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Former NFL Player Motivates Williams High School Students

By Wendy Howell
Former NFL quarterback Travis Brown spent six seasons leading his teammates with the Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts, and another four seasons leading his teammates at Northern Arizona University (NAU), but these days Brown is leading in other ways and shared that with Williams High School (WHS) students Dec. 5.

Brown was brought to the school by the Williams Alliance and Yes I Can organizations in Williams.

“We are looking for enthusiastic speakers who can share their experiences of how they maintained positive decision making through the challenging years of high school and beyond,” said Rob Krombeen, with the Williams Alliance.

Brown spoke to the student body at WHS and shared his experiences with NAU and the NFL. As starting quarterback for NAU from 1995-1999, Brown broke many offensive records for the Lumberjacks. He then moved on to a six-year career in the NFL.

After sustaining several injuries, including two concussions, and enduring multiple surgeries to his shoulder, elbow and knee, Brown’s NFL career was cut short in 2005 while playing for the Colts.

Brown returned to Arizona, now with a wife and three children, and pursued an MBA at NAU where he began working in the athletic department.

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Former NFL Player, Gerald Sensabaugh Jr. Running For Sullivan County Mayor

By Robert Sorrell

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn.—Former National Football League player and David Crockett High School Head Coach Gerald S. Sensabaugh Jr. has picked up papers to run for Sullivan County mayor.

Sensabaugh picked up a petition on Wednesday to run for mayor as an Independent. If he qualifies, Sensabaugh will be featured on the November 2018 general election ballot.

Two other people, incumbent Mayor Richard S. Venable and Dave Clark, have picked up petitions to run for the Republican nomination during the May 2018 primary.

Whoever wins the Republican and Democratic primaries will then face Sensabaugh, and any other Independent candidates, in November. Only Venable has filed a signed petition.

Sensabaugh played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys before becoming a football coach at David Crockett High School in Washington County, Tennessee, in January 2017.

"It is true: I have decided to pick up my petition in order to run for Mayor of Sullivan County Tennessee," Sensabaugh said on his Facebook page on Wednesday.

"My goal is to be a true voice for the people. I appreciate all the support I’ve been receiving." Facebook Twitter Email Print Save
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The NFLPA Oklahoma Chapter recently gathered to meet and distribute signed footballs to the children at St. Francis Children's Hospital. If your chapter is participating in events that give back to the community this holiday season, email us photos at!
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. 


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


The 2017 Meet Up series is complete! When 2018 Meet Ups are confirmed we will post that information here, so be sure to check back soon!

Congratulations to Nashville Chapter President Ross Browner, who was recently awarded the Bronko Nagurski Legends Award, which recognizes outstanding defensive football players! Ross was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and set the Super Bowl record for tackles by a defensive lineman in Super Bowl XVI. Read about Ross and his career here:

The 19 Best Business Books Of 2017

By Richard Feloni and Shana Lebowitz

The holidays are the perfect time to catch up with some of the best business books of the year, or give one as a gift.

This year's highlights include Wall Street crime capers, a memoir about challenging gender discrimination in Silicon Valley, and an intimate look at a small American town that's been struggling since the Great Recession.

Take a look at our favorites this year and see what catches your interest.

'Black Edge' by Sheelah Kolhatkar

In 2014, the eighth employee of legendary investor Steve Cohen's hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors was convicted of insider trading. Cohen himself was not found guilty but was barred from managing outside capital until 2018.

"Black Edge" is the story of the Justice Department's investigation into SAC Capital, and New Yorker staff writer Sheelah Kolhatkar has made it as gripping as a thriller. If you're a fan of "Billions," it's worth checking out this authoritative take on the true story that's often just as dramatic as fiction.

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The Next Generation Of You: 
Darrin Nelson

By Jim Gehman

A first-round draft choice in 1982, running back Darrin Nelson led Minnesota in rushing five of his first eight seasons before become a part of NFL history when he and fellow running back Hershel Walker were among the 18 players and draft choices involved the league’s all-time biggest trade between the Vikings and the Dallas Cowboys.

“I was pretty surprised to say the least,” Nelson said. “But what can I do afterwards? If you’re playing in the National Football League, you have to accept those kinds of things. So I accepted it. Well, I didn’t accept it. I went to Dallas to kind of check it out because they flew us down there the next morning. But I didn’t really feel that I wanted to play in Dallas, and I didn’t. I told them that they can either trade me or I would retire. So they traded me to San Diego.”

After finishing out the 1989 season and playing in 1990 with the Chargers, Nelson backtracked to Minnesota where he rejoined the Vikings as a free agent.

“I didn’t want to go anywhere else. My family was still in Minnesota. They hadn’t moved because my wife was the (state’s) assistant attorney general,” Nelson said. “She wasn’t moving so I was eventually going to go back at some point.”

Following the 1992 campaign, his 11th season, Nelson retired and backtracked again. This time to his alma mater, Stanford University, where he worked his way up to become a senior associate athletic director. In 2011, he moved down the Pacific coast for a similar position at the University of California, Irvine.

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6 Amazing Things Probiotics Can Do For Your Entire Body

By Jenn Sinrich

Gut health is garnering quite a lot of attention these days, and the hype isn’t dying down any time soon. Scientists are finally starting to understand how your microbiome, or the vast variety of bacteria that live within your gut—and entire body—can impact your health. You might assume that bacteria is always harmful, but your body actually depends on some of these microorganisms to function at its best.

Basically, your intestines have more bacterial cells than human cells, and they contain both "good" and "bad" bacteria. These good-for-you bacteria, known as probiotics, live in your gut and help prevent “bad bacteria” from setting up shop, which can impact everything from your immune system to your bowel movements to your skin, explains Jerome Garden, M.D., the director of the Physicians Laser and Dermatology Institute in Chicago.

You can get probiotics from supplements, but you can also take them in naturally through fermented foods like yogurt, olives, sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, kombucha, and wine, explains Abbey Sharp, R.D., founder of Abbey’s Kitchen. Each of these foods contains their own unique strains of bacteria. Here, six ways these beneficial bugs might do your body good.
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Coaching For Success Workshop

Join us for our one day workshop during the annual American Football Coaches (AFCA) Convention. We will provide you with skills that will positively impact your ability to advance within the coaching field while embracing your personal brand within the landscape of football.

As part of the workshop, The Trust will also be hosting the Locker Room Lounge – an exclusive event featuring the College Football Championship viewing party.

Former and current players will learn about transitioning into coaching careers and receive first-hand advice from successful coaches and other professionals who work in athletics.

Workshop Highlights: · Mock interviews · Navigating the industry · Resume building · Complimentary food & beverages This event is exclusively for active and former NFL players and special invited guests.
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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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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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