alley for good food and fun times. (Left to Right) Hurvin McCormack, Noah Burress, Gary Brown, Jude Waddy, Joe Searles, Bobby Sewall, James Chambers, and Scott Lutrus.

How Much Money You Should Have Saved at Different Stages of Your Life

By Kyra Taylor, Life Hack

Would you love to be financially independent? Personally, it means having enough money to do whatever you need to be done without having to worry about the state of your finances because your finance is still great.

Yes, I know saving can be quite difficult. But I’ve found that being too strict with savings can boomerang, you have to give little leeway to enjoy yourself and still save. You don’t have to cut off every enjoyable thing in your life to be able to save. So, my advice? Don’t be too strict on yourself about it, you can have fun while saving enough for the future.

This is achievable, yes, you can do it! Let’s see what you can do to make saving easier.

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A Good Night’s Sleep May Curb Stress-Induced Junk Food Binges

By Adam Bible, Men's Fitness

If your company is one of those hip and cool joints that has a Foosball table in the break room, allows you to customize your cubicle, and loads up the kitchen with all sorts of treats, well, congratulations. But you probably also gained 10lbs when you got hired because of all of the new work stress and easy access to sugary snacks. All of that pressure to perform can also cause you to eat unhealthy fare at dinner—says a new study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology—but simply getting a good night’s sleep may curb junk food binges the next day.

Researchers investigated 235 workers via two studies in China—one on IT employees with high workloads, and another on call-center workers stressed out from dealing with customers—and found that the stressful environments led them to a bad mood, which was then linked to unhealthy eating after work.

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How to Build Your Coaching Resume

Tip Provided by: Athlife

When was the last time you updated your resume? That is a question that anyone applying for a coaching (or any job for that matter) should constantly ask oneself.  For football coaches, updating your resume is something you can be doing at any point while you are coaching or in the off-season. Coaching opportunities can be presented to you at any time so having a resume ready to go for a potential job opening is vital.


What are some of the things you should have on your resume? And what are some of the things that can get your resume tossed out in an applicant search? Here is a quick list of things to consider:

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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. 

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