Inside this week's FPN



Gary Brackett: Catching Up with Former Player Reps

While playing with the Indianapolis Colts for nine seasons, Gary Brackett helped the club to a Super Bowl XLI win. He also served his fellow teammates on and off the field as a player representative for three years, were he proudly helped negotiate the current CBA. Brackett reflects with us on his time in the league, as well as his family and life after retirement.

Q: What is your current career?

A: I am a restaurateur, I have 10 restaurants in Indianapolis. Nine are a franchise that I own – Stacked Pickle. The 10th is a steak house called Char Blue in downtown Indianapolis. [I have been in the food business] for about five years.

Q: How would you describe your experience leaving the game?

A: I had a bunch of support [leaving the game]. I was already familiar with a lot of the offerings that the NFL and PA assisted you with during the transition. So I utilized one of those offerings and went back to school and got my MBA at George Washington University. I feel like after I got my degree it really empowered me to take on the challenge that I’m in today.

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Sherrod Martin "The NFL Barber"

Sherrod Martin cutting Steven Nelson, CB Kansas City Chiefs, shown above. (Sherrod has cut over 100 active and retired players)

By Sherrod Martin

At a young age, I realized I was an artist drawing whatever came to my mind, entering art competitions at school, and sketching on the walls at home. In tenth grade I received my first pair of trimmers, the Andis Styliner II with a chip blade. My barber journey began in the neighborhood and with my family and friends. I fell in love with barbering because the craft itself parallels art: hair sculpting is like painting a blank canvas and transforming it into a masterpiece. 

In 2004, I received a full scholarship to play football at Troy University. I brought my passion for barbering to the college dorms where my clients were the students and athletes on campus. I used the money I made to put gas in my car and food in my belly. In 2009, I was drafted to the Carolina Panthers in the second round. Football was going great until I suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury during a game in 2012, leaving me sidelined and wondering if I would ever play again. I missed a full season while rehabbing my knee, but signed to Jacksonville and later Chicago for two more seasons in the league.

My injury was a gift and a curse. I realized at that moment I needed to start working toward my next career. I balanced both football and barbering my last two years in the NFL. Currently, I am a full time licensed Master Barber. 

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This Ex-NFL Player had 4 'Shark Tank' Investors Fighting Over His New Kind of Foam Roller — and Walked Away with $250,000

When the investors on ABC's "Shark Tank" see a pitch for a product that they think will make money, they are often willing to fight for it.

On Sunday, after former NFL tight end Nate Lawrie and his business partner Tom Hopkins pitched their company Brazyn Life, which sells a foam roller that collapses to fit in a gym bag, the fight was on.

And this time, it was a battle of the sexes.

Four sharks were interested: Kevin O'Leary and Daymond John teamed up for an offer, challenging another from guest judge and self-made billionaire Sara Blakely and Lori Greiner.

But, O'Leary was offering more than money. He was willing to go the extra mile to market the product.

"One video of me in my underwear [foam] rolling is going to blow this thing right out of the water," O'Leary tells Lawrie and Hopkins on the show.

The women, however, weren't impressed with that plan. "It could also put you out of business," Blakely says to the entrepreneurs. Adds investor Greiner, "Horrifying thought, him in his underwear on a roller."
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It's Meet Up season! Last week the NFLPA San Antonio Chapter had their Meet Up atTopGolf. We're traveling across the country to host events  in different chapter cities, so be sure to check out out to stay up to date on dates and locations. Join us for free food, drinks, and information about important NFLPA resources!
The NFLPA Pittsburgh Chapter recently gathered together for their Meet Up at Cadillac Ranch to socialize over food and drinks! Stay up to date on events coming to your area by checking out 


Sunday, November 19, 2017
12 - 4 pm | Laurel Race Track

St. Louis
Thursday, November 30, 2017
6 - 9:30 pm | Gamlin Whiskey House


Monday, November 13, 2017
6 - 9 pm | The Irishman Pub & Eatery
RSVP by November 7


Northern California

Monday, November 13, 2017
7 - 10 pm | Plank Oakland
RSVP by November 7



Thursday, November 16, 2017
7 - 10 pm | The Southern Kitchen & Bar
RSVP by November 7



Thursday, November 16, 2017
6 - 9 pm | Drago's Seafood Restaurant
RSVP by November 10


San Diego

Thursday, November 16, 2017
6 - 9 pm | Ballast Point Brewing Company
RSVP by November 10


New York/New Jersey

Monday, December 4, 2017
7 - 10 pm | TopGolf Edison
RSVP by November 27




Monday, December 4, 2017
5 - 8 pm | T Prime Steak & Seafood at Avalon Golf & Country Club
RSVP by November 27



Washington, D.C.

Thursday, December 14, 2017
7 - 10 pm | TopGolf Loudoun
RSVP by December 1



San Antonio/Austin

Thursday, November 2, 2017
7 - 10 pm | TopGolf Austin
RSVP by October 26



Northern California

Monday, November 13, 2017
7 - 10 pm | Plank Oakland
RSVP by November 6




Thursday, November 16, 2017
6 - 9 pm | Southern Restaurant Kitchen & Bar
RSVP by November 2



New York/New Jersey

Monday December 4, 2017
7 - 10 pm | TopGolf Edison
RSVP by November 10



Apps Unleashed: Grow Your Business Using Just Your Phone

With a smartphone or tablet you’ve got an incredibly powerful computer, communication device and online marketing tool... in your pocket! There are hundreds of free (or very inexpensive) apps at your disposal that can drive sales, improve communication with your customers, and market your business.

Join Ron Cates, digital marketing icon and renowned app expert, as he highlights and discusses the following:

  • Must-have apps (including both the newest and the obscure gems you’ve never heard of)
  • How to use apps for maximum impact
  • How to utilize apps in conjunction with your other marketing efforts to magnify results
Note: This session is designed for EVERYONE. “Beginners” will not feel lost, but “power-users” will still learn something new.
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The Top Three Priorities For Savings

By Liz Frazier Peck

Emergency funds, retirement, debt payoff, college costs - overwhelming is an understatement when it comes to how we should prioritize our savings. We know we should be saving, but where and how much? The good news is if you are stressing about whether or not you are saving in the "right way" - at least you are saving!

Exactly how you should prioritize depends on your specific financial situation. While some financial experts may disagree on the order, most would agree the below three are the top priorities for saving. And it doesn't have to be all or nothing; you can allocate your savings such as a 60%/30%/10% split between the below. Use this guide to evaluate what you have, where you need to beef up your savings, and where you don't.

Top priorities:

Emergency Fund: You have to have an emergency fund in case you lose your job, get sick or have a major financial expense. Most experts say you should have three to six months of income saved in cash. If you are in a niche field or small market without many opportunities, you should have closer to six months. If your skills translate across multiple jobs and markets, making you easily employable, than you can probably have three months savings. 

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The Next Generation of You: Keith Mitchell

By Jim Gehman

Former Pro Bowl linebacker Keith Mitchell spent four seasons with the New Orleans Saints and one each with the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars before a career-ending spinal contusion injury occurred while he was tackling a running back in 2003 game between the Jaguars and Buffalo Bills.

That led to his eventual second career as a yoga and meditation instructor. He had tried both as methods of rehabilitation and noticed changes.

“I could see some of the things that come with having the concussions and the things, my memory, the anger, a lot of the depression; I could see a lot of that go away,” Mitchell said. “It’s a process. I’ve done a lot of other things like nutrition. I became a vegan.

“Your body, you’ve really gone through depletion. A professional athlete sweats more in a year than an average person will sweat their entire lifetime. And a professional athlete has done this from high school to college to the pros. So you have literally left everything – blood, sweat and tears – for sake of a game out there.

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Tony Robbins: This 90-second Exercise Will Help You Eliminate Stress and Anxiety

By Catherine Clifford, CNBC

How much time have you wasted worrying about eventualities that never come to pass?

Your brain is ultra-adept at identifying and worrying about potential threats, stresses and dangers, says life and business coach Tony Robbins.

"The way out of suffering is to realize we all have a 2 million-year-old brain. It's not designed to make you happy, it is designed to make you survive. So it's always looking for what's wrong so you can fight it or flight from it or freeze," Robbins tells CNBC Make It. "It overreacts because there isn't a saber-toothed tiger anymore."

In other words, in modern times, your brain usually doesn't have to protect you from imminent danger, so it focuses on other stressors.

"Now you worry about, 'What are people thinking of me?' or, 'Do I have enough money?'" says Robbins. "And the truth of the matter is, fear doesn't make you better."


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Captain's Event: New Orleans, LA

Join Demetric Evans, Bradie James & The Trust in New Orleans, LA at an exclusive event for former NFL players.


Former Player Services Department

We are "One Team",
built around a fraternity of former NFL Players who are aligned, connected and engaged, working together in life beyond football.


Nolan Harrison III, MBA
Senior Director
Lorenzo Kaufman
Senior Manager
Janice Jackson
Meeting Manager
Kate Bell
Terran Foster
I Am The Trust
Listen to former players who have used our services talk about their experiences with our partners and programs.
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Health, Career, Education and Lifestyle Programs for Former Players.


Bahati VanPelt
Executive Director

Professional Athletes Foundation

Gene Upshaw Players Assistance Trust (PAT)
Helping players in need.

Andre' Collins
Executive Director
Tyrone Allen
Caryl Banks
Leslie Isler


NFLPA Benefits Department

Available to answer player benefits and insurance questions.

800-372-2000 x159

Miki Yaras-Davis
Sr. Director
Bethany Marshall
Chris Smith
Asst. Director
Adora Williams
Sr. Manager
Brian Francis

NFLPA National Office

1133 20th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Office Hours
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9:00am - 5:30pm EST

NFL Player Benefits Office

Baltimore, MD
NFL Benefits Office for T&P, Disability, Plan 88, pension, second career, annuity and other benefits filing.

Former Player Life Improvement Plan

Joint replacement, discount prescription card, assisted living and more.
Lifetime Membership
Please update your contact information to earn your free lifetime membership and to learn more about what the Former Player Services Department offers our players. Renew your membership online through your profile page on or with the Membership Application

Thank you for your
commitment to the union
who has fought for, and will continue to fight for, our rare and special fraternity. You can also call the NFLPA and ask to speak with Membership Services at 800-372-2000 if you have any membership or internet questions.

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Player Emergency Help
NFL Get Help Hotline
Monetary grants for qualified vested former players experiencing hardships.
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Transition Resources

Featured Partners

The YMCA believes in strengthening individuals and communities. With a presence in 10,000 neighborhoods across the country, the Y has the reach and ability to help you transition to life off the playing field.

All former players are eligible with an NFLPA Former Player Membership. 

To Access the Free 
YMCA Membership:
If you have 2 or more Credited Seasons
Click Here to Email The Trust
If you have less than 2 Credited Seasons
Click Here to Email the FPSD
Please include the player's name,  player's NFLPA ID number, YMCA name, and YMCA city and state. 

You will receive a confirmation email once the email is received. 

Health Partners

Video: Football Players Health Study at Harvard University
Partnering with Former Players: A Collaboration

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Business Mentoring

With over 13,000 volunteers in 347 chapters, SCORE has the expertise you need to succeed.

Use the Chapter Locator to find a SCORE office near you and request a free face to face mentoring meeting.


The NFLPA has partnered with Penn State World Campus to support the educational needs of NFLPA members. The World Campus offers more than 100 accredited graduate degrees, undergraduate degrees, certificates, and minors.

Penn State ranked as the No. 1 institution in the nation for producing the best-prepared, most well-rounded graduates who are most able to succeed once hired, according to a survey by The Wall Street Journal.

Penn State World Campus offers NFLPA members a tuition reduction benefit for all degree and certificate programs. Learn more about how you can receive a top-quality education, completed at your convenience, from one of the world’s most renowned universities. 

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