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NFL, NFLPA Agree on Full Funding of Legacy Benefits for Eligible Widows and Survivors of Pre-1993 Players

The NFL and NFL Players Association have reached an agreement to extend the collective bargaining agreement’s new Legacy benefits to approximately 330 widows and other survivors of eligible pre-1993 players, the NFL and NFLPA announced jointly today.

Each of the eligible beneficiaries will receive an increase in the amount they were receiving as of the effective date of the CBA. The benefit will be retroactive to August 1, 2011, which was the same effective date for the Legacy benefit for eligible pre-1993 players.   

The funding of the benefit will be split on the same basis as the funding for the other beneficiaries of the Legacy Fund – 51 percent paid by the NFL and 49 percent by the NFLPA.

Widows and survivors qualifying for this benefit will begin receiving their retroactive checks within the next two weeks. They will begin receiving their monthly benefits beginning August 1.

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NFL Youth Football Fund Awards $600,000 in Grants to 214 Current and Former NFL Players and Coaches For Free Youth Football Camps

Camps Receiving NFL YFF Grants Required to Participate in USA Football Safety Initiative, Focusing on Concussion and Hydration Awareness

The NFL Youth Football Fund (YFF) has awarded $600,000 to 214 NFL players and coaches to support their free youth football camps, it was announced today.

The camps, run by former and current NFL players and coaches, will reach more than 55,000 young football players this summer.  Players and coaches hosting free camps throughout the summer include former player ISAAC BRUCE, Arizona Cardinals quarterback KEVIN KOLB, Pittsburgh Steelers Coach MIKE TOMLIN and Dallas Cowboys tight end JASON WITTEN.  A list of players and coaches receiving grants this year is below.

“Summer camps are a great way for children to keep active, build confidence and learn important skills,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL, who serves on the NFL Youth Football Fund board of directors. “We are pleased to support our players’ philanthropic efforts that promote physical fitness and healthy lifestyles in young people.”

For the complete release, click here

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.

Transcript: NFL EVP Jeff Pash, NFL VP of Player Engagement Troy Vincent & Falcons President & CEO & Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay at 2012 Spring League Meeting

Pash: Good morning.  Thank you.  We opened with a player health and safety presentation that included Dr. John York, the chairman of our owner committee on that subject; myself; Dr. David Satcher, the former surgeon general of the United States; and Dr. (Elliot) Pellman, our medical director.  We reviewed a series of subjects.

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NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy kicks off May 22 in Dallas

30 former NFL players to take part

The NFL and NCAA will offer the second annual NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy on May 22-24 in Dallas, it was announced today.  The program, developed last year by NFL Player Engagement and the NCAA, will provide 30 former 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 will invite football coaches who have less than eight years of college coaching experience to take part. 

“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 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; 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.  Keynote speakers include Baylor University head coach ART BRILES, former Notre Dame and Stanford head coach TYRONE WILLINGHAM and NFL Network analyst and former Redskins and Texans general manager CHARLEY CASSERLY.

“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 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 also partners with the NCAA on a Life Skills and Professional Development Summit each February. 

Click here for the complete release and a list of participants in the NFL-NCAA Coaches.

33 NFL Greats to Announce Second & Third Round Draft Picks in Primetime; One Fan to Help Announce Pick of His/Her Favorite Team

The National Football League announced that 33 legendary NFL alumni, one representing each team and two representing the St. Louis Rams, will announce live on Friday, April 27, second- and third-round Draft picks from Radio City Music Hall.  This continues a successful program that began last year in which each selection in the second round is announced by a former player.

The NFL alumni scheduled to be on-hand to make the announcements from the podium feature six Pro Football Hall of Famers, including two from the Class of 2012.

For the complete release and list of players, click here

NFL VP of Player Engagement Troy Vincent Receives 2012 Jefferson Award for Outstanding Service By an Athlete

New York, March 6, 2012 – NFL Vice President of Player Engagement TROY VINCENT has been honored with a 2012 Jefferson Award for outstanding public service by an athlete, it was announced today.  Vincent, who joined the NFL in 2010 following a 15-year NFL career, was recognized for his dedication to community development and outreach.

Troy and his wife Tommi founded Love Thy Neighbor, a community development corporation in their hometown of Trenton, N.J. which has awarded nearly $500,000 in college scholarships to inner-city students and in 2011 assisted more than 850 families with life necessities.  At the NFL, Troy oversees NFL Player Engagement which 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.

Also among the honorees are two Virginia sisters whose national nonprofit based on treasure hunts has raised more than $7 million in scholarships for the children of military veterans, a Georgia high school student whose environmental activism has led to the recycling of 8,000 tons of waste and a Yale University violin virtuoso whose concerts have raised close to $5 million to help fight children’s neurological disease are among this year’s recipients of the 2012 Jefferson Awards. In addition, the Tribeca Film Festival, accepted by cofounders Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, and pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. were honored.

Known as the “Nobel Prize for public service,” the Jefferson Awards honor extraordinary individuals and companies whose profound achievements and commitment to their communities are making the world a better place to live. 

“This year’s Jefferson Awards recipients have made real and lasting differences in the lives of countless people,” said Sam Beard, who with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. founded the Jefferson Awards, now in their 40th year.  “Their remarkable contributions – in fundraising, activism, community service and the arts – nobly reflect one of the founding qualities of our republic: a commitment to help one another and serve the greater good.   The Jefferson Awards is proud to bestow on them this fitting tribute in recognition of the breadth and scope of their extraordinary achievements.”

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20 players selected to take part in first-ever “NFL Business of Music Boot Camp”

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

Twenty current and former NFL players including seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and NFL Network analyst TORRY HOLT and two-time All-Star defensive backs ANTOINE BETHEA and AL HARRIS will take part in the first-ever NFL 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, 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.

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

Player Current team (Former teams)
Marvin Austin NYG
Antoine Bethea IND
Keary Colbert Former (CAR, DEN, SEA, DET, KC)
Justin Fargas Former (OAK)
Al Harris STL
Torry Holt Former (STL, JAX)
Darren Howard Former (NO, PHL)
Chris Kluwe MIN
James Lee TB
Brandon Lloyd STL
Dustin Lyman Former (CHI)
David Macklin Former (IND, ARZ, WASH, KC)
Bryant McKinnie BALT
Ryan McNeil Former (DET, STL, CLE)
Chukky Okobi Former (PIT, AZ)
Chris Pressley CIN
Bryan Scott BUF
L.J. Shelton Former (AZ, CLE, MIA, SD)
Craig Terrill Former (SEA)
Ashton Youboty JAX

NFL Alumni Player of Year Awards to Air on NFL Network Monday After Super Bowl XLVI

Host Alec Baldwin & 12 Pro Football Hall of Famers including Dan Fouts, Andre Tippett, Kellen Winslow & Marv Levy Featured 

Televised For the First Time, Show Debuts Monday, February 6 at 10 PM ET

Allstate Insurance Company as Presenting Sponsor 

NEWARK, NJ (January 12, 2012) –The NFL Alumni Foundation (NFLA) today announced the 2012 NFLA Player of the Year Awards Presented by Allstate Insurance Company will be televised for the first time on NFL Network in primetime on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 10:00 PM ET.  This year marks the 30th anniversary of the NFLA Player of the Year Awards Program which was created so that retired NFL players could recognize and vote for the outstanding achievements of their present-day counterparts.

Oscar nominee and Emmy-award winner Alec Baldwin will serve as host for the awards ceremony which will take place during Super Bowl Weekend in a ceremony on Friday, February 3 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Indianapolis before debuting on NFL Network the Monday following the Super Bowl. Celebrities including Vivica A. Fox, Stephen Baldwin, Patrick Warburton and Keith David will join country music breakout band Badhorse, who will perform live, to honor the top seven players from the 2011 season. 

The program features dozens of former NFL players and coaches including 12 Pro Football Hall of Famers. Among those taking part in the festivities:

  • Hall of Fame San Diego QB and CBS NFL analyst Dan Fouts
  • Hall of Fame San Diego TE Kellen Winslow
  • Hall of Fame New England LB and Patriots executive Andre Tippett
  • Hall of Fame Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy
  • Hall of Fame Green Bay RB Jim Taylor

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