Inside this week's FPN

Former Bears Cornerback Charles Tillman Training To Join The FBI

By Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune

Forget unsuspecting NFL wide receivers. The next guy Charles Tillman executes the "Peanut Punch" on might be a fugitive running from the law.

The former Chicago Bears cornerback recently began training to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation, multiple individuals told the Tribune, including a high-ranking law enforcement source who is not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Tillman, 36, retired from the NFL last summer and signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the Bears to do so on July 22, 2016. He played 12 of his 13 seasons for the organization and helped the Panthers to a 15-1 record and appearance in Super Bowl 50 after the 2015 season.

He was renowned for his ability to jar the ball loose from offensive players and forced 44 fumbles during his career, nearly twice as many as the next closest defensive back during his time in the league. Tillman was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and was named the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2013 for his philanthropic efforts. He is considered one of the best cornerbacks in Bears history.

FBI guidelines mandate prospective candidates for hiring as a special agent must be at least 23 years old but younger than 37 at the time of appointment. Tillman turns 37 on Feb. 23.

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Former Player Principal Launches Rooftop Campaign For Hurricane Relief

By Carly Q. Romalino, Courier-Post

A challenge posed to high school students is bittersweet for the Delsea Regional High School's principal. 

Paul Berardelli wants the students, impacted by the harrowing images of hurricane victims in Texas and Florida, to raise as much money as they can for relief efforts. 

At the same time, he's not terribly thrilled with the idea of sleeping on the Franklin Township building's roof if they reach the fundraising goal. 

"I'm not a camper," Berardelli — known as Mr. B — admitted Tuesday. "I guess I have to get myself a tent."

Berardelli's rooftop stunt is meant to inspire and motivate the students to donate their change, the principal explained. 

"We were thinking about something that would be relevant and the kids would rally around. I said, 'forget it, I'll go sleep on the roof,'" said Berardelli, a former NFL player.

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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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Bad Choices Today Make Better Ones Tomorrow

A special message from
PAF Executive Director, Andre Collins

Dear Fellow Former Players & Friends,

Mistakes come with a feeling of guilt and embarrassment; a sense that you didn’t live up to expectations. 

I do a great job not talking about my past mistakes, mainly because I don’t think it makes for good conversation and more importantly, I’m concerned with focusing on the person I want to be.

I analyze everything, so I had to learn not to dwell on my past mistakes. Putting things behind me takes effort. I’ve learned to follow a process that allows me to understand my emotions and take actions to move on.


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The NFLPAJacksonville Chapter participated in the Child Cancer Fund Golf Tournament (Left to right : Dexter Seigler, Orson Mobley, Marcus Pollard, Sean McInerney, Todd Philcox, Jammie Kirlew, Grayson marshall - guest, Kyle Bosworth, Guest, Isaac Smolko, Tom McManus, Josh Scobee, Mark Brunell, Eric Curry).
The NFLPA Knoxville Chapter volunteers at KARM food distribution center to feed the less fortunate. (Pictured: Tim Irwin, Ron McCartney, Tony Johnson, and Bruce Wilkerson). 
 If your chapter is going out in the community to help others, we want to acknowledge you too. Please send photos and descriptions to 

6 Risks Successful People Take Every Day (That Will Advance Your Career)

By Avery Blank, Forbes

If you want to advance, you have to do things that may make you feel uncomfortable. While you may feel it to be risky, it’s not. The real risk is staying where you are. The risk is not getting outside your comfort zone and allowing yourself the opportunity to grow.

Ask yourself, “What is the real risk?” Is it doing something you might think is bold? Or is it doing nothing at all? Read the full story to find the six ways to get outside your comfort zone and move your career forward.

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The Health Benefits of Caffeine

By Lauren Russell Griffin Men's health

By now you'd think scientists could close the book on caffeine and move on to other mysteries, like why anyone would ever order a chai latte. After all, coffee and related beverages have been revving people up since, oh, the 15th century. And in the past 60 years, researchers have conducted more than 21,000 studies on our favorite stimulant. That's an average of one new study a day through all of those decades. (Those nutrition scientists may have gotten into their own stash.)

If we don't know caffeine by now, you may well ask, when will we know it? And do I have time for a fix while I'm waiting?

Make it a venti, and sit down. We'll explain a few things. First off, caffeine is a complex compound. And it's made even more so by America's preferred delivery method, coffee. For instance, caffeine raises blood pressure, but habitual coffee drinkers are half as likely to die of heart failure as those who don't fill their mug daily. And while caffeine spikes blood sugar, a java habit may help you dodge diabetes.

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Millennium Fatherhood and Parenting (Online Workshop)

This interactive online information session will explore what it takes to be a good parent while addressing the challenges parents face in a millennium world. It will also cover the necessary skills and techniques for enabling you to effectively face the challenges of parenthood. The workshop also aims to de-mystify the role of fathers and parents and enable participants to approach parenting with a “can-do” attitude.

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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

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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

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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