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NFL Retired Player News – April 2014

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 player alumni community are currently living and working.

The April 2014 edition of NFL Retired Player News included a list of 20 player alumni who have gone on to successful careers on and off the field.

To read the full text of the NFL’s recent letter to former players, please click here

PLAYERS CURRENT CAREER POSITION (LOCATION)
G Ed Blaine Professor of Medical Pharmacology & Physiology, Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, University of Missouri (MO)
RB James Bostic Police Officer, Coral Springs Police Department (FL)
QB Bubby Brister Director-Corporate Services, Warrior Energy Services (LA)
RB Steve Broussard Assistant Coach, Southern Methodist University (TX)
LB Vincent Brown Assistant Coach, University of Connecticut (CT)
QB Randall Cunningham Founder/Pastor, Remnant Ministries (NV)
CB Brian Davis Owner/Elite Fitness Trainer, The Training Room (AZ)
TE Chip Glass Assistant Coach, Lake Washington High School (WA)
WR Jacquez Green Wide Receivers Coach/Head Boys Track Coach, Valdosta High School (GA)
QB David Greene Client Executive, Seacrest Partners (GA)
DT Dave Hale Founder-Owner, Hale Agency (KS)
S Terry Hoage Co-Founder, Terry Hoage Vineyards (CA)
TE Nate Jackson Writer, Book Author (CO)
QB Jeff Kemp VP/HomeBuilder Catalyst, Family Life (AR)
WR Sam McCullum Executive VP of Purchasing, Advanced Refreshment LLC (WA)
QB Dan McGwire President, Vita H20 (NV)
CB Miles McPherson Book Author/Pastor, The Rock Church (CA)
QB Warren Moon President/Founder, Sports 1 Marketing (WA)
WR Cotton Speyrer Texas Council on Environmental Technology (TX)
QB Spergon Wynn Broker, Amerex Energy Services (TX)

27 NFL PLAYERS TO PARTICIPATE IN “BUSINESS MANAGEMENT & PROGRAM” APRIL 3-6

Four-Day Program Hosted by University of Notre Dame Includes Business Pitch Competition

NFL Legends and past BM&E participants CHARLIE BATCH, DEKE COOPER, JEFF FAINE & J.R. TOLVER to Serve as Speakers and Mentors

Twenty-seven current and former NFL players will take part in the NFL Business Management & Entrepreneurial Program (BM&E) April 3-6 at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. This is one of several training programs for post-NFL careers that NFL Player Engagement offers to current and former players.

Participants will hear from University of Notre Dame faculty and successful business leaders. The program will kick off with presentations from four NFL Legends who applied learnings from past BM&E programs to launch their own business ventures and foundations including Notre Dame alumni DEKE COOPER and JEFF FAINE, as well as CHARLIE BATCH and J.R. TOLVER. Faine and BRADY QUINN, a fellow Notre Dame alumnus and past participant in the BM&E Program, were instrumental in bringing the program to Notre Dame for the first time in 2013.

The program—developed jointly with NFL Player Engagement, Mendoza’s Stayer Center for Executive Education and the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship—will cover topics such as financial literacy and analysis, investing for impact, and business plan development. Attendees will receive mentoring from Batch, Cooper, Faine and Tolver as well as the Irish Angels, a select group of investors within the Notre Dame community who advise and invest in start-ups. Throughout the four days, participants will work in groups to develop and deliver a business plan for the Business Pitch Competition that closes out the program.

“We believe in a shared responsibility to prepare our players for career opportunities after their NFL playing experience,” said Kimberly Fields, Vice President of NFL Player Engagement. “This program provides education, mentoring, and hands-on experience for those looking to succeed in the business world.”

“It is a pleasure again to have the opportunity to work with the NFL in presenting the Business Management & Entrepreneurial Program,” said Paul Slaggert, Director of Non-Degree Programs for the Stayer Center for Executive Education at Notre Dame. “The ability to work with current and former NFL players who want to give back by starting or investing in new ventures that benefit their communities is extremely gratifying.”

Players will be live blogging throughout the program, documenting their experience on www.NFLPE.sportsblog.com. Following is a list of participating players:

 

NAME TEAM AFFILIATION(S)
ANDY ALLEMAN Former (KC, MIA, NO)
ANTHONY ARMSTRONG Free Agent
BRIAN ARNFELT Pittsburgh Steelers
ZANE BEADLES Jacksonville Jaguars
KEITH BROOKING Former (ATL, DAL, DEN)
SHAUN CODY Former (DET, HOU)
VONTAE DAVIS Indianapolis Colts
JEROME FELTON Minnesota Vikings
BRANDON FIELDS Miami Dolphins
VINCENT FULLER II Former (DET, TEN)
ANDRE GURODE Oakland Raiders
JEFFREY “J.J.” JANSEN Carolina Panthers
JOSH MARTIN Kansas City Chiefs
TIM MASTHAY Green Bay Packers
KEVIN MC DERMOTT San Francisco 49ers
RYAN MUNDY Chicago Bears
TORRANCE (MORAN) NORRIS Former (DET, HOU, NO, SF)
ERIC OLSEN Free Agent
MICHAEL PALMER Pittsburgh Steelers
JOE REITZ Indianapolis Colts
DUNTA ROBINSON Free Agent
BRYAN SCOTT Free Agent
AUSTIN SPITLER Miami Dolphins
WILL SVITEK New England Patriots
DARRYL TAPP Detroit Lions
DE MARCUS WARE Denver Broncos
SAM YOUNG Jacksonville Jaguars

About NFL Player Engagement

NFL Player Engagement assists 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. NFL Life (current players) and NFL Next (former players) reach more than 2,000 NFL players and spouses each year through a variety of programs and services focused on career development, financial and continuing education, as well as personal, psychological, and physical wellness. NFL Prep provides high-school and college student-athletes of all sports with tools to help them succeed in life, focused on awareness, prevention, and education. More information can be found at http://www.nflplayerengagement.com.

About Stayer Center for Executive Education

Founded in 1980, the University of Notre Dame’s Stayer Center for Executive Education, located in the No. 1 ranked Mendoza College of Business, provides leaders in the executive and management ranks with the opportunity to develop and strengthen their leadership abilities and business acumen skills. The Stayer Center for Executive Education is dedicated to devel­oping leaders who succeed in today’s global business world and are prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow. In keeping with the Notre Dame mission, the Stayer Center emphasizes values-centered leadership plus strategic thinking. The Stayer Center offers non-degree programs in 10 countries (including open-enrollment, custom and online) and the Executive MBA degree program (No. 15 ranked) in South Bend and Chicago awarding about 120 degrees annually. All these programs are designed to meet a range of career and lifetime goals, for individuals as well as organizations.

About the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship

Located in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship was founded in 1998 for the purpose of fostering innovation and infusing aspiring Notre Dame entrepreneurs with a sense of the possible.  Through rigorous coursework, its annual business plan competition, conferences, extensive networking and mentoring, and experiential learning opportunities, the Center provides students, alumni and faculty members with the knowledge and skills vital to entrepreneurship. Gigot develops individuals who have a vision for a startup, as well as “intrapreneurs” who seek to bring innovation to an existing business. In keeping with the Mendoza College mission to Ask More of Business™, the Gigot Center actively supports the social entrepreneur who uses business skills and knowledge to serve the greater good.

 

NFL Retired Player News – March 2014

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 player alumni community are currently living and working.

The March 2014 edition of NFL Retired Player News included a list of 20 player alumni who have gone on to successful careers on and off the field.

To read the full text of the NFL’s recent letter to former players, please click here

PLAYER CURRENT CAREER POSITION (LOCATION)
LB Doug Allen Professor, School of Labor Studies & Employment Relations, Penn State University (PA)
WR Brian Baschnagel Manager of Marketing Services, North American Corporation of Illinois (IL)
QB Jeff Brohm Head Coach, Western Kentucky University (KY)
QB Jake Delhomme Co-Owner, Set-Hut Thoroughbred Stables (LA); President, Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LA)
S Pat Eilers Managing Director, Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (IL)
DE Paul Frase President, Board of Directors, Joshua Frase Foundation (FL)
LB Antonio Goss Assistant Coach, Furman University (SC)
DE Jacob Green Associate Vice President of Major Gifts, Texas A&M University 12th Man Foundation (TX)
S Van Malone Assistant Coach, Oklahoma State University (OK)
QB Cade McNown Vice President, Lourd Capital Management (CA)
C Ken Mendenhall Area Director, Search Ministries (OK)
QB Rick Mirer Founder/Owner, Mirror Wine Company (CA)
QB Neil O’Donnell Regional Sales Representative, FieldTurf (NJ)
LB Antonio Pierce Co-Owner, Englewood Cadillac (NJ)
DT Tracy Rocker Assistant Coach, University of Georgia (GA)
LB Randy Scott Principal – Fellers, Schere, Scott & Robers, Inc. (GA)
RB Emmitt Smith President/CEO, Emmitt Smith Enterprises (TX)
QB B.J. Symons Broker, J.P. Morgan Securities (TX)
QB Casey Weldon Owner, Advanced Drying Services (FL); Vice President, Allstate Construction (FL)
LB Dennis Winston Assistant Coach, Eastern Illinois University (IL)

NFL Retired Player News – December 2013

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 player alumni community are currently living and working.

The December 2013 edition of NFL Retired Player News included a list of 20 player alumni who have gone on to successful careers on and off the field, with positions ranging from state supreme court justice to CEO to high school/college coach.

To read the full text of the NFL’s recent letter to former players, please click here

PLAYER CURRENT CAREER POSITION (LOCATION)
WR Danny Abramowicz President/Founder, Crossing the Goal Ministries (IL)
LB Jessie Armstead Owner, All Star Motors LLC (NJ)
WR Wayne Chrebet Assistant Vice President, Barclays (NY)
DT Don Davey Sr. Portfolio Manager, Disciplined Equity Management, Inc. (FL)
T Doug Dieken Partner, Jackson, Dieken & Associates (OH)
TE Dr. John Frank Hair Restoration Surgeon, Anapelli Hair Clinic (NY)
LB Earl Holmes Head Football Coach, Florida A&M (FL)
C Bob Johnson Owner/CEO, Choice Brands Adhesives (OH)
LB Cato June Head Coach, Anacostia HS (D.C.)
RB Pete Larson Executive VP of Tenant Advisory Services, Transwestern (D.C.)
T Phil Livingston CEO, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell (NJ)
LB Woodrow Lowe Head Coach, Central-Phenix HS (AL)
LB Drew Mahalic CEO, Oregon Sports Authority (OR)
DB Jeff Nixon Youth Employment Director, City of Buffalo (NY)
DT Alan Page Associate Justice, Minnesota Supreme Court (MN)
T Cody Risien Project Manager, Austin Commercial (TX)
QB Steve Spurrier Head Coach, University of South Carolina (SC)
TE Ben Steele Tight Ends Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, UC Davis (CA)
DB Jimmy Stewart Mental Health Counselor (NC)
G Mike Utley Founder, Mike Utley Foundation (MI)

Cody RisienCaption: T Cody Risien, who played his entire 11-year NFL career in Cleveland, is now project manager at Austin Commercial, one of the largest diversified builders in the USA.

23 current & former NFL players to participate in new “NFL Sports Journalism & Communications Boot Camp” May 13-16

Four-day program for current & former players includes “final exam” covering Toledo Mud Hens baseball game

Twenty three current and former NFL players — including 12-year NFL veteran CHARLIE BATCH, 2012 Patriots Hall of Fame inductee TROY BROWN, and 2001 Heisman Trophy winner ERIC CROUCH — will take part in the first-ever NFL Sports Journalism & Communications Boot Camp from May 13-16 at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. With the new longer offseason, the boot camp is one of a record 10 training programs for post-NFL careers that NFL Player Engagement offers to current and former players.

The four-day program will focus on improving each player’s writing skills for newspapers, radio, and the expanding digital media industry. A field exercise at a Toledo Mud Hens home game will include a mock press conference as part of the player’s game coverage.  Players will write and record their own radio commentary as part of one of the other planned exercises.

Faculty for the boot camp will include ED BOUCHETTE (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), PETER KING (Sports Illustrated, NBC), and BARRY WILNER (Associated Press) as well as former NFL players-turned-journalists SOLOMON WILCOTS (CBS, NFL Network), MATT BOWEN (Chicago Tribune), MATT CHATHAM (Boston Herald), and BUCKY BROOKS (NFL.com and NFL Network).

The boot camp is hosted by the BGSU School of Media and Communications and the Sport Management program and was developed with NFL Player Engagement, under the auspices of the Richard A. Maxwell Sport Media Project.
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21 current & former NFL players to participate in new NFL Hospitality & Culinary Management May 6 at Institute of Culinary Education in New York

NFL Player Engagement Program Includes Spouses 

Twenty-one NFL players – 12 former players and nine active players including five Pro Bowlers JAHRI EVANS (New Orleans), CHRIS GARDOCKI (retired), TERRENCE MC GEE (free agent), BRANDON MOORE (free agent) and ADALIUS THOMAS (retired) – will take part in the new NFL Hospitality & Culinary Management Workshop on May 6 at the Institute of Culinary Education, New York City’s leading authority in culinary hospitality education.

The workshop introduces participants and their spouses to the fundamental skills required for success in the hospitality and culinary industries covering topics ranging from getting started in the industry, developing a winning business concept, trends in the food industry, the economics of hospitality and culinary management, managing product and staff, and maximizing return on investment.

Participants will engage in interactive workshops and lectures before concluding the class with a hands-on cooking demonstration.

Keynote speaker HOWARD GREENSTONE, CEO of national chain Rosa Mexicano, will offer an insider’s perspective on the challenges and opportunities related to working in the hospitality or culinary industry.

With the longer offseason, NFL Player Engagement offers current and former players 10 training programs for post-NFL careers. Player enrollment criteria include a demonstrated interest and aptitude for business, essays, and NFL playing experience.

Following are the NFL players participating in the NFL Hospitality & Culinary Management Workshop:
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21 current & former NFL players to participate in new NFL Franchising Boot Camp April 26-29 at Ross School of Business at Univ. of Michigan

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson to serve as keynote speaker 

First NFL Player Engagement Program to Include Spouses 

Twenty one NFL players – 12 former players and nine active players including 2013 Pro Bowlers G JAHRI EVANS (New Orleans) and T RUSSELL OKUNG (Seattle) – will take part in the new NFL Franchising Boot Camp April 26-29, 2013, at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The school is 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. In addition, four former NFL players with franchise ownership experience — ANGELO CROWELL, DON DAVEY, TYOKA JACKSON and JAMAL LEWIS — will take part in panel discussions.

Ross School professor of business economics FRANCINE LAFONTAINE, co-author of The Economics of Franchising (Cambridge University Press) and leading academic expert on franchise performance, business creation and survival, serves as faculty director of the program, and joins three other Ross faculty members who will lead program workshops.

“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.”

The NFL Franchising Boot Camp is the first NFL Player Engagement program to include players’ spouses, with nine signed up to attend. Spouses have also been invited to attend the upcoming NFL Hospitality & Culinary Management Workshop (May 6) and Transition Assistance Program (June 7-10).

NFL Player Engagement worked with the Ross School of Business and
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23 current & former NFL players to participate in new “Investment for Impact” program April 18-21 at Notre Dame

Former Fighting Irish Football Players Brady Quinn & Jeff Faine Developed Program with NFL Player Engagement

Speakers include Warrick Dunn, Rick Mirer, Jeremy Bloom, Quinn & Faine 

Twenty three NFL players – 13 active players and 10 former players – including 15-year veteran quarterback CHARLIE BATCH (free agent) and two-time Pro Bowler ADALIUS THOMAS (retired) will take part in the new NFL Business Management & Entrepreneurial “Investment for Impact” program April 18-21 at the University of Notre Dame.

Free agent quarterback BRADY QUINN and 10-year NFL center JEFF FAINE – both Notre Dame graduates – developed the program with NFL Player Engagement. Both will speak at the program along with former NFL players with social entrepreneurship backgrounds including WARRICK DUNN, RICK MIRER, JEREMY BLOOM and DEKE COOPER

The program includes keynote speakers and panel discussions featuring academic experts and corporate executives, as well as a business planning workshop, a session matching players with faculty mentors, a “venture fair,” and a trip to the Annual Notre Dame Blue-Gold Football Scrimmage.

“The opportunity to play in the NFL has provided a platform to have an impact on our communities,” said Quinn, a six-year veteran. “It is my hope that through the Notre Dame Entrepreneurial program, attendees may learn how to invest with an impact for the greater good.”

“I’m proud to have had a hand in bringing Investment for Impact to my alma mater, and assisting in forming a partnership between University of Notre Dame and the NFL for the continuing education of professional athletes,” added Faine, who played for four clubs in 10 NFL seasons. “It has been a longstanding goal to give back in a meaningful way to the game that has provided so much opportunity for me.  This course will provide a template on how to bridge traditional business models with a focus on the greater good of humanity.  I believe social entrepreneurship is the wave of the future.”
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11 former NFL players & 1 active player to participate in officiating academy March 14-16 in Baltimore

NFL Player Engagement Enrolls Players at Tom Beard Football Officials Clinic 

Super Bowl XLVII Referee Jerome Boger & NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino Keynote Speakers 

Twelve NFL players – 11 former players and one active player – will take part in the Tom Beard Football Officials Clinic at Maritime Institute and Morgan State University, March 14-16 in Baltimore, it was announced today.

NFL Player Engagement and the NFL Football Officiating Academy partnered to select the players for the three-day program.

After a customized Officiating 101 orientation developed by the NFL Football Officiating Academy, the players will participate in a program featuring classroom and on-field instruction including breakouts by position group, on-field scrimmage work, and keynotes from Super Bowl XLVII Referee JEROME BOGER and NFL Vice President of Officiating DEAN BLANDINO. Instructors include current and former officials and officiating supervisors at all levels including previous Super Bowl referees SCOTT GREEN and TERRY MC AULAY.

More than 10 NFL officials as well as officials from the CFL, Arena League and college football have participated at the Tom Beard officiating camps and clinics.

“We are excited to continue providing opportunities for former players to explore post-playing careers,” said TROY VINCENT, Senior Vice President of NFL Player Engagement.  “Officiating is a natural extension for players who have an interest in staying close to the game.”

“As a recently retired player, it is important for me to stay involved in the game,” said NATE JONES, who played eight NFL seasons (2004-11) at defensive back for Dallas, Denver, Miami and New England. “Becoming an official is the perfect way to achieve this goal.”

Following are the NFL players participating in the Tom Beard Football Officials Clinic:
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NFL players to take part in second annual “Business of Music Boot Camp” at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music

Featured speakers include VH1 President Tom Calderone, Run-DMC’s Darrell “DMC” McDaniels & Michael “Blue” Williams of Family Tree Entertainment

Program for current & former players runs March 18-21 in New York

Twenty current and former NFL players will get a crash course on how to break into the music industry at the second annual Business of Music Boot Camp at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in New York.

The program, which runs from March 18-21, 2013, is a collaboration between NFL Player Engagement and the Clive Davis Institute in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

The four-day boot camp features 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.

Following are the current and former NFL players enrolled in the NFL Business of Music Boot Camp: 
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