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Status of the Union: Player Activism

Players discuss the importance of using their platform to be engaged socially active in their communities.

Former NFL Player Shines on "The Voice"

By Jordan Dolbin 

Prime time, bright lights, and a national stage -- for nine-year NFL veteran Esera Tuaolo, this isn't new.

With an NFL tenure that includes seasons with the Carolina PanthersAtlanta FalconsJacksonville JaguarsMinnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers, Tuaolo has experience performing on sport's biggest stages, including an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIII with the Falcons.

Last week, the retired defensive lineman stepped on to a different stage as he sang for his spot on NBC's show The Voice - but, not before sharing his inspiring story:

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Catching Up With Former Morgan State, NFL Running Back George Nock

By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun

George Nock's hands look ordinary. They're not. Ask those who grew up playing basketball with him on Philadelphia playgrounds, NBA stars like Earl Monroe and Fred Carter. Or ask Nock's football teammates at Morgan State, where he carried the ball for four years during the Bears' 31-game win streak in the 1960s.

Better yet, admire the sculptures those hands have shaped, bronze beauties that have sold for as much as $30,000 and made Nock a celebrated artist.

Statues of ballplayers and ballerinias, jockeys and jazz musicians grace his studio on Tannery Row, an artist colony in Buford, Ga. Sports figures are a favorite of Nock, from an elongated likeness of pitcher Satchel Paige to one of linebacker Willie Lanier, Nock's teammate at Morgan and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Oklahoma High Schools Get a Lift From the NFLPA, FCA

By Guerin Emig, Tulsa World

Jean Barrett is a former TU and San Francisco 49ers lineman who is actively involved in the the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Steve Owens is a former OU Heisman Trophy winner and Detroit Lions running back also active in the FCA.

Their home state has a public education system in dire straits.

Allow Barrett to take it from there...

“A few years ago Steve and I met and we were trying to determine what what could do as NFL players to impact the state of Oklahoma. We saw the crisis going on with Oklahoma high school athletic programs and the lack of funds. What if the players in Oklahoma joined forces with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for the purposes of raising money, with half of the money going to the FCA for the spiritual needs of the community and the other half going to the physical needs?

“I sat down and approached John O’Dell, the state director of the FCA. He said, ‘Yeah, let’s give it a try.’”

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2017 PAF Chapter Scholarship Awards

The NFLPA St. Louis Chapter recently gathered together for their 2017 Meet Up at Gamlin Whiskey House. Players of all ages socialized and enjoyed free food and drinks together! 
The NFLPA Denver Chapter recently teamed up with Rebuilding Together Denver and the Aurora Fire Department to install smoke detectors in the homes of residents in need. (Pictured: Gery Palmer, Claudie Minor, Samantha Smith, Rebuilding Together coordinator, and Wade Manning). 

 If your chapter is going out in the community to help others, we want to acknowledge you too. Please send photos and descriptions to 

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7 Grooming Habits You Shouldn't Let Slide Now That Fall Is Here

By CBS New York

Rachel Butler suffered a number of concussions over a five-year span, and though she was treated for them by a doctor, her symptoms never quite went away, CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reported.

“I had really bad headaches. I would sleep so much. I was really irritable all the time,” she said.

Then, her doctor suggested using a smartphone app called SuperBetter. It’s a game that makes the patient the hero in a personal recovery story, battling foes along the way, like dizziness and headaches.

“Instead of, ‘I’m so frustrated, I can’t get rid of this headache,’ it rewrites it to say, ‘Did you battle the headache bad-guy today? And if so, how did you do?’” explained researcher Lise Worthen-Chaudhari, of the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

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How Jason Kyle Found a New Path With Entrepreneurship

After over a decade in the NFL, long snapper Jason Kyle was ready for the next phase of his career. The only question was what that step would be.

“After 16 years, I was happy with my football career and ready for something new. I didn’t have a clear direction when I retired, but over my time playing I found areas of business that interested me.”


Kyle’s journey to discovering his career path post-NFL took him down several different avenues. First he started with real estate development and then a technology startup, but neither provided the fit he was looking for in a job.

“After taking my lumps investing in the 2008 real estate market, I decided to go in to the tech world with a true startup," Kyle said. "Although it was a lot of fun and moved very fast, it had a lot of challenges. I also found myself missing the local and community aspects of growing a business. So, when I phased out of that I wanted something in my backyard, where I could move the needle and see the growth.”

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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
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.

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Executive Director
Tyrone Allen
Caryl Banks
Leslie Isler


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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 
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If you have 2 or more Credited Seasons
Click Here to Email The Trust
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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. 

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