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Former NFL Player Jerome Daniels Tackling Doctoral Degree

Jerome Daniels counseling manager in GCU’s doctoral department and in his second year of the Ph.D. process, hoping to earn his degree in performance psychology.
By Lana Sweeten-Shults
In high school, Jerome Daniels didn’t know much about football.

He played tennis. He played basketball. He was a swimmer and threw the shot put and discus in track.

It wasn’t until his senior year that football found him.

“I only joined football because they said I could get a scholarship,” said the 6-foot-5 Daniels, who was built to annihilate some defensive linemen

The retired Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman didn’t bank on an athletic career as the end goal; for him, it was a means to an end.

Instead, he always had his eye on getting an education. It was something Daniels, a counseling manager in Grand Canyon University’s doctoral department, never has allowed to fall into the background of his life. He is two years into the doctoral degree process, working to earn his Ph.D. in general psychology with an emphasis in performance psychology.

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Former NFL Player George Small Tabbed As Hoke County Football Coach

RAEFORD — Hoke County has tabbed former NFL player and Hoke alumnus George Small to be its next head football coach.

Small’s hiring is pending the approval of the school board.

Small, who is 61, has an extensive playing and coaching history, including spending his collegiate playing days with North Carolina A&T from 1975-78. He earned All-MEAC honors his senior season.

From there, he went on to play the 1980 season with the New York Giants before spending three years with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.

Small then began a 25-year career coaching at the collegiate level, joining the staffs of 10 programs. He served as head coach at Kentucky State from 1995-2000 and at A&T from 2003-05, leading the Aggies to the MEAC championship in his first season there. He was most recently with Florida A&M for the second time. He was there from 2008-2013, serving as associate head coach and defensive line coach.

Small faces a rebuilding challenge at Hoke, where he succeeds David Jorgensen as head coach.

Jorgensen steered the program for two seasons, accumulating a 2-20 record. Hoke finished fifth out of six teams in the Southeastern 4-A Conference in 2016 and last in the eight-team Sandhills Athletic Conference this season.

Hoke athletic director announced Jorgensen’s departure Nov. 8.
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We had a great time with the Knoxville chapter at their meet up! Meet up season is coming to a close but we still have a few more on our calendar. Stay up to date on events coming to your area by checking out 
The Baltimore Chapter recently held a meeting at Laurel Race Track in Maryland! They enjoyed brunch and socialized with one another while they watched a horse race that was dedicated to the chapter by the track!
The New York/New Jersey Meet Up was the perfect opportunity to enjoy food and drinks and hear about important NFLPA resources! Be sure to check out to learn more about all the resources and benefits available to you as lifetime NFLPA members. 


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

New York/New Jersey

Thursday, December 14, 2017
7 - 10 pm | Suite 36

Sunday, December 17, 2017
3-7 pm | Westside Men's Shelter & Loafers Bar and Grill


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


Wednesday, December 20, 2017
6 - 8 pm | Maggiano's

San Diego

Thursday, December 21, 2017
6 - 8 pm | Gordon Biersch

Dallas/Fort Worth

Thursday, December 28, 2017
6:30 - 8:30 pm | Chapel Anna Villa 

Los Angeles

Sunday, December 31, 2017
1 - 4 pm | Hollywood Park Casino



Monday, December 11, 2017
7 - 10 pm | Lucky Strike Philadelphia



Washington, D.C.

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



Millennials, Gen X'ers, Baby Boomers: Here's What To Do About Your Retirement Woes

By Kara Stiles, Forbes

Only about 50 percent of working American adults feel prepared to live comfortably in retirement. It’s a figure that remains relatively consistent across age groups, but each generation faces a retirement predicament of its own.

We spoke to Jennifer Brown, manager of research at the National Institute on Retirement Security, who has quick advice for three generations on boosting retirement readiness.

1. The generation: Millennials The downside:

The Pew Research Center reports millennials’ higher rates of student loan debt, poverty and unemployment, and lower wealth and personal income compared to Gen X and baby boomer generations when they were in the 20-35 age range.

The goal: Prioritize saving

The advice: “Open a retirement savings account, even if your employer does not provide one for you, and save early and often. Max out an IRA, if you are not offered an employer savings account,” says Brown. “Look into tax incentives such as the Federal Saver's Credit to increase your retirement savings and take full advantage of an employer match to save approximately 15% of your income.”

A Gallup report concluded that millennials are also more likely to hop between gigs than their predecessors—and they can leverage this job movement to reassess their savings and employer perks: “Consider retirement benefits when looking for and changing jobs,” advises Brown. “Many employers still provide traditional defined benefit pensions or generous employer matches to a 401(k).”

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5 Tech Skills That Can Empower Small Business Owners

By Laurence Bradford

Small business owners have a lot on their plates. For some, it might feel like they just don't have the time to invest in learning new skills.

However, finding the time to learn technical skills is one of the most powerful things a small business owner can do for their future.

Whether it's learning a software that helps run the business more efficiently, being able to build and maintain a website, or creating no-code apps to automate busywork, tech can change the course of any size company.

Here are a few of the tech skills that small business owners should consider learning.


As one of the simplest coding languages that exists, HTML is a good place to start. It's fairly quick and easy to learn, but really opens up the possibilities of what small business owners can do online.

Anita O'Malley, CEO of the small digital marketing agency Leadarati, says, "One tech language I learned early on was HTML coding. To me, it's as important as learning how to speak. It helped me not only refine the emails and websites my staff produces for our clients, but also create and maintain our own site. 
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The Weekend Effect

If you find yourself in a vicious cycle where your mental wellbeing is driven by getting to the weekend, you’re not alone. But it is no way to live a healthy life.

In a previous blog, I mentioned that most American workers report that their well-being increases on Friday evening and decreases dramatically on Sunday night to reach a low point on Monday morning.

Why does working, or even just the thought of working, affect our well-being so negatively? Is working inherently bad for us? Does it have to be?

Richard Ryan and his research team report that this “weekend effect “ is caused by a lack of autonomy at work, compared to the autonomy we experience on weekends through engaging in activities we are interested in. Weekends also give us opportunities to connect with important people in our lives.

A lot of research now shows that we need to experience three things in order to have high well-being. First, we need to feel competent in the activities we engage in.

Second, we need to have some autonomy to decide what we do, how we do it, when we do it, etc. Third, we need to have positive and meaningful relationships.

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Working America Open Enrollment Alert! December 15 Is Right Around The Corner!!
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6 Morning Routines That Are Hard To Adopt But Will Pay Off For Life

By Áine Cain/Business Insider

The early birds will inherit the earth.

At least that’s what a 2009 University of Leipzig study found. The researchers concluded that “morning people were more proactive than evening types.”

But being an effective early riser isn’t just about waking up before everyone else. It’s about putting yourself in a positive mindset and getting important things done before everyone else.

So there’s no point in setting your alarm clock at a crazy-early time if you’re just going to zone out in front of the television for a bit before slouching off to work.

To start your day right, you’ve got to get into some good habits.

Following are six morning rituals that may seem hard to adopt but will ultimately reap major rewards, if you stick with them.

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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
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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.

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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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