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Office Closing:
December 23- January 2
Happy Holidays!!!!




Football Star Finds New Career In Firefighting

Kregg Lumpkin has suited up as a Stephenson Jaguar, a Georgia Bulldog and on Sundays in the NFL, but nothing compares to the uniform he now wears as a Clayton County firefighter.
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Former NFL Player Works As Youth Mentor

MINNEAPOLIS (KTRK) -- An NFL Hall of Famer is now gracing the halls of a school in the Minneapolis area, trying to make a difference in the lives of kids.

Nearly 500 students spend their day at Neill Elementary School in Crystal, Minneapolis. And so does former Viking Randal McDaniel.

"The kids love him. He is just this personality in the building that is gregarious, he's kind, he is willing to do whatever our kids need," said Neill Elementary principal Jodi Markworth.

The school principal says what many of the kids need is some extra support and one-on-one time with an adult who can help them with reading and math.

"That's why I love working here. I love trying to make a difference in a child's life. I love seeing that light bulb moment with the kids I work with and the kids in the class when they finally get it," McDaniel said.

McDaniel's work in schools started when he was playing for the Vikings in the 1990s.

He went from being a volunteer in classrooms across the Robbinsdale district to becoming a full-time educational assistant at Neill Elementary 10 years ago.

"A lot of people don't get to see a male in the classroom, a male of color, someone who looks like them," said McDaniel.
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The Washington, DC 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. 
The NFLPA Nashville Chapter volunteered at a toy drive for local families, ultimately giving toys to over 5,400 children! (From left to right: John Pointer, Catfish, Natalie Simpson, Nate Simpson, Herman Hunter, Dwight Wheeler, Wamon Buggs, Brenard Wilson, Ross B., Rylan Browner, Rev. Dale)

If your chapter is participating in events that give back to the community this holiday season, email us photos at!

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!


10 Tips To Remove Distractions And Be More Productive In Business

By Collin McDowell

It's easy to feel as if we are always behind. Distractions vie for our attention from the moment we wake up until the moment we go to sleep. Trying to be productive in the midst of chaos is a bigger challenge than most of us would like to admit.

As a real estate agent and agent trainer, I have seen how the information overload can kill a business in this industry. Without functional systems in place, agents lose clients, get bad reviews or simply never reach their full potential because other agents and firms will find their own ways to leave competition in the dust. Luckily, it is possible to remove some of those distractions and create a productive plan to help you accomplish more in your real estate career.

Here are 10 tips to removing distractions and implementing solid organization to give your business a boost.

1. Write down and own your strengths and weaknesses. For example, maybe you're great with people but lack in the follow-up department, so you like running open houses but your marketing could use some help. Identifying your strengths and weaknesses helps you determine how you can best serve your clients with your talents, and where you need to improve — both important factors to being prepared for the next shift in the real estate market.

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Looking Back On Looking Back

Dear Fellow Former Players & Friends,

What follows is one of my first posts on YourPAF. At the end of the year, I take some time to reflect on the year that has passed. I wanted to repost this entry, as it seems to be relevant each year in the final few weeks. I look forward to looking forward come the start of 2018…

Do you ever sit and think about all the things you could have done differently. Things that would make life a little sweeter now? When do I get to win in this life?

When am I going to break free? It’s a tough place to be emotionally, but it’s also human nature to reflect and look back on where we’ve been. It’s easy to dwell on poor decisions of the past. But it’s never too late to win in this life. Constantly looking back at what could have been is a dangerous practice that blocks personal growth and development. Let today be the start to making an ‘excellent’ ending.

Today is the key word here. Beyond lessons learned, digging up the old emotions connected to failure can’t help us today. Live in the present. No matter how hurtful the past has been, stop yourself from the unproductive exercise of refusing to turn the page. Take personal inventory, in this present moment, of where you are physically, emotionally, financially and psychologically. Be realistic in your assessment.

You get to write your own ending, but successfully reaching a goal takes time, patience and discipline. Discipline…that’s a word you know well. You have become a master of discipline. 

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The Rise And Fall Of Craving
We can outsmart the relapse tendency if we know how it works.

A couple of years ago I came across a paper in Addiction Biology called “Recent updates on incubation of drug craving: a mini-review.” The studies it summarized show that drug craving has a distinct timetable. I want to review and comment on these findings. They can be immensely valuable if you’re trying to stay recovered.

The paper reviews research on rats as well as humans. And why not? We’re all mammals and we share a lot of the same neural hardware. But while we have a similar “motivational brain,” humans have other problems that make rodent life look like easy street. We have this enormous cortex (linked to a hippocampus that fills it with zillions of explicit memories), and so the cues that trigger craving often come from, and are magnified by, our own ruminations. That can be a real drag.

Most of the studies in this review involve rats. In a typical study, rats get themselves addicted to cocaine, meth, or heroin (with considerable help from humans), and then their supply is cut off. After the withdrawal period is over, the rats are given cues that are associated with the drug they were on. These are called “conditioned stimuli” in Pavlovian conditioning. Then the experimenters measure how much the rats crave the drug (based on how often they take it, or how much they hang out in the place where it gets delivered) in the days and weeks that follow. The craving goes up, not down, as time goes on. And then finally it peaks and diminishes several weeks later.
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Brain Enhancement: Exercise Literally Makes It  Grow Bigger

By Melissa Matthews

There’s no shortage of supplements promising to boost your brain power, but a new study indicates you don’t have to turn to Ginkgo Biloba for mental health. Instead, exercising a few days a week could improve memory and slow the signs of aging.

Research in lab animals has shown that physical activity can increase hippocampal size, but in humans, the results have been less compelling. So, scientists from Western Sydney University in Australia and the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom delved into how aerobic activity impacts this vital part of the brain, according to a release. The hippocampus helps us form memories and gradually shrinks as we age.

Research in lab animals has shown that physical activity can increase hippocampal size, but in humans, the results have been less compelling. So, scientists from Western Sydney University in Australia and the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom delved into how aerobic activity impacts this vital part of the brain, according to a release. The hippocampus helps us form memories and gradually shrinks as we age.

The team reviewed 14 clinical trials that included brain scans of 737 people before and after aerobic activity. The sample included a wide mix of healthy people, those with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s disease as well as mental illnesses such as depression. People were 66 years old on average and participated in a variety of exercises including walking, treadmill running or riding a stationary bike. Studies ranged from three months to two years and looked at the effects of exercising two to five times a week.
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Freddy Keiaho:
Retirement And Life After 
The Game

Freddy Keiaho is a former NFL LB who played for 5 years from 2006 to 2010. Freddy was part of the Colts' Super Bowl XLI victory in 2007.

Q: When contemplating retirement, what questions were going through your mind? Who did you turn to for answers?

My main concern was my health issues. I had a lot of concussions and I didn't want any long-term health effects from the concussions. So, it was fear, uncertainty, and frustration.

I was always the person who was of the mind of, "I don’t identify with being a football player." I identified with so many other things, and I distanced myself from that – So, I kind of minimized the transition emotions that were going to happen and occur. And I think too many guys minimize that transition.

I mean, I’m still transitioning. I’ve had three really great opportunities for careers, and I think I’ve finally settled on my one. But, it’s really tough to find out what you want after your first love is gone. With football, we’ve done it our whole lives –It was something we’ve been programmed to do. And we’ve lived the dream. But finding a way to extend that dream and finding fulfillment in other careers, it’s a challenge and that’s okay.

Q: What was your support network like when you were retiring?
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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
Caitlin Arneson
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.

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Executive Director
Tyrone Allen
Caryl Banks
Leslie Isler


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Chris Smith
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Adora Williams
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Brian Francis

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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
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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
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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. 

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


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