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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

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 ( 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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22 Players Selected for 2nd Annual “NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp” at Universal Studios

Hollywood speakers include Thomas Tull, Peter Berg & Robert Townsend

Program for current & former players runs March 11-15 in Los Angeles

Twenty-two current and former NFL players including 2005 NFL MVP SHAUN ALEXANDER and four active first-round draft picks – DARRIUS HEYWARD-BEY (Raiders), ALEX MACK (Browns) GERALD MC COY (Bucs), and JARED ODRICK (Dolphins) — will take part in the second annual NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp at Universal Studios in Universal City, California.

The program, which runs from March 11-15, 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 Legendary Pictures partner/producer and member of the Pittsburgh Steelers ownership group THOMAS TULL (The Dark Knight, Inception, We Are Marshall), director/producer PETER BERG (Friday Night Lights), and writer/actor/director ROBERT TOWNSEND (The Five Heartbeats, Hollywood Shuffle).

Following are the current and former NFL players enrolled in the NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp:
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NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy kicks off in Charlotte on Sunday

Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera to deliver opening night keynote

28 former NFL players to take part

The NFL and NCAA will offer the third annual NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy on February 17-19 in Charlotte, it was announced today.  The program, developed in 2011 by NFL Player Engagement and the NCAA, will provide 60 coaches/coaching prospects – including 28 former NFL players and nine current NFL players (list below) — with tools and networking opportunities for potential careers as football coaches. 

Many of the participants currently have high school or college coaching positions. The NCAA also invited football coaches who have less than eight years of college coaching experience to take part. 

Carolina Panthers head coach RON RIVERA will serve as the opening night keynote speaker.  Additional keynote speakers for the program include Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator MIKE NOLAN, University of Pittsburgh head coach PAUL CHRYST, and NFL Network analyst and former Redskins and Texans general manager CHARLEY CASSERLY.

“This is an excellent opportunity for players who are looking to continue their careers on the football sidelines to learn leadership, management and administrative skills from football coaches at all levels,” said TROY VINCENT, NFL senior vice president of player engagement.

Sessions will include instruction from NFL, college and high school coaches, business leaders and athletic administrators.  Topics include how to build a personal and professional brand; managing budgets; successful networking; health and safety; media messaging; coaching contracts; building relationships in college; effective leadership; understanding the academic landscape; and the interview process.   Participants also will experience mock interview sessions. 

“Our partnership with the NFL provides a broader base of networking and access to essential information and key influencers for football coaches who want to become head coaches,” said ROBERT VOWELS, NCAA vice president of membership and student-athlete affairs. “We look at this Academy as an opportunity that could positively influence the diversity numbers in the collegiate coaching ranks and as a way to get exposure for some of the most talented coaching minds in the football industry. We believe the partnership and the Academy overall will have a positive effect for the NCAA and the NFL immediately and in the future.”

The NFL partners with the NCAA on a number of additional initiatives including:

  • The NFL-NCAA Champion Forum for those who have been identified as potential head coaches by college administrators, this program simulates the intercollegiate interview process from researching the position to their first staff meeting after becoming a head coach.
  • The NFL-NCAA Future Football Coaches Academy for those who have recently completed their collegiate eligibility, and have a desire to enter the college football coaching profession.
  • The NFL-NCAA Life Skills Education and Professional Development Summit shares best practices for the development of student-athletes.
  • The NFL-NCAA Life Skills Summit Round-table for Student-Athletes provides student-athletes with a forum to discuss the resources and support that they need in order to meet their personal and professional goals.

Click here for a list of participants in the NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy.

NFL Statement on NIH finding

We appreciate the Seau family’s cooperation with the National Institutes of Health. The finding underscores the recognized need for additional research to accelerate a fuller understanding of CTE. The NFL, both directly and in partnership with the NIH, Centers for Disease Control and other leading organizations, is committed to supporting a wide range of independent medical and scientific research that will both address CTE and promote the long-term health and safety of athletes at all levels. The NFL clubs have already committed a $30 million research grant to the NIH, and we look forward to making decisions soon with the NFL Players Association on the investment of $100 million for medical research that is committed in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. We have work to do, and we’re doing it.