Inside this week's FPN

Former Linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski's Journey from NFL to CEO

By Christopher John, Sports Illustrated Kids

Isaiah Kacyvenski always wanted to be a football player. Like all boys with big NFL dreams, Kacyvenski believed it was as simple as working hard. In a way it was.

“I knew I lived in a great country where I had opportunities,” Kacyvenski said. “Even then I knew that if I worked hard I would have a shot.”

For Kacyvenski working hard meant overcoming. 

When the former captain of the Seattle Seahawks walked into the banquet room at the Four Seasons in Denver last week, ready to start his day, few knew the path he took to realize his NFL dream. They were there to listen to Kacyvenski speak at the two12 Summit, where mentors give advice to CEOs. The linebacker, who himself became a tech CEO by way of Harvard and the NFL, was excited to talk about what he knows. 

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Five Minutes Well Spent With OU Great Bill Krisher

By Tyler Palmateer, CNHI Sports Oklahoma

A quote scribbled into the dry-erase board inside Oklahoma’s quarterback room reads, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”

OU coach Lincoln Riley has no clue where the phrase came from or what it means. He meets with the Sooner quarterbacks in an upstairs staff room inside the south end zone facility, so he hasn't even seen the inscription.

It can serve as a typing test because in seven words it utilizes every letter in the alphabet. It's a lesson in efficiency, fitting since Sooner quarterback Baker Mayfield broke the FBS single-season pass efficiency rating record last season.

Anyway, the sentence suits Bill Krisher, too.

The 81-year-old former OU lineman who blocked and tackled for two of Bud Wilkinson’s national championship teams made excellent use of five short minutes with reporters Monday, before being inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

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Discounted Penn State Football Tickets

The Penn State Ticket Sales Office on behalf of World Campus would like to extend this special offer to all NFL Former Players to receive access to discounted Penn State Football tickets for upcoming home games. Click the image above to check out game dates and ticket prices!
The promo code for discounted tickets: PSUWORLD17

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Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts 

The NFLPA’s Professional Athletes Foundation (PAF) since 1990 has granted more than $15,000,000 to assist former players in a time of need.
In response to the recent disaster in our player community caused by Hurricane Harvey, we are actively providing emergency financial assistance for more than 150 former players in the greater Houston area. We are meeting our players’ immediate needs with financial assistance, information and other support services. The PAF has a documented history of helping former players through difficult times.
The emotional and physical needs during these times can be stressful. And we want to help whenever possible by providing our players and their families with a clean and safe home environment with as little stress as possible. To date we have granted more than $300,000 assisting former players with relief related to Hurricane Harvey.


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The NFLPA Detroit Chapter gives back to their community at a "back to school" shoe giveaway (Left to right : Maurice Harvey, Tim Walton, Luther Blu, Lomas Brown , Eddie Murray, Scott Conover and Bobby Thompson).
The NFLPA would like to thank the Dallas Fort Worth Chapter and the San Antonio/Austin Chapter for their relief efforts after the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey. If your chapter has participated in relief efforts, we would like to acknowledge you too. Please email to be recognized.

Show Hiring Managers Your Emotional Intelligence by Avoiding These 4 Mistakes

By William Arruda, Forbes

Despite the lightning speed of technology, applying for a job can still be a long, drawn-out process these days. And if it feels like the rules are always changing, that’s because the rules are always changing. As the workforce evolves, so do companies. They’re judging you on more than the job titles on your résumé — they care about things like emotional intelligence and your ability to work with a team.

Your emotional intelligence (EQ) has become a significant factor in personnel decisions like who gets a raise and who gets let go. There are decades of research linking a high degree of emotional intelligence with star performers in almost any area. Among the top talent in a workplace, 90 percent will have a high degree of emotional intelligence. Not surprisingly, signs that you lack emotional intelligence can affect whether or not you get the job.

In addition to weighing emotional intelligence as an indicator of leadership potential among employees, hiring managers also analyze the emotional intelligence of job applicants by asking targeted questions as part of the interview process — and by observing behavior throughout the recruitment process.

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 Why Sitting At Your Desk Could Be Bad For Your Health

By Catherine Scott, Yorkshire Post

A new study has shown that sitting at your desk all day could be doing you harm. Catherine Scott reports. Do you spend a lot of your working day sitting at a desk? Did you know you could be putting your health at risk? It is estimated that most employees spend more than half their day sitting down, but many don’t know it could be causing them harm. A recent study has found that prolonged sitting could lead to serious health problems such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

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How Ben Hartsock Approached Post-NFL Nutrition

Ben Hartsock’s NFL career began in 2004 when he was drafted in the 3rd Round of the NFL Draft to the Indianapolis Colts. After a solid college career at The Ohio State University, that included a championship win in 2002, Hartsock was seemingly ready for whatever a career in the NFL might hold. 10 years later, as he faced retirement, Hartsock knew his best plan was being as prepared as possible. “Even when I was still playing, I noticed some former player struggles were prevalent, and I knew I would be a former player soon … After retirement, reaching out to The Trust was really just the next natural progression for me."

For Hartsock there wasn’t a tangible need that brought him to The Trust in the first place. “It was maybe a year or more {after retirement} before I started to really dig in to the programs that The Trust offers," said Hartsock. "It all stemmed out of a little frustration from seeing and reading about the struggles of former players, and feeling a little bit arrogant about my situation. I was thinking, ‘I’m doing ok, but all these other guys aren’t, what’s the deal?’ And then I realized there’s all these programs that are out there, that former players, and myself, weren’t participating in, so I made a conscious choice to participate. Even if I didn’t feel like I necessarily needed the program, I wanted to participate."


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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
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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
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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.
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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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