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Pro Football Hall of Fame 2017 Class: LaDainian Tomlinson, Kurt Warner Headline Inductees

By James Brady, SB Nation

The full Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017 has been announced, and there are a few surprises. The biggest is that former wide receiver Terrell Owens did not make it, and the class has a pair of inductees from the running back position in both LaDainian Tomlinson and Terrell Davis.

Tomlinson highlights the class, which is fully made up of Tomlinson, Davis, defensive end Jason Taylor, quarterback Kurt Warner and kicker Morten Andersen. As a contributor, Dallas Cowboysowner Jerry Jones made it and senior committee nominee and former NFL safety Kenny Easley also made it.

Easley will be the first inducted during the Enshrinement Ceremony on August 5 and it will end with Warner

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'Don't Call Me Bubba': How Former NFL Player Jarvis Green Learned Shrimping From Scratch

By Ron Clements, Omnisport

Almost two years after retiring from the NFL, Jarvis Green found himself back in training camp.

Shrimp training camp.

The former Patriots defensive end was learning the ins and outs of the shrimping business. But even as his now ex-wife and others kidded him by calling him "Bubba" — an allusion to Mykelti Williamson’s Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue character from the 1994 movie "Forrest Gump" — Green said he was more like Forrest than Bubba.

"I always say, ‘Don’t call me Bubba,’” Green recently told Omnisport. "Remember in 'Forrest Gump,' somebody owed somebody a favor and Forrest kept the favor. Same thing with me.

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NFL Players Are Joining Together to Help Fund a 12-Year-Old's Lemonade Company

By Tanner Walters, Sports Illustrated

A group of former and current NFL players, led by former Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, have invested $810,000 in 12-year-old Mikaila? Ulmer's booming lemonade business.

Ulmer started using her great grandmother's flaxseed recipe at a lemonade stand, eventually expanding and founding Me & The Bees Lemonade. The Austin, Texas, native is also doing it for a good cause: A portion of the lemonade profits goes to organizations working to save honey bees.

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Science Says Happier People Have These 9 Things In Common

By Kevin Loria, The Independent

It’s not about money, material items and success, it tends to be about mindfulness, relationships and physical well-being

That’s why the science of happiness has gained more attention in recent years —researchers have started to produce reports on happiness around the globe, and positive psychology, which focuses on what makes individuals and communities thrive, has skyrocketed in popularity.


At this point, we actually know a fair amount about how certain behaviours, attitudes, and choices relate to happiness, though most research on the topic can only find correlations.

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The NFLPA Baltimore and DC Chapters attended a special event alongside former players from the MLB, NHL, and NBA at the famous Camden Yards warehouse. (Left to Right) Andre Collins, Cal Snowden, Jason Murphy, Mark Washington, Colin Cloherty, Kurt Pierce, Kenny Jenkins, Brandon Frye, Stan White, Nolan Harrison, Doug Nettles, Tavon Mason, Bob Grupp, Ricky Ray, and Jean Fugett.
NFLPA Atlanta Chapter President Bobby Howard welcomed legendary coach Sam Wyche to Augusta to promote organ donation. Bobby is the Director of the Multicultural Donation Education Program at LifeLink of Georgia and Coach Wyche received a successful heart transplant in 2016.

Expert Tips On How To Make A Great First Impression In Business

By Forbes Communications Council, Forbes

As much as we don’t like to admit it, first impressions have a major impact on how we react and relate to those around us. Consciously or not, we make judgments about other people’s characters and professionalism based on the first few seconds we spend together.

First impressions are crucial not only because they are formed in as little as seven seconds, but also because they are hard to shake afterwards. If you want the people you meet at networking events -- potential customers, partners and investors -- to see your best side, you will need to act quickly and make sure you start out on the right foot.

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10 Metabolic Moves to Supercharge Weight Loss

By Brittany Smith, Men's Fitness

If your workout includes bouts of tough, heart-rate-revving work interspersed with very little rest it becomes "metabolic." That means you ramp up the amount of calories you burn during the workout and maximize calorie burn after the workout. 

This high-intensity metabolic circuit, created by Jungin Jung, C.S.C.S., from SoHo Strength Lab, is exactly that. To make this routine crazy effective, Jung capitalized on two old-school pieces of equipment: a medicine ball and resistance bands. The first five metabolic exercises are done with a light- to moderate-weight medicine ball and will help you burn fat, maximize your power output, and forge a rock-solid core. The second round of metabolic exercises comprise moves done with light to moderate resistance bands, which will trigger fat loss as well as improve your athletic performance. 

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The Trust Launches The Milestone Wellness Assessment For Former NFL Players

Washington, DC – The Trust (Powered by the NFLPA) announced today the launch of the Milestone Wellness Assessment. This new assessment was designed to round out The Trust’s Medical/Wellness services by providing a comprehensive health assessment administered by a team of highly regarded medical partners to players who are more than 15 years removed from playing in the NFL.

Bahati VanPelt, executive director of The Trust said, “We’ve spent the past three years listening to our former player population. An assessment created specifically for this segment of players became apparent early on. Working closely with our medical providers, we designed the Milestone Wellness Assessment to focus on internal medicine concerns which can arise as males get older.”

The Milestone Wellness Assessment is a set of comprehensive screenings, including but not limited to: hypertension/high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular profile, orthopedic and body composition. As with The Trust’s Brain and Body Assessment, Milestone Wellness Assessments will be administered by the following medical partners of The Trust: Cleveland Clinic, Hoag Neuroscience Institute, Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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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
Kate Bell
Terran Foster
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.

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

NFLPA National Office

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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.
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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
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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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