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NFL Retired Player Benefits and Programs

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NFL Names Patrick Kerney Vice President of Player Benefits and NFL Legends Operations

Former NFL player PATRICK KERNEY has been named NFL Vice President of Player Benefits and NFL Legends Operations, the National Football League announced today.

Kerney is a Pro Bowl defensive end for both the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks with a career spanning 11 years.  He was drafted by the Falcons as a first-round pick in 1999 and later signed with the Seahawks in 2007.

Kerney retired in 2010 and earned his MBA in Finance from Columbia University in 2012.  He then founded his own consulting firm focused on providing financial advice to current and former NFL players.

In his role with NFL Player Engagement, Kerney will oversee Player Benefits and the operations of the Legends Program, which launched July 2013 to connect former NFL players with each other, their former teams and the NFL.  He will assist current and former players in leveraging their NFL playing experience into long-term opportunities.

“Patrick’s passion, knowledge and experience serve as a strategic addition to our team as we further strengthen our commitment to preserving our game, protecting our brand and developing our future,” says TROY VINCENT, NFL senior vice president of Player Engagement. “Patrick is an example of how NFL players can successfully transition from the game to the workplace as he brings his on-field leadership and advanced studies to serve our Legends community.”

“I am excited about the challenge to add value to the NFL and, in particular, Player Engagement.  Player Engagement is aligned with my professional goals, which made the decision to join the team an easy one,” says Kerney.  “I look forward to pursuing new and creative ways to help aspiring, current and former players leverage football and their NFL careers into long-term positive experiences in all facets of their lives.”

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NFL Health and Safety Update—February 6, 2013

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NFL and IFA Launch Franchising Boot Camp at Ross School of Business at Univ. of Michigan

Carolina Panthers Owner Jerry Richardson Featured as Keynote Speaker

Program to Host Current & Former Players and Spouses April 26-29

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10—The National Football League (NFL) and the International Franchise Association (IFA) today announced a partnership to design the first-ever NFL Franchising Boot Camp, an intensive program for 20 current and former NFL players and their spouses who are interested in learning about the franchising industry.

The NFL Franchising Boot Camp will take place April 26-29, 2013, at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, which was named for Miami Dolphins Owner STEPHEN M. ROSS. Over the four days, participants will hear firsthand from franchisees, franchisors, professors, former players and executives at the IFA on all aspects of franchising. Carolina Panthers Owner JERRY RICHARDSON, who spent more than three decades as a restaurant franchisee, will open the program as the keynote speaker.

“As both a former player and one who is still active in the food industry, I am excited and honored to address these players,” said Richardson, a Baltimore Colts receiver (1959-60) who became a Hardee’s franchisee in 1961.  Richardson grew his business to more than 600 Hardee’s restaurants and 200 Quincy Steak Houses before selling the business and becoming president and CEO for the new ownership, where he managed more than 2,500 restaurants and 100,000 employees.  “There are many parallels to success in business and football and the opportunity to provide whatever insight I may have to this select group is appreciated.”

”As we continue to educate in post-playing experience career opportunities, we are excited to work with IFA and the Ross School of Business to offer the most comprehensive franchising education to our players,” said NFL Vice President of Player Engagement TROY VINCENT. “This program builds upon the successes of our prior initiatives in educating and providing hands-on experience to players in a wide variety of disciplines and has the added benefit of inviting players’ spouses.”

“We are thrilled to partner with the NFL to design a program that educates current and former players and their spouses and creates a path to business ownership for them in franchising,” said IFA President & CEO STEVE CALDEIRA. “Franchising is a proven, structured and very scalable business model that can result in a predictable return on your initial investment. Despite the recent economic downturn, growth in the franchise sector has continued to outpace growth in other businesses due to the strength of the franchise business model.”

The NFL Franchising Boot Camp is the latest NFL Player Engagement initiative offered to assist players in preparing for their post-playing careers.  Earlier this year, the NFL added the new Pro Hollywood and Business of Music Boot Camps.
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2012 NFL Rookie Symposium Kicks Off Sunday Stressing History, Experience, Expectations & Responsibility




The NFL kicks off its 15th Rookie Symposium on Sunday (June 24), emphasizing the sport’s legacy, tradition of character and leadership, as well as social and professional responsibility. The four-day orientation will be held at the Bertram Hotel in Aurora, Ohio and for the first time will feature speakers and a history session at the nearby Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

Led by NFL Vice President of Player Engagement TROY VINCENT, the symposium will also introduce a new format to facilitate more effective learning by separating the rookies into smaller groups divided by conference.

“We have reduced the number of draftees simultaneously attending the symposium to create the most favorable learning environment,” said Vincent, a five-time Pro Bowler and former NFL Players Association president. “Each rookie should leave the symposium with the knowledge and history of where our game began, where it is today, and challenged to make a positive personal impact on the future of our game. The NFL and its clubs are committed to providing players with the best resources to succeed both on and off the field.”

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Sixth annual “NFL Broadcast Boot Camp” kicks off June 18

Top NFL Producers & Talent to Instruct Players: CBS’ James Brown to Serve as Host Joined By Ron Jaworski, Curt Menefee, Kenny Albert & Dick Vermeil

First-Time “Advanced” Curriculum Offered to 3 Former Boot Campers

Players can earn guest hosting opportunity on SiriusXM NFL Radio & NFL TV and radio partners in U.K.

Twenty three current and former NFL players, including CHAD BROWN, TROY BROWN, NATE BURLESON, KRIS JENKINS and JARRETT PAYTON, will take part in the sixth annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, it was announced today.

The program, which runs from June 18-21, is directed by the NFL Player Engagement and NFL Broadcasting departments and covers a wide range of topics with instructors from each of the NFL’s broadcast partners – CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, NFL Network, SiriusXM, Dial Global Radio, plus local radio and TV.  It will include hands-on work in areas such as tape study, editing, show preparation, radio production, control room operation, studio preparation, production meetings, field reporting and game preparation.  Each player will tape segments as a studio and game analyst and take part in a networking session with television executives.  Each player also will serve as a live guest host on SiriusXM NFL Radio alongside hosts Rich Gannon, Adam Schein, Tim Ryan, Pat Kirwan and Ross Tucker.

New this year, three veteran Broadcast Boot Campers – ADAM ARCHULETA (Class of 2010), JOHN FINA (2011) and MICHEAL YOUNG (2010) – will participate in “Boot Camp Advanced” featuring one-on-one training with faculty members offering extensive training in speech and vocal techniques, getting the most out of production meetings, and studio and play-by-play analysis.

Also for the first time, the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp Class of 2012 will have the opportunity to earn a guest hosting spot on SiriusXM NFL Radio and one of the league’s United Kingdom broadcasting partners during the 2012 season. Last season former NFL players ROCKY BOIMAN and NICK FERGUSON were selected to serve as studio analysts for an NFL regular-season Sunday on Sky Sports in the U.K. Later in the season, Boiman earned additional game assignments including the Playoffs and Super Bowl for Sky TV and BBC Radio.

Of the 105 players who took part in the Broadcast Boot Camp from 2007-2011, 44 have earned broadcasting jobs as a result of their participation in the program.

“We are excited to continue and expand the Broadcast Boot Camp which for many current and former players has been a springboard to successful careers off the field,” said TROY VINCENT, NFL Vice President of Player Engagement.

The NFL Broadcast Boot Camp is one of several NFL Player Engagement programs to assist players in reaching their highest potential on and off-the-field with guidance, support, and resources provided before, during, and after their NFL experiences. NFL Player Engagement works with three core audiences: Prep, Life, and Next.

Enrollment criteria for the Broadcast Boot Camp include NFL playing experience, essays, and demonstrated interest in media.

Click here for the full press release including the list of current and former NFL players enrolled in the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp and the faculty, which has more than 400 years of broadcasting experience.

NFL players to take part in first-ever “NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp” at Universal Studios

Program for current & former players runs April 2-5 in Los Angeles

John Singleton, Robert Townsend & Keenen Ivory Wayans among instructors

Twenty current and former NFL players will take part in the first-ever NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp at Universal Studios in Universal City, California, it was announced today.

The program, which runs from April 2-5, 2012, is being directed by NFL Player Engagement and Film Life Inc., the New York-based film production company, and will cover a wide range of topics in the movie industry.

The four-day boot camp will offer a comprehensive overview of creative disciplines in the film industry including screen writing, directing, producing and film financing. Session leaders will be selected from among top industry executives and filmmakers and include multiple Academy Award-nominated director/producer/ screenwriter JOHN SINGLETON and writer/actor/directors ROBERT TOWNSEND and KEENEN IVORY WAYANS. Participants will have the opportunity to shoot and edit a short film at Universal Studios, the largest working motion picture studio in the world which offers 30 sound stages and 30 backlot movie sets where many legendary films have been shot.

“The NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp builds upon the successes of our prior programs in educating and providing hands-on experience to players in a wide variety of disciplines,” said NFL Vice President of Player Engagement TROY VINCENT.  Vincent leads the NFL’s initiative to develop and provide players with important learning tools and educational experiences that allow them to explore opportunities beyond the football field.
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NFL players to take part in first-ever “Business of Music Boot Camp” at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music

Program for current & former players runs Feb 27-March 1 in New York

Music legend Clive Davis among instructors

Twenty current and former NFL players will take part in the first-ever Business of Music Boot Camp at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in New York, it was announced today.

The program, which runs from February 27-March 1, 2012, is being directed by NFL Player Engagement and the Clive Davis Institute in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and offers professional training for creative entrepreneurs in the music industry.

The four-day boot camp will feature interactive workshops focusing on all aspects of the music industry including production, artist development and management, digital music, publishing, marketing and touring. Participants will gain a better understanding of establishing a career in the music industry and how to develop business plans from their creative ideas.

“We continue to look for ways to help educate players and develop their skills for post-NFL careers,” said NFL Vice President of Player Engagement TROY VINCENT.  “This program builds upon the successes of our Business Management & Entrepreneurial program and Broadcast Boot Camp in catering to players’ interests in new disciplines.”

“NFL players know all about competition which will serve them well as they look into potential careers in the fast-paced music industry,” said CLIVE DAVIS, chief creative officer of Sony BMG. The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU is the first of its kind to provide professional business and artistic training toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree for aspiring creative entrepreneurs in the music industry.

Faculty members at the Business of Music Boot Camp will include:
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CBS: Commissioner Convenes “Historic Meeting” with Retired Players

The NFL Today’s Charley Casserly reported today on the CBS pre-game show that Commissioner Roger Goodell held a “historic meeting” this past week with retired players to discuss the distribution of the $620 million Legacy Fund created by the league’s new collective bargaining agreement.

Casserly reported that Pro Football Hall of Famers Carl Eller (Retired Players Association), Willie Lanier (Hall of Fame Foundation) and Ron Mix (Hall of Fame Foundation) attended the meeting Thursday  with Bruce Laird (Fourth and Goal) and George Martin (NFL Alumni Association). The views of Mike Ditka (Gridiron Greats) were expressed by the commissioner who had met with Ditka one-on-one  earlier in the month on the same issue.

Commissioner Goodell and Jeff Pash, the NFL’s general counsel, will meet next with NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and the union to work toward a final agreement on how to distribute the fund.

The additional dispersal of money to approximately 2,500 players who played in the league before 1993 and who already receive an NFL pension will begin shortly after that agreement is reached.

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Jeff Pash on negotiations: “We have continuously moved toward their position in an effort to reach an agreement”

NFL executive vice president Jeff Pash said in an op-ed piece in today’s Chicago Tribune that the NFL continuously moved toward the players’ union’s position and made a proposal last month that could have been the foundation for a future of prosperity for both players and teams.

“When the NFL Players Association walked away from the bargaining table and abandoned an open and transparent negotiation process, it launched the game into a risky and uncertain legal morass,” Pash wrote.

“Collective bargaining is about give and take,” he continued. “Candidly, there can be heated discussions and maddening fits and starts, and it takes a lot of time and hard work. There is nothing glamorous about it.”

“[The March 11] proposal could be the groundwork for a future of prosperity for the teams and players alike, for improvements in the game and for great competitive play for our fans,” Pash added. “We have been negotiating with the union for nearly two years. Over that period of time, we have continuously moved toward their position in an effort to reach an agreement. Our differences must ultimately be settled by both sides. All a court case can do is delay and confuse the process. This should be settled in the bargaining room, not the courtroom.”

Following is the complete op-ed in today’s Chicago Tribune.
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