Inside this week's FPN



      "FloWorks" Announces The                Appointment Of Scott Jackson
      As The Company’s President 

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FloWorks, a leading specialty PVF distributor, today announced the appointment of Scott Jackson as the Company’s President assuming the responsibilities of Chief Executive Officer, Frank Riddick, effective immediately. Mr. Riddick will remain a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Jackson becomes the President of the Company after serving as President of the Valve and Automation Division.

“We were very fortunate to have Scott join our executive team a few years ago. Our entire organization will benefit from his expanded leadership as President. The time is right for a change in leadership at FloWorks, and I am proud to announce Scott as my successor,” said Frank Riddick.

“He has quickly integrated into our Company’s culture and gained the respect of key personnel across all of our business units as well as with our customers and suppliers. He is a hands-on, results oriented leader that fosters an environment of accountability and empowerment.

I am confident that our employees, manufacturing partners, and customers will both appreciate and benefit from Scott’s authentic and energetic leadership style.”

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       Berkmar Hires Valdosta Native,           Former NFL Player Willie Gary As                    Head Football Coach

A coach who hails from a city dubbed “Winnersville USA” has been charged with turning around a Gwinnett County football program mired in a lengthy losing streak.

Berkmar announced Valdosta native Willie Gary as its new head coach Monday, promoting a coach who has years of experience within the county and has firsthand knowledge of the Patriots’ issues as an assistant the past three seasons. Gary also was a four-year starter for the Kentucky Wildcats who played two years with the St. Louis Rams in the NFL, as well as six years with the Arena Football League’s Georgia Force.

“We are excited to have Coach Gary bring a culture of discipline and passion to our football program,” Berkmar athletic and activities director Greg Phillips said. “His extensive experience in the county as well as around the state played a large role in his hiring.”

Gary, 39, coached Berkmar’s defensive backs for two seasons after he was hired in July, 2015, and was defensive coordinator this past season.

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        Coaches, Former NFL Players,               Parents United In Support Of                          Louisiana 7-on-7

Former NFL safety Ryan Clark (left) and former NFL DB J.J. McCleskey have assisted the Bootleggers.

Donte Jackson had zero offers when he joined the Louisiana Bootleggers in 2014.

Back then, the raw athlete who did a little bit of everything for Riverdale (La.) High School in New Orleans was slotted to play cornerback. His first taste of action came in a weekend tournament in Atlanta. By the time he returned home, Jackson had eight offers in hand.

It’s a similar story for Odell Beckham Jr. Recruiting services did not have a profile for the current New York Giants wide receiver. After competing in his first tournament with the Bootleggers, Beckham received his first offer — to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Texas. A recruiting service snapped the first photo of Beckham and the rest, as they say, is history.

The Bootleggers are one of several 7-on-7 programs within the state of Louisiana that help train, develop, mentor and promote college prospects. They are not alone as the system has rapidly spread throughout The Boot to different portions of the state, attracting a wider range of participants. The success stories of Beckham and Jackson, who both wound up playing for LSU, are just a slice of the pie. Other notable 7-on-7 alums include Jarvis Landry (LSU), Tre’Davious White (LSU)

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The NFLPA Mississippi Chapter recently gathered together for their Meet Up to socialize over food and drinks! Stay up to date on events coming to your area by checking out 
 Last week the NFLPA San Diego Chapter had their Meet Up! 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!

St. Louis

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


Wednesday, December 6, 2017
6:30 - 9:30 pm | Fleming's


Thursday, December 14, 2017
7 - 10 pm | TopGolf Jacksonville


Monday, December 18, 2017
6 - 8:30 pm | Drago's Seafood

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



Updating Your Resume For 2018? Do These Five Things First

By Liz Ryan

Mid-September is the perfect time to pull out your resume and get it in shape for 2018.

Whether you plan to job-hunt next year or not, an annual resume update is a very good idea. You are the CEO of your career. Your resume is your presentation to people who don't know you. Make sure it still represents who you are!

When you take the time to reflect on the past year -- or whatever period of time has elapsed since you last read your resume — you set intention for the year ahead.

You tell the world and yourself "Here's what I want." When you get ready to update your resume, there are a few important steps to take before you start writing.

You could simply open the resume document and check over the resume to make sure nothing important has changed, but how would that help you?

You can do more than add one or two bullet points to your resume when you give it a 2018 makeover. You can put a tremendous amount of power and punch into your resume by adding a human voice.

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The Next Generation Of You: Doug Allen

By Jim Gehman

Perhaps it was a sign. Five months after Doug Allen was chosen by the Buffalo Bills in the second round of the 1974 NFL Draft out of Penn State, the veteran players were preparing to go on strike.

He and other select rookies gathered in Chicago for the annual College All-Star game against the defending Super Bowl champions, which was the Miami Dolphins. That was also when Allen first met a man who would become his future boss at the NFLPA.

“Ed Garvey, who was the Executive Director of the union at the time, came to ask the college all-stars to strike the game,” Allen said. “The union had called a strike for the preseason and the Dolphins wanted the strike to start after that game because they got paid for that game.

Ed and the board of player reps were real concerned that it would kill the strike before it started if the Dolphins played in that game. “The (all-stars) decided to practice and to strike the game if the union, at the end of the week, felt like the negotiations weren’t going to result in a settlement. In other words, we were doing everything we could to support the union. The league called the game off and sent everybody home.

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How Fathers Can Avoid Raising Mean Girls

Every relationship in your family is important and unique. As a father with a daughter, you need to be mindful of the example you are setting.

The “Mean Girl” archetype is a cultural construct and a cliche. But, as any racist will happily tell you, some cliches exist for a reason. The truth is that young women often exclude each other and behave in emotionally abusive ways without offering any sign of remorse. Girl bullies are as real as boy bullies. They’re just different. And smart parents can more easily step in to stop their children from engaging in behavior that they will, a few years further down the line, find themselves apologizing for at a reunion.

“The phrase emotional bullying is something that has been around for a long time,” says parenting counselor Ann Pleshette Murphy, who serves as a board member for the parenting non-profit Zero to Three. “It is very much what girls around middle school begin to exhibit because it’s just so important at that age to belong, to not be excluded and to compare yourself to others.”

Attacking those important needs is exactly the modus operandi of the mean girl. It’s what’s known as relational aggression. That’s a form of aggression where a victim’s social status is the target. Studies have shown that relational aggression is linked to depression in its victims.

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Shocking Before And After Photos Of 15 NFL Players Who Lost A Ton Of Weight In Retirement

By Cork Gaines

Many former athletes struggle with weight gain after their playing careers end. This is especially true among football players.

Some players are luckier and actually lose a ton of weight. In many cases, the players are now nearly unrecognizable.

One common theme among many of these players is the position they played.

Most of the players on the following pages were offensive lineman, suggesting those players do more to push their body weight to an extreme, developing dangerous habits like consuming massive numbers of calories to maintain their playing sizes.

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How Reggie Smith II Utilized The NFLPA Externship Program To Break Into The Corporate World
As a defensive back, Reggie Smith II was accustomed to the pressures of his duties in the secondary on the football field, including executing a game plan for the jerseys he was squaring up against. Today, the jerseys he plans for are for the ones being shipped out to millions of fans across the world as an Operations Supervisor at Fanatics.


Following a three-year playing career with the 49ers, Panthers and Raiders, Smith faced uncertainty heading into life after football.

“When I was first released, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do next,” Smith said. “I thought I would try and stay in shape and hope there would be other opportunities. I started to get connected with The Trust to figure out how I could finish my degree, since I had come out of college early and hadn’t graduated.”

Smith utilized The Trust Scholarship Award Benefit to finish his last year of school remotely at the University of Oklahoma. While finishing his degree, Smith worked with AthLife, The Trust’s career partner, to assist with putting him in the best position to succeed in the business world.

“They helped me with a lot. I really had no idea, and I probably should’ve paid better attention while I was playing,” Smith said. “{AthLife’s} transition coach helped me with getting my resume and things in order to position me to get a job, or at least have my resume seen by people who could actually pull the trigger and give me an opportunity.”
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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
Monday - Friday
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.
Off the Field is the national football player wives association 
Click HERE for more information on
Off The Field Players' Wives Association
Stay up to date on all the latest styles and save 50% on all merchandise at Cole Haan.

Shop the latest winter styles before they're all gone at Ike Behar. 

Represent your team and save 30% on NFL apparel with Fanatics.
Save money on passport and visa services with CIBT Visas.

Get the ultimate hookup on airline, car rentals, and hotels depending on date and location by calling World Travel Inc. and mentioning the NFLPA at 888-505-6375.

Check out the preferred member discount codes for AVIS, Enterprise, Hertz, Dollar Car, and Thrifty by logging in to your account and clicking the "car" tab.
Utilize our 15% off discount at Diamond Resorts International.

Receive 10% savings on best flexible rates at IHG Hotels

Visit Washington DC and receive 10-15% off the best available rate at the Mayflower Hotel (and stop by our office to say hello and update your info while you're at it)!
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To access the discount codes, sign in at

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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