Inside this week's FPN

Life After the Whistle: William Henderson

By Beth Ann Pierce, NFLPA Former Player Services

During his 12 years in the NFL, the former Green Bay Packers fullback also served his fellow players as a player rep for four years. His illustrious career with the Packers included a Super Bowl XXXI championship, Pro Bowl appearance in 2005 and First Team All-Pro honors. We caught up with Henderson as he reflects on his time as a rep and shares what his life is like after football.

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9-Year NFL Player And Current-Day CEO Gary Brackett On Leadership And Finding The Right Employee Fit

By Jeff Boss, Forbes

It never ceases to amaze me how important the fundamentals are--for anything. When I transitioned out of the military in 2013, people began to ask me how the skills and experiences gained from special operations transfer over to leadership and team coaching. My response: while different companies define success differently, the means by which they go about succeeding are always the same. It takes leadership, teamwork, communication and decision making for oneself, one's team and one's company.

The NFL is no different. I was lucky enough to speak with Gary Brackett, a nine-year NFL veteran, former player for the Indianapolis Colts, Super Bowl champ and current day CEO of the the Stacked Pickle restaurant franchise on his thoughts regarding the fundamentals of success and what leaders can adopt.

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Importance of Clinical Trials to Brain Health Breakthroughs

Brain health is of tantamount importance to players and former players.   Scientific breakthroughs in brain diseases such as C.T.E., Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia depend on clinical trials to find new treatments and cures. 
The Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation (GAP) is working to speed up clinical trials and get therapies and medications to those suffering from or at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. To connect those interested in brain health and research, GAP recently launched a website –  The website connects research volunteers to local research sites and studies, including studies that evaluate the impact of exercise and nutrition on brain health. GAP has a network of more than 59 sites across the US, including research centers affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Emory University, Cleveland Clinic and University of Southern California.  These sites are currently conducting more than 50% of all Alzheimer’s research in the U.S.  For more information on how you can get involved and learn about clinical research in your community, visit
This information has been copied and communicated to you on behalf of the Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation for educational purposes ONLY. The information and clinical trials referenced above have not been sponsored or endorsed by the NFLPA. No association of this material or GAP with the NFLPA is expressed or implied. The NFLPA is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for or any reliance on any information contained within the GAP site.

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Lee Hecht Harrison Career Transition Services Program

The NFLPA Former Player Services Department is proud to announce the Career Transition Services Program, a partnership with career transition experts Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH) for our players that ended their careers with less than two years in the NFL. This program is only available for non-Trust eligible former players. Anyone interested, with 2+ credited NFL seasons, please contact The Trust. LHH is the NFLPA’s partner for working with our players so they can work to become job ready and compete in the job market.

Starting September 4th, the FPSD will be having an OPEN ENROLLMENT for all former players interested in participating in the Career Transition Services Program.


Registration begins on September 4th and all forms needed to be completed by September 29. Eligible members were notified on September 29. The program will begin on October 2nd and conclude on November 1st.

About the Program

Lee Hecht Harrison is here to help you achieve your career goals and land the perfect job. Working with LHH you’ll have a serious competitive advantage with access to certified career coaches, information and technology that will make your career move smooth and successful. Get job search ready. Speed and skill are vital in today’s job search so quickly enhance your brand, increase your visibility, and uncover the strongest leads. Using LHH you’ll develop the skill and confidence you need to achieve your career goals. Visit LHH on the web at for more information.

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PAF Charitable Grants

Many former players have their own foundations that engage local youth in an educational manner. Through local events and youth mentorship, you can grow both personally and professionally. You can find the 2017 Charitable Grant Guidelines by clicking the link below.

PAF Charitable Grant Info

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Detroit Chapter President Tim Walton (left) and  Detroit Chapter member Luther Bradley (right) team up with Microsoft for the 5th Annual Back to School Rally at Somerset Mall to donate over 6,000 notebooks, 4,000 folders, 800 packs of paper, and 1,500 packs of pens and pencils, crayons, markers, binders, and rulers. 
The NFLPA Atlanta Chapter gets together to share stories, network, and socialize. (Front row left to right)  Robert LaVette, Joe Stewart, Fred Banks, Sol Brannan, Ken Parker (Second row left to right)  Eddie Drummond, Andrew Bolton, Wymon Henderson, Lucius Sanford, Joe Harris, Guest Lenny Lomax, Bobby Howard (Third row left to right) Danny Buggs, Willie Blackwell, Johnny Johnson, Orantes Grant, Wille Whitehead, Walt Harris (Fourth row left to right) Michael Harris, Tim Birney, Edmond Kugbila, Matt Storm.

3 Ways To Drive For Results And Still Be Likable

By Joseph Folkman, Forbes

Most bosses want to be a hero, a mentor, and a friend to those that report to them. A recent Bloomberg article told a story of one boss, Richard Laermer, who decided to let his employees regularly work from home.

“"We hire adults, they shouldn't be tied to the office five days a week," said Laermer, who owns a New York-based public relations firm. "I always assumed that you can get your work done anywhere, as long as you actually get it done.” Unfortunately, for his company and situation, he was wrong. “Employees took advantage of the perk,” Laermer said. One was unavailable for hours at a time. Another wouldn't communicate with coworkers all day. “The last straw,” he said, “was when someone refused to come in for a meeting because she had plans to go to the Hamptons.”” Laermer wanted to find a way to keep his employees motivated and happy. Frequently, many find that efforts like this don’t work.

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 When Your Metabolism Slows Down, The Pounds Add Up. Some Solutions

By Washington Post

Many people call a truce with the battle of the bulge at a certain age, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. When you’re older than 60, being a little overweight may be beneficial because being underweight increases the risk of malnutrition, osteoporosis and falls.

But you don’t want to be carrying too much excess weight. “If you’re very overweight or obese, you’re more likely to develop chronic diseases earlier in life,” says Steven Heymsfield, a researcher at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. And obesity makes it more difficult for older people to do daily activities.

Weight gain with age is common. “Your metabolism gradually slows down,” Heymsfield says. Sarcopenia, a decrease in muscle tissue that occurs with age, is a likely cause — but not the only one.

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Financial Services: Financial Finesse
Financial Finesse is The Trust’s partner to deliver former NFL players world-class financial guidance. The firm is completely unbiased and free of conflicts of interest that plague the financial services industry – meaning the company does not manage assets or sell any financial securities or investments. Instead, all its revenue comes from the sale of financial education programs to organizations. 


  • Get a second opinion to avoid investment scams that frequently target pro athletes
  • Protect yourself and your family from Identity Theft – the fastest growing crime in the US
  • Plan your successful financial transition to a post-football career
  • Build a strong budget and strategies for how to stick to it
  • Guidance on the best ways to pay down debt and boost your credit score
  • Coordinate your benefits from the NFLPA & second career to achieve financial security
  • Fix financial problems before they reach a crisis level such as foreclosure or bankruptcy
  • Assemble the financial structure to start your own business
  • Determine the best ways to put your kids through college
  • Serve as a trusted resource to help you navigate the unexpected financial issues you face throughout your life
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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.

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
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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
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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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