Inside this week's FPN



NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith Talks Player Discipline, Protests And Roger Goodell

By Domonique Foxworth
DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, and I have known each other since 2008.
During my time as a player, he and I worked together for several years. And we had countless conversations — most were pleasant, some were contentious — but never a conversation like Thursday’s interview.
We discussed Ezekiel Elliott and player discipline and protests during the national anthem, and he said things about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that I didn’t expect.
This morning I read reports that researchers can now identify CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in the brains of living people. What does this mean for the game and players?
I think the first thing is to just admit and embrace what we have for a number of years, that traumatic brain injury and the long-term impact on cognitive ability is something that is tied to football. And the longer the league denied that, the longer it took for everyone to not only adopt changes in work rules but to commit themselves to the science to try to prevent it and to try to treat it.
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Greg Anderson: Coaching For Culture

Outside the US, Greg Anderson has found impacting opportunities with America Football
Greg Anderson has a storied professional career playing for the USFL and NFL. He was at the top of his game, when, playing for the Cleveland Browns, a tragic neck injury cut short his playing career.
Although his neck took him out of the game, his mind kept him in and soon found himself with management positions as a Director of Player Personnel and Assistant General Manager with start-up professional leagues. Despite successful runs in those positions, when the leagues folded, Greg found himself with little options.
At that time, well before the Rooney Rule, there were few coaching or management opportunities for ex-NFL African-American players at the pro or college level. So, when Greg learned about American Football leagues in Europe, he decided to give it a shot. Soon after posting his resume on a European recruiting site, he found himself landing in Northern Finland with his first of many head coaching gigs.
It wasn't top level football. These were not career players hoping for a path to play pro. Rather a simple group of young men so passionate to play the game that they bought their own equipment and invested their own money so someone like Greg would come to teach them the game they love.
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The NFLPA Mississippi Chapter recently gathered together for their Meet Up to socialize over food and drinks! Stay up to date on events coming to your area by checking out 
 Last week the NFLPA San Diego Chapter had their Meet Up! We're traveling across the country to host events  in different chapter cities, so be sure to check out out to stay up to date on dates and locations. Join us for free food, drinks, and information about important NFLPA resources!


Wednesday, December 6, 2017
6:30 - 9:30 pm | Fleming's

Los Angeles

Friday, December 8, 2017
6 - 9 pm | Hollywood Park Casino


Thursday, December 14, 2017
7 - 10 pm | TopGolf Jacksonville

New York/New Jersey

Thursday, December 14, 2017
7 - 10 pm | Suite 36

Sunday, December 17, 2017
3-7 pm | Westside Men's Shelter & Loafers Bar and Grill


Monday, December 18, 2017
6 - 8:30 pm | Drago's Seafood

New York/New Jersey

Monday, December 4, 2017
7 - 10 pm | TopGolf Edison
RSVP by November 27




Monday, December 4, 2017
5 - 8 pm | T Prime Steak & Seafood at Avalon Golf & Country Club
RSVP by November 27



Monday, December 11, 2017
7 - 10 pm | Lucky Strike Philadelphia



Washington, D.C.

Thursday, December 14, 2017
7 - 10 pm | TopGolf Loudoun
RSVP by December 1



Freelancing. Working Full-Time. Building A Business. Which One Is Right For Me?

By Shelcy V. Joseph

Throughout your career, you might find yourself pondering these questions:

1.What do I want to do with my life?
2.How do I align my passions with my career?
3.What kind of work style is right for me?

On one hand, you might like to work for a great company, but on the other, you have thoughts of starting your own business someday. The stability of a paycheck may be a pull while the freedom associated with self-employment may be a push factor.

But, are you organized enough to freelance or patient enough to run a business? Do you like making things happen for other people? How do you decide if you're meant to freelance, work full-time or be an entrepreneur? Each option comes with its fair share of difficulty. The issue then becomes, "Do you have it in you to make it as either one?"

Use these questions to get a sense of which style fits you best.

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No, Mindfulness Is Not A Fad

While it may be tempting to dismiss what some have called “mindfulness culture,” we should not dismiss mindfulness itself.

You can’t open a magazine these days without seeing something about “mindfulness.” The concept has become so ubiquitous, a friend asked me the other day if its popularity was just a fad.

As a social psychologist who has studied mindfulness for nearly four decades, I am certain that it is not. Unlike, say, the hula hoop, mindfulness actually is enlivening, and it can improve our lives greatly in measurable ways.

But I do see a risk in its newfound currency: The idea of mindfulness could become so watered down or misrepresented that we fail to fully appreciate its ability to better our lives — that we become mindless about mindfulness.

Mindfulness is often described as the ability to be in the moment, to be in the present, to be aware. The problem with this is that everyone thinks they are already aware. Some people meditate to become more mindful. Meditation is really just a tool that leads to post-meditative mindfulness. Although it’s a good tool, it’s a tool nonetheless, not the end.

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Congratulations Jordan Thompson!

Congratulations to NFLPA lifetime member Jordan Thompson for answering correctly on “Andre’s tips for being better half’s best friend.” Thanks for playing and enjoy the gift card.

Correct Answers
• Overdose on Reality TV
• Eat fancy cheese on potato chips together
• Do things together that your partner likes

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Working America Open Enrollment Alert!!! December 15th Is Right Around The Corner!!!!
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For Greatness On The Gridiron, NFL Teams Turning To Mindfulness

By Jen Christensen, CNN

As football coaches keep players ready through the season, they work to perfect tackles, improve running games and make sure everyone knows all the plays by heart.

But to be the greatest on the gridiron, some coaches think, it'll take more than brawn.

It sounds more like a yoga studio than a locker room: To play a greater game, some players are turning to mindfulness, a psychological process of being intensely aware of what you are feeling and sensing at every moment, without judging or interpreting those moments and feelings.

"We are in a really interesting time when people in all domains of performance, whether it be artists or athletes, they're pushing up against the ends of physical human potential," said Michael Gervais, author of "Finding Mastery" and a sports psychologist who creates mindfulness and psychological training exercises to help athletes including Olympians and players on the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. "The further these athletes get out on the edge, the more important it is to have a really high command of your mind."

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Financial Aid 101 (Online Workshop)
Whether you or a loved one are headed back to school, this informative online session aims to help you eliminate the confusion that comes with paying for college.

Participants will explore opportunities to gain financial assistance for continuing education beyond The Trust Scholarship. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about ways you can prepare for college payments by getting your finances in order.

This session will also provide insight into filing for financial aid and how to best prepare for it. Presented by AthLife and Financial Finesse this webinar will feature a Q&A session at the end.
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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
Janice Jackson
Meeting 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.
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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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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