NFL players enroll in programs at Harvard and Kellogg business schools

66 Players to Take Part in

NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program

Workshops Run March 19-23 and April 1–5

Current and former starting quarterbacks BYRON LEFTWICH, JOHN BECK, CHARLIE BATCH, BRUCE GRADKOWSKI and BRADY QUINN are among the 66 players who have enrolled in the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program at Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. 

The program is one of NFL Player Engagement’s initiatives to assist players in preparing for their post-playing careers.  Since the program’s inception in 2005, more than 700 players have participated.

“We are excited to continue this program which has been beneficial to so many of our players,” said NFL Vice President of Player Engagement TROY VINCENT, who has attended each of the business management programs.  “Over the years, the Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program has assisted players — myself included — and their families in making smarter business decisions while inspiring others to go back to school for an MBA.”

The schools will offer executive education activities in their respective areas of expertise. Taught by full-time Harvard Business School faculty members, the customized five-day program at HBS (March 19-23) aims to help participants learn to develop a business idea or plan in such areas as investments, real estate, and retailing. 

The Kellogg School program (April 1-5) will focus on entrepreneurship, underscoring the fundamentals of investing and how to create and finance new ventures. Kellogg faculty members will teach classes on topics such as entrepreneurial finance, angel investing, equity versus debt capital, effective negotiating, and marketing in the nanosecond world. 

Players complete an application process in order to attend the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program. Enrollment criteria includes level of education; professional business experience; interest in starting, owning, or managing a business; and leadership and community involvement.

For the complete list of current and former players participating, click here.

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