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NFL Legends Community Newsletter – March 2015

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The NFL League Office stays in regular contact with its former players, passing along vital information via email each month about benefits and services available to them & their families as well as alerting them to where other members of the NFL Legends Community are currently living and working.

The March 2015 edition of NFL Legends Community Newsletter included a list of 20 player alumni who have gone on to successful careers on and off the field. To view the full edition, click here.

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NFL Names Dr. Elizabeth Nabel First Chief Health And Medical Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth G. Nabel has been named the NFL’s first chief health and medical advisor, it was announced today. In this capacity, Dr. Nabel will be the league’s senior medical expert.

Dr. Nabel will continue to serve as president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and as a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. A cardiologist and distinguished biomedical researcher, she formerly served as Director of the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Nabel brings a unique perspective to health care based on her experience as a physician, research scientist, academic medicine leader, and wellness advocate.

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2014 Health & Safety Annual Report

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NFL Update—September 3, 2014



The American Red Cross, Napa Valley Unified School District, and Napa Valley Education Foundation received $50,000 from the Oakland Raiders to assist in efforts to recover from the recent earthquake in the region. The Raiders just completed their 19th training camp in Napa. Pro Football Hall of Famer and Raider Legend Willie Brown presented the funds.

“All of us at the Raiders express our deepest concern for those affected by Sunday’s earthquake,” said the Raiders in a statement.. “Napa has been our summer home for almost two decades and during that time, we have fostered true friendships and relationships in the city.”

“We are so appreciative of the Raiders for their support of our work to help the Napa community recover from this major earthquake and their longstanding partnership and presence in Napa County,” said Tim Miller, Regional CEO, American Red Cross California Northwest Region.

While in the Napa Valley, the Raiders are deeply involved in community outreach. Current and former players, including Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Brown, annually visit veterans at the nearby Veteran’s Home-Yountville. Recently, the team invited local football teams to watch summer practice and participate in a chalk talk in celebration of USA Football Month, where they heard from Raiders alumni and current stars MAURICE JONES-DREW and CHARLES WOODSON.

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NFL, USA FOOTBALL, Fuel Up to Play 60, and National Recreation and Park Association to Bring NFL FLAG Program to 500,000 Students in Schools and Recreation Centers Nationwide

NFL, USA FOOTBALL, Fuel Up to Play 60, and National Recreation and Park Association to Bring NFL FLAG Program to 500,000 Students in Schools and Recreation Centers Nationwide 

The NFL will provide NFL FLAG Essentials Kits to more than 500,000 children in elementary schools and after-school programs nationwide this year, enabling kids in communities to “Play 60.”

The announcement was made today by NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL at an event in Renton, WA. The new program will be implemented in partnership with the GENYOUth Foundation, the Fuel Up to Play 60 in-school program and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).  The kits are being funded through the NFL Foundation’s $45 million commitment to USA Football for programming including Heads Up Football, NFL FLAG, and NFL Punt, Pass & Kick.

The goal of the partnership is to give children the opportunity to “Play 60” while introducing them to the fast-paced fun of NFL FLAG. In its first year, the program will focus on schools in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Seattle through the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, which reaches 73,000 schools nationwide, empowering students to take action to improve nutrition and physical activity.

The free kits will also go to children participating in NRPA after-school programs in NFL markets including Atlanta, Arizona, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, San Diego, Seattle, and Tampa Bay. One park and recreation agency in each of these areas will also win a $7,500 NFL PLAY 60 grant from NFL Network.  Over the course of three years, the NFL/NFL Network/NRPA initiative will work to expand nationwide.

NFL FLAG, powered by USA Football, provides children of all ages with the opportunity to be active and learn the basics of football in a fun environment. More than 230,000 boys and girls ages 5-17 were part of NFL FLAG powered by USA Football last year. With the added reach from Fuel Up to Play 60 and the NRPA’s programming, more than 500,000 children will be able to participate in the coming year. Each of the 1,800 NFL FLAG kits distributed through the partnership includes 50 flag belts, 10 footballs and supplemental materials. SHAPE America developed new in-school curriculum to accompany the kits.  Fuel Up to Play 60 schools nationwide will be eligible to receive the kits.

The program’s first year will culminate with the NFL FLAG national championships at Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona, with the championship games being played at NFL Experience for the first time.

“We want to be sure all kids have the chance to ‘Play 60,’” said Commissioner Goodell. “We know many children have their first experience playing football in flag, and we are proud to support an initiative that will help kids be physically active.”

“Research shows that physical activity, paired with good nutrition, can help improve students’ academic achievement,” said ALEXIS GLICK, CEO of GENYOUth Foundation. “This ‘learning connection’ is key to GENYOUth, Fuel Up to Play 60 and the NFL’s continued commitment to generating actionable solutions to get kids eating better and moving more in, and outside, of school. The NFL FLAG partnership is a huge step forward in our efforts to support schools with the resources they need to help students succeed, and we are proud to be part of this announcement and in supporting the program.”

“In community parks and recreation there is a real commitment to inspiring healthy and active lifestyles especially among children,” said BARBARA TULIPANE, president and CEO of NRPA. “We are excited about the NFL FLAG program because it aligns with this commitment and is a fun way to get kids active.”

The event in Renton today included a flag football clinic for local children, a Q&A with parents and Commissioner Goodell. Former players including MARK BRUENER, WALTER JONES and AENEAS WILLIAMS took part in flag drills, ‘football mom’ CHRIS GOLIC spoke with parents about her experiences as a sports mom, and Seahawks team physician and USA Football Medical Advisory Committee Chairman DR. STANLEY HERRING addressed the importance of physical activity as well as sports safety.

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NFL Update—August 6, 2014


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‘Heads Up Across America’ Premieres Monday, July 28 on NFL Network

Five-Part Series Featured on ‘NFL Total Access’, ‘NFL AM’, ‘Inside Training Camp’ & Monday, July 28 – Friday, August 1

Examines Five Heads Up Football Locations Spanning All Levels of the Sport in Arlington (TX), Philadelphia (PA), Glendale (AZ), Norman (OK) & Canton (OH)

Leading up to the start of the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame weekend, NFL Network presents Heads Up Across America, a five-part, multi-city series showcasing the impact and reach of USA Football’s Heads Up Football program.

Premiering Monday, July 28 and airing through Friday, August 2 Heads Up Across America features NFL Network’s Melissa Stark interacting with players and parents, taking part in demonstrations, and interviewing special guests at various Heads Up Football locations and events. Each edition of Heads Up Across America features stories from players of all age ranges, including youth, high school, and college athletes, as well as Hall of Famers.

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NFL Update—July 9, 2014

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NFL Update—July 2, 2014


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Update on NFL Concussion Litigation


The National Football League and counsel for the retired player plaintiffs announced today a revised settlement agreement in the NFL concussion litigation pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In the revised agreement the NFL’s obligations under the monetary award fund will not be capped at any specified amount. This means that once the compensation program is established funds will be available to any retired player who develops a qualifying neurocognitive condition.

The revised settlement agreement is the result of several months of intensive work under the supervision of presiding Judge Anita B. Brody and the Court’s special master, Perry Golkin. The parties are grateful to Judge Brody and Special Master Golkin for their guidance in helping to reach the agreement submitted for preliminary approval today.

Consistent with the settlement announced last year, the revised agreement provides a wide range of benefits to retired NFL players and their families, including a separate fund to offer all eligible retirees a comprehensive medical exam and follow-up benefits, and an injury compensation fund for retirees who have suffered cognitive impairment, including dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or ALS.  Where the retiree is deceased or unable to pursue his claim, a family member may do so on his behalf.   While actuarial estimates from both parties supported the $765 million settlement that was announced in August, this new agreement will ensure funds are available to any eligible retired player who develops a compensable injury.

“This agreement will give retired players and their families immediate help if they suffer from a qualifying neurocognitive illness, and provide peace of mind to those who fear they may develop a condition in the future,” said co-lead plaintiffs’ counsel Christopher Seeger and Sol Weiss. “This settlement guarantees that these benefits will be there if needed, and does so without years of litigation that may have left many retired players without any recourse.”

“Today’s agreement reaffirms the NFL’s commitment to provide help to those retired players and their families who are in need, and to do so without the delay, expense and emotional cost associated with protracted litigation. We are eager to move forward with the process of court approval and implementation of the settlement,” said NFL Senior Vice President Anastasia Danias.

The agreement also provides that the NFL will set aside $10 million for education on concussion prevention, as well as pay the costs of providing notice to the class and for administration of the settlement. If the Court grants preliminary approval, retired players will be formally notified of the settlement, with a final approval hearing likely to occur later this year.