Inside this week's FPN

Texas Native, Ex-Seahawk Jordan Babineaux Creates Fund For Harvey Relief: ‘This is my calling’

By The Dori Monson Show, KIRO

The devastation of Hurricane Harvey feels especially personal for former Seattle Seahawks safety Jordan Babineaux.

Babineaux is a native of Port Arthur, Texas, a city with a population of 55,000 that found itself almost completely underwater following the devastation of Harvey. Babineaux’s mother evacuated by boat, and one of his close childhood friends evacuated by helicopter.

“I mean, talking about it kind of has me shaken up,” Babineaux told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson. “The more I tune into social media and watch news coverage, the more desire I get to hustle up the initiative and efforts to send resources.”

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Former NFL Player Makes Youth Football League Free For Players

By Stephen Spiewak, USA Football

When former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Tim Lester retired in 1999, he devoted much of his time to mentoring at-risk youth, with a focus on preparing teenagers for the SAT.

When Lester had children of his own, he had a bit of an epiphany: He wanted to reach young people at an earlier age—and football would be the vehicle.

That’s when Lester started the Milton Steelers youth football program in 2012, with the help of friend and former teammate and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis.

Over the last five years, the league struggled with dwindling participation, shrinking to roughly 20 players last fall. That’s when Lester realized he needed to make a dramatic change.

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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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The NFLPA Birmingham Chapter socializes and enjoys a great dinner at Outback Steakhouse. ( Front left to right) Antonio Langham, David Palmer, Joe Cribbs, John McGeever, Lamonde Russell, Junior Thomasino. (Second row left to right) Mo Little, Antonio London, Chris Goode, Mark Gunn, Dexter McCleon, Kerry Jenkins, Kelvin Pearson, Travis McNeal, Cedric Donaldson, Royd Williams, Ronald McKinnon, Kevin Drake, Reginald Gipson, George Thornton, Anthony Jones, Mark Robbins. Not in picture but in attendance Chris Gray and Olanda Truitt. 
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.

12 Weekend Habits of Highly Successful People

By Emma Rushton, Lifehack

I’ve read countless articles about what successful people do on their weekends. Do you want to know the secret? It’s the same thing that they do every other day. As Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

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 A Beginner’s Guide to Meal Prep

By Marygrace Taylor, Men's Health

What’s the difference between guys who eat healthy occasionally and guys who eat healthy by default? It’s simple. Those who eat healthy on the regular prep their meals ahead of time.

It’s harder to say no to unhealthy convenience options like frozen mac and cheese dinners when you’re busy and exhausted. So it’s no surprise that crazy work schedules are a top barrier to clean eating among young adults, according to an American Journal of Health Behavior study. And men in particular seem to be at risk for gaining weight from working too much, found one Finnish review.

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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.
Duration: 3:58

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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
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.

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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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Access savings for over 40,000 home and office products from Miller's Office Products.
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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

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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. 

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