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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.

32 NFL Legends to Participate in 2012 NFL Kickoff

The National Football League announced that 32 legendary NFL alumni, one representing each team, will be part of the pregame celebration at Rockefeller Center® on Wednesday, September 5 as part of the 2012 NFL Kickoff Show. 

32 fans, one per team, will unveil their team’s 2012 season flag as winners of the inaugural NFL Fan Flag Challenge. The contest asked fans to submit designs with elements representative of their team’s city, community, traditions, or its fans.  The winner’s inspirational concept was then used to create the team’s flag.  The 32 fans will be joined by 32 NFL Legends to unveil their team’s flag.

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Oliver Luck Joins NFL Player Safety Advisory Panel

Former NFL quarterback OLIVER LUCK, currently serving as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for his alma mater, West Virginia, has been selected to join the NFL’s Player Safety Advisory Panel, NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL announced today.

Co-chaired by Pro Football Hall of Famers RONNIE LOTT and JOHN MADDEN, the Player Safety Advisory Panel was formed two years ago by Commissioner Goodell to assist the league in reviewing all facets of the game involving player health and safety.

“It is a real honor to have been asked to participate as a member of the NFL Player Safety Advisory Panel,” says Luck, who is the father of Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback ANDREW LUCK, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. “I would like to thank the co-chairs, John Madden and Ronnie Lott, for the opportunity, and I look forward to making a positive contribution to the work of the panel.”

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NFL Launches New Comprehensive Total Wellness Program for Current and Former NFL Players

The National Football League announced today a new comprehensive health program for former and current players that will provide additional resources to address personal issues. NFL TOTAL WELLNESS builds upon current NFL programs and services that assist members of the NFL family with matters such as physical and mental health, family safety, lifestyle and transition into their post-NFL life.

The initiative was launched today at a meeting at the NFL office in New York that included COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL and DR. DAVID SATCHER, as well as representatives from GRIDIRON GREATS, the NFL PLAYER CARE FOUNDATION and NFL PLAYER ENGAGEMENT.

DR. SATCHER, the 16th Surgeon General of the United States and current director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine, will broaden his role with the NFL and serve as a mental health advisor. Dr. Satcher has conducted 14 mental health forums for NFL retired players and their families the past two years and will facilitate more events across the country.

The NFL TOTAL WELLNESS platform will help empower players to make positive health decisions; promote support-seeking behaviors in connection with behavioral and mental health issues; and provide health and safety education for players and all members of their support network, including spouses, parents, and children. The platform will expand on a number of NFL Player Engagement programs and service offerings.

Among the program’s services is NFL LIFE LINE, a new free, independent and confidential 24/7/365 phone consultation service and website developed and manned by third-party mental health professionals. NFL LIFE LINE provides support to all members of the NFL family in times of need and will be administrated by a group of national mental health experts that also operates a program for military service members with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

In an email today to more than 11,000 current and former players, plus club and league staff, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said: “There is no higher priority for the National Football League than the health and wellness of our players. Members of our community are not immune to the challenges that all individuals face.  As we enter what promises to be a very exciting 2012 season, we stand by our commitment to the total wellness of our current and former players. This service is here for you.”

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New Cancer Center Opens Today in Memory of Pro Football Hall of Famer Gene Upshaw

The Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center in Truckee, California had its formal opening today. It is named in honor of the late Pro Football Hall of Fame Oakland Raider and former NFLPA Executive Director GENE UPSHAW.

The newly-opened building is part of the Tahoe Forest Cancer facility and will honor Upshaw’s legacy and advance the Upshaw family’s passion for quality medical care for cancer patients and their families. The center is located in Truckee near Lake Tahoe, where Upshaw was a part-time resident for 35 years until his death from pancreatic cancer in 2008.

In addition to Gene’s widow Terri, others attending today’s formal opening include former NFL players MARCUS ALLEN, TIM BROWN, WILLIE GAULT, TOM FLORES and STEVE BONO and NFL senior executive JOE BROWNE representing Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. The NFL has been the largest contributor to the Upshaw Center’s fundraising efforts.

Upshaw played for the Oakland Raiders from 1967-1981 and was a six-time Pro Bowl player. He served as the NFLPA’s executive director from 1983 until his death in 2008.

For more information about today’s opening of the new Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, click here