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Former NFL Player Crowned Champion at WWE 'Hell In A Cell'

AJ Styles vs. Tye Dillinger vs. Baron Corbin - US Title Triple Threat Match: WWE Hell in a Cell 2017
Baron Corbin is the new WWE United States Champion, capturing his first title in WWE at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view.

By Sean Ross Sapp, Fightful

The former NFL player in Corbin won the title in a triple threat match, as Tye Dillinger had been added to the match earlier in the evening by Smackdown General Manager Daniel Bryan. The champion going into the match, AJ Styles, ended up not factoring into the decision of the match.

AJ and Tye counter each other's finishers before AJ locks in the Calf Killer, Corbin breaking it up by dragging Tye out of the ring. AJ hits a diving forearm to the outside before Corbin sends him into the ring post, then Corbin hits a Deep Six to Tye and chokebreaker to AJ for a near fall. Everyone hits a move before Tye falls on top of Corbin for a near fall, then AJ hits a springboard 450 splash for a near fall. AJ then hits the Phenomenal Forearm before Corbin kicks him out of the ring and pins Tye for the win.

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Defying The Odds: From NFL Player To Entrepreneur

By Chris Gronkowski, Forbes

I went to college never expecting to make it to the NFL. It was a miracle when I received a late, full scholarship offer to college to replace players with low high school GPAs and test scores. After my junior year, I was told I was on the radar for a few NFL teams. But when draft day came, I was not drafted.

I signed a rookie free agent minimum contract with the Dallas Cowboys. My signing bonus was a whopping $12,000. I was on a short leash and had to prove quickly that I was worth keeping around. After watching my three other brothers get drafted, I had all the motivation in the world to make the team. No undrafted free agent rookie had made the Dallas Cowboys roster in 10 years. But that year, I was on the roster on opening day. I ended up starting as a fullback for three different teams over the next four years.


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Former Chicago Bears Player Talks About His New Charity

Former Chicago Bears player Israel Idonije talks about his new charity iF Code supporting the youth and training them on core developmental skills.
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The Next Generation of You: Jim Thrower

By Jim Gehman, Professional Athletes Foundation

Thirty years ago, Jim Thrower looked to become an entrepreneur in Detroit, the city where he and his family had made their home and the city where he spent the final two years of his five-year NFL career.

He also looked at what was happening to the city’s automotive industry and how it was being handled. “They were us against the economy of the country and it was changing.” Thrower said. “Lee Iacocca was making great strides and changes (as chairman) for the Chrysler Corporation. And being a former player for the Lions as well as the (Philadelphia) Eagles, I saw the Ford family (who own the Lions) making decisions as to how they would turnabout their part of the automobile industry. It was interesting.

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The NFLPA Houston Chapter recently gathered together to clean up a local neighborhood. (Pictured left to rightJoe Wesley, John Gray of Show Book of John Gray and Ryan Yarborough). 
The NFLPA Mississippi Chapter lends a hand at a local clothing and food drive to benefit hurricane victims. (Pictured left to right: Larry Hardy, Eddie Peyton, and Vernon Perry).
 If your chapter is going out in the community to help others, we want to acknowledge you too. Please send photos and descriptions to 

Forget Budgeting: Here Is A Smarter, Easier Way To Control Your Spending

By Andrew Sivertsen, Forbes

Let’s face it: budgeting is a real pain. That’s why Andrew Sivertsen, a partner and senior financial planner in the Quad Cities office of The Planning Center, advocates another way to control your money. A much easier way. His prescription:  

Just saying the word “budget” is enough to cause your gut to wrench and make you feel guilty.  Many academics and journalists have told us that a budget is the cornerstone of financial success.  Yet according to a recent Gallup poll, two thirds of Americans don’t have a budget, and I would guess that the one third that do aren’t all that excited about the process.

On top of being boring and time intensive, budgets remind us that our money is finite. They punish us for making purchases that seemed exciting at the time, but later turned out to conflict with our financial goals. What’s worse is that many affluent individuals earn so much income that they think budgeting is only for college students or newlyweds. The fact is that the benefits of budgeting are actually greater for individuals at their income level.

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Expertly Demonstrates How to Pull Off a Gray Beard

By CBS New York

Subscribe Going gray happens to almost every guy out there—and that includes Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. But with his beard, he proves you can do so with dignity.

Subscribe Going gray happens to almost every guy out there—and that includes Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. But with his beard, he proves you can do so with dignity. Over the summer Johnson discussed his new facial hair in an Instagram post and gave a little insight to his followers. “Yeah, I know you very well,” he said. “Right now, you’re looking, you're like, ‘Damn, DJ, look at that beard, okay.’ It’s for Skyscraper, I’m growing this out.” And it doesn't look like he's completely shaved it off since then.

Even facial hair experts think he's pulling it off. "The main thing The Rock is doing right is maintaining his beard and keeping it trimmed while still keeping it natural in color and shape," says barber Kirk Riley, co-founder of Otis & Finn in New York. "The combination of natural color and shaping suits him much better than if he had the beard lined up." ADVERTISING

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Captain's Event: Dallas, TX

Join Demetric Evans, Bradie James & The Trust in Dallas, TX at an exclusive event for former NFL players.


October 19, 2017 
7:00 PM - 10:30 PM 
Dallas, TX



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
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Professional Athletes Foundation

Gene Upshaw Players Assistance Trust (PAT)
Helping players in need.

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Tyrone Allen
Caryl Banks
Leslie Isler


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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

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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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