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    ANNUAL REPORT AVAILABLE NOW

    PCF is pleased to share the completion of its 2021 Annual Report. PCF's 2021 Annual Report details one of our Foundation's most challenging, yet rewarding fiscal years to date and is available in the Programs tab -> PCF Financial Assistance -> Annual Report.

    OVERVIEW

    The NFL Player Care Foundation (PCF) is an independent organization dedicated to helping retired players improve their quality of life. PCF addresses all aspects of life by providing programs and assistance with medical, emotional, financial, social and community issues.

    The National Football League recognizes the enormous contributions former players have had in the development and success of America’s favorite sport -- NFL football. To acknowledge and express appreciation for their contributions, the NFL Owners, in partnership with the NFL Players Association, Pro Football Hall of Fame and the NFL Alumni Association, created the NFL Player Care Foundation (PCF) in September 2007.

    PCF is administered by a board of eight directors. The National Football League, NFL Players Association, Pro Football Hall of Fame and the NFL Alumni Association are each appointed a nominated director.  In addition, four outside directors share their expertise in foundation management, mental health, social welfare issues, and healthcare.

    The Foundation is committed to improving its outreach and impact so that it may better serve retired players. PCF uses a unique case management model that focuses on individualized strategies to help players through challenging times. Through its partnerships and the Foundation’s diverse board membership, it is poised to effectively communicate, understand and serve the needs of those players whose careers contributed to the enormous success of the NFL.  

     

    PROGRAMS

    STATISTICS

    Player Care Foundation puts numbers on the board.

    Financial Contributions

    $21.6 Million

    ...

    Players Assisted

    2102

    ...

    Research Distribution

    $12.2 Million

    ...

    Players Screened

    6385

    Financial Contributions

    $21.6 Million

    ...

    Players Assisted

    2102

    ...

    Research Distribution

    $12.2 Million

    ...

    Players Screened

    6385

    Statistics representative of the Player Care Foundation since its inception in September 2007

    2018 Medical Research

    The NFL Player Care Foundation (PCF) is proud to partner with one of the nation’s premier medical providers ‐ Tulane University School of Medicine ‐ to conduct its Healthy Body and Mind Screening Program. PCF screenings are offered as part of the Foundation’s research programs, which help to advance public awareness and scientific understanding of health issues that affect former NFL players. With consent from players participating in screenings, clinical information is gathered and used for important research initiatives that may lead to advances that improve the lives of NFL retirees.

    PCF is pleased to share with you published research based on data collected through the NFL Player Care Foundation’s Healthy Body and Mind Screening Program. The abstracts are now included in the most recent American College of Sports Medicine (ACMS) journal and were presented at the ACMS conference in June 2018. The two research topics are:

    •The Prevalence of Obesity and Diabetes Mellitus in a Former Professional Football Player Populations

    •The Prevalence of Hypertension in a Population of Former Professional Football Players

    Official Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine

    NEWS

  • September 26, 2022
  • Giants’ beloved athletic trainer Ronnie Barnes joining Ring of Honor

     

    By Charlotte Carroll

    Bill Parcells was quiet the morning of Super Bowl XXI.

    The Giants coach was at breakfast with Ronnie Barnes, who could tell Parcells was nervous. So the team’s head trainer asked him what was up.

    “Oh, I’m just worried about John Elway,” Parcells recalls telling Barnes about the Broncos legend.

    The trainer gave the perfect confidence-boosting response.

    “We’re going to chase Elway out into the parking lot,” Barnes assured Parcells.

    The two men grabbed a taxi, an early morning ritual they often shared no matter the kickoff time, and rode over to Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif. Parcells enjoyed the quiet time and Barnes was a good confidant with whom to discuss the game, in addition to players’ injury statuses.

    With a 3 p.m. PT start to the Super Bowl, Parcells had to wait a bit to watch his Giants hound Elway. But by night’s end, they had sacked Elway three times, intercepted him once, and Parcells, Barnes and the Giants left California as Super Bowl champions.

    Barnes went on to win three more Super Bowls during his, 47-year career (and counting) with the Giants. But that first one remains special to him. When he first arrived in East Rutherford, N.J., the conversation around the team was centered on the extended suffering of decades without a title. So Barnes understandably feels nostalgic remembering hearing Neil Diamond sing the national anthem and watching the sun set in Pasadena ushering in a new era for the franchise.

    “That’s a memory that’s etched in my brain forever,” said Barnes, who is now the team’s senior vice president of medical services.

    A constant in the Giants organization over the past half century, Barnes’ work behind the scenes will be celebrated publicly during halftime of Monday night’s matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. He will be inducted into the Giants’ Ring of Honor, joining 49 others who played an influential role in the franchise’s history, including longtime friend Parcells.

    “He was a major factor in the history of the franchise,” Parcells told The Athletic. “He’s been the same person for those four Super Bowls. You know, even the equipment people have changed a little bit. The video people change. The owners have changed. I mean he’s been a constant. He’s just a terrific guy. I love him, and that’s the best way I can put it.”

    This year’s class also includes former running backs Joe Morris, Ottis Anderson and Rodney Hampton, along with defensive end Leonard Marshall, defensive back Jimmy Patton and halfback/receiver Kyle Rote. While Barnes has earned so many honors over his career, none have encompassed everything he’s meant to the Giants organization quite like the Ring of Honor induction.

    “You just just watch the way he carries himself on the field and in the locker room and in the training room, he’s in charge,” Giants president and CEO John Mara told The Athletic. “But he just has a way of dealing with people, getting them to talk to him and to trust him, and it’s just painfully obvious to me and watching the players interact with him, that they do trust them, that they know that he’s going to give them the best possible care.”

    Discussions about including Barnes in the Ring of Honor began about a year ago. It was a no-brainer for John and his brothers, Chris and Frank Mara, John said. While players were informed of Barnes’ induction in training camp this summer, Barnes found out in February at his surprise 70th birthday party. The whole Mara family was there, and there was even a gifted jersey bearing the No. 12 — symbolizing his status as “the 12th Mara child.”

    “He’s part of the family,” John said.

    Barnes spent a lot of time with and developed a close bond with the late Wellington Mara, John’s father and the team’s former owner, as well as Wellington’s wife, Ann Mara.

    Barnes regularly attended the family’s annual Christmas Eve party hosted by Ann. She also used to drag Barnes to charity dinners. A couple decades back, Wellington invited Barnes to the Super Bowl as a guest. Now Barnes has attended every Super Bowl since the 1990s, except the during the COVID-19-plagued 2020 season.

    Barnes was also there for the Maras during one of the their most painful moments — Wellington’s death in October 2005.

    Barnes used to visited Wellington at Memorial Sloan Kettering during his friend’s battle with cancer. After work at the Giants training facilities, he’d spend the night settled into a chair in Wellington’s room — missing few nights over the course of a month, save when there were road games. The old friends would fill the hours with long talks about football, family and life. Baseball was also a topic of conversation. Unfortunately for Barnes, who doesn’t closely follow the sport, the Cleveland Guardians made a late playoff push that year, which meant he had to phone a friend to check in on the team’s success.

    Former Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi was on the receiving end of a midnight call.

    “He says, ‘Mr. Mara keeps asking about Cleveland. I don’t know anything about them,’” Accorsi said with a laugh remembering the call.

    Barnes cherishes those final conversations with Wellington: “For me to be there with my friend at the end of his life, it’s impacted my life forever.”

    Just as Barnes has constantly shown up for the Maras, his players and so many others within the franchise, there will be a large contingent returning Monday night to honor the trainer who has always been there for them. Barnes was tasked with the difficult decision of choosing a player to present him with a Giants jacket during the ceremony. He selected former kicker Brad Daluiso with whom he forged a close bond over dinners — playing in New York, Daluiso was far from home as a California native. Daluiso often wandered into Barnes’ office, and their relationship bloomed.

    “He has touched every athlete that has come through those doors,” Daluiso said. “During Ronnie’s tenure, none of those athletes (in the Giants’ Ring of Honor) would be there without him. … No Giant, I feel, deserves it as much as he does.”

    Talking to those in Barnes’ orbit, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t reached out to Barnes to seek his counsel about doctors visits, surgeries, family illnesses and injuries beyond playing days:

    • Even though Daluiso is in San Diego, Barnes’ advice and his medical contacts stretch all the way to him in California.

    • Accorsi remembers that Barnes stayed in the waiting room until his bypass surgery was complete and the doctor said he was OK.

    • Former Giants guard Rich Seubert missed the 2004 season with a broken leg. Not only did Barnes assist with rehab for such a major injury, but he was there for Seubert at 2 a.m. to hook up an IV to help fight the flu ahead of a Monday Night football game. Even in Seubert’s post-playing career, Barnes is still doling out advice to him about his kids’ football and softball injuries.

    “He’s the first guy I want to talk to,” Seubert said.

    Not only do John Mara and his family turn to Barnes for medical advice, the co-owner will frequently talk with Barnes to get a sense of the team’s mood, too. Mara calls Barnes one of the most respected and revered people in the building.

    “He never betrays a confidence,” Mara says. “He always keeps players’ personal information confidential, (and) oftentimes he has the pulse of the team.”

    Every time Reggie Scott turns around at industry events, the VP of sports medicine and performance for the Los Angeles Rams gets a kick out of seeing Barnes talking to someone new. It’s always cool to see just how far Barnes’ network extends, he said.

    When Scott arrived to the NFL, he knew of Barnes’ status as a widely respected trainer and teacher. Over the years, Barnes became a mentor to Scott. He’s always encouraged the younger athletic trainer, calling to talk shop about handling injuries or discuss Scott’s role as president of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society. Barnes’ positive reinforcement has helped Scott feel he’s traveling down the right path. When Scott learned of Barnes’ Ring of Honor induction, he mailed a handwritten card of congratulations to New Jersey. He wanted to show respect and recognition to someone who’s done so much for so many.

    “This is an athletic trainer, and his name is getting put up in the rafters of a stadium. That’s a big deal,” Scott said.

    Being surrounded by the next generation of trainers is one of Barnes’ favorite aspects of the job. Working with Dr. Russell Warren, the Giants senior team physician, the pair have helped train other trainers and team physicians, who are now with NFL teams across the country.

    Barnes had a mentor in an orthopedic surgeon himself, Dr. Tyson Jennette, from whom he learned under at Fike High School in North Carolina. Jennette said Barnes absorbed information “like a sponge,” as they worked together.

    Barnes was the first African American graduate of the sports medicine department at East Carolina and went on to a job with Michigan State while also pursuing a master’s degree there.

    When he landed with the Giants, he arrived as one of the youngest head trainers in the league. He almost didn’t take the offer, enjoying the pageantry of college football. But Barnes now calls the decision to join the Giants the best he’s ever made. His list of accomplishments and honors is long and includes and enshrinement in the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 1999, along with multiple trainer of the year honors. He was recently inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.

    Helping the next generation is a legacy he hopes to leave, as he’s tried to set the bar high for sports medicine.

    “Because I grew up in the segregated South, I’ve always felt that I had to be a little bit better than everyone else and sustain that in order to to be successful. I hope that by example, that I not only help other minorities, but that I help other people interested in this field,” Barnes said. “Every avenue that I could put my finger on, I’ve tried to be involved in, and I hope that others will try to lead that way.”

    As for what Monday’s ceremony means to Barnes as he processes the honor:

    “I’m here because of the players and I’m here to help the players,” Barnes said. “I’m a servant of the players. And to be among those greats, I mean it’s the greatest feeling in the world. I’ve probably received every award there is to have in athletic training and sports medicine. And this tops it all.”

    Charlotte Carroll covers the New York Giants for The Athletic. She previously covered the University of Connecticut basketball and the WNBA's Connecticut Sun for The Athletic and wrote for Sports Illustrated. She interned at The Denver Post and Field & Stream magazine. Follow Charlotte on Twitter @charlottecrrll

    EVENTS

    PCF is pleased to announce that its Healthy Body & Mind Screening Program will resume in September 2021. Out of an abundance of caution, new protocols are in place to ensure the safety of all in attendance: no significant others will be screened; maximum 45 attendees per day; all pre-registration paperwork must be completed and submitted prior to confirmation of appointment; no walk-in appointments available. Should you have any questions in advance, please email Dana.Lihan@NFL.com.

    DATE TITLE LOCATION TIME REGISTRATION
    February 8-10 Healthy Body & Mind Screening Program Tempe, AZ 8am - 2pm
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    Eligibility

    PCF grant applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, in adherence to the following eligibility guidelines:

     • Applicant must be a former NFL player with at least one credited season of NFL play or two seasons of at least eight games each season as a practice player; widows and children of deceased former NFL players, who would otherwise be eligible for support, may also apply.

    • Applicant must meet financial qualifications

    • Applicants are required to wait at least 3 years from their last assistance before reapplying

    Grants Supported by PCF

    • Basic living expenses, including transportation and utilities

    • Shelter and housing, including rental and mortgage assistance, and assisted living facilities fees and expenses

    • Ongoing quality of life expenses such as prescription drugs, medical equipment and supplies, nursing care, and medical treatment

    • Medically-necessary joint replacement surgeries approved by the NFL Player Care Plan and related post-operative rehabilitation, including incidental fees and expenses

    • Funeral expenses

    Grants Not Supported by PCF

    • Alimony

    • Taxes

    • Child Support

    • Tuition Assistance

    • Fines, penalties or legal expenses, except in extraordinary circumstances

    • Luxury items, including cable/satellite television, multiple cell phones, homes or cars

    • Credit cards, unless accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation

    Grant Guidelines

    • All grants shall be made on an objective and non-discriminatory basis, without regard to race, gender, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability

    • Payments shall be made to creditors rather than individual grant recipients

    • All grants shall be awarded on a case-by-case basis

    • The Board of Directors shall have discretion to interpret these guidelines and shall have final authority to make determinations as to all grant awards

    • The Foundation’s directors, officers, employees and their family members are not eligible to receive grant awards or other support from the Foundation

    PCF Career Programs

    In May of 2020, the NFL Player Care Foundation launched its NFL PCF Career Portal. The Portal allows players to browse and apply for opportunities that were posted by hiring managers across the country. We are proud that we were able to provide career resources, opportunities, and hope to players at a time when our country was facing record unemployment numbers that were fueled by COVID-19. Since its initial launch, we have had over 850 former players register to network and interview with 60+ employers, including PepsiCo, FedEx Ground, Visa, Lowe’s, NBC Sports, and many of our NFL clubs. Additionally, with assistance from Atrium Workforce Solutions, PCF has been able to review, update and improve over 340 player resumes.

    In addition to the introduction of our Inaugural Kickoff Career Fair in September 2021, which followed a successful 3rd Annual Super Bowl Career Fair in February 2021, PCF is making a concerted effort to diversify the career offerings on our portal. We have started engaging with municipalities and national non-profits to hire NFL Legends. Visa will also be launching their “NFL Players in Business Development Program” this fall. The 2-year paid rotational program will expose NFL Legends to different departments across Visa. I believe this innovative model is one that other employers will adopt in the years to come."

    PCF looks forward to the continued growth of its NFL PCF Career Programs in the upcoming fiscal year.

    Notice of Privacy Practices

    Your Information. Your Rights. Our Responsibilities.

    PCF Notice of Privacy Practices (2021 Update)

    Annual Report

    We are pleased to share with you the NFL Player Care Foundation’s Annual Report covering the 2019 fiscal year.  It is our hope that the publication provides you with a broader understanding of our work and the contributions we have made to improve the quality of former players’ lives since our inception in 2007.

    PCF, its dedicated Board of Directors and Staff are proud of how far the Foundation has come and the number of lives we have touched.  To that end, we also remain committed to evolving with our former player community and educating the public on the complex issues that impact our retirees and their families.  It has been a privilege to give back to those whose contributions have helped advance this great game and teaming with our wonderful partners who enable us to most effectively serve our retired player community.

    2017 NFL Player Care Foundation Annual Report (PDF)

    2018 NFL Player Care Foundation Annual Report (PDF)

    2019 NFL Player Care Foundation Annual Report (PDF)

    2020 NFL Player Care Foundation Annual Report (PDF)

    2021 NFL Player Care Foundation Annual Report (PDF)

    2022 NFL Player Care Foundation Annual Report (PDF)

    Disaster Relief

    PCF continues to monitor the impact of Hurricane Ian and is here to serve former NFL players in need. Please find a list of additional resources below, including information on applying for FEMA Emergency Assistance. Affected individuals residing impacted communities may also qualify for an emergency grant from the NFL Player Care Foundation. To inquire, please reach out to info@nflplayercare.com.

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    Healthy Body & Mind Screening Program

    The NFL Player Care Foundation (PCF) is proud to partner with the NFL Alumni Association and one of the nation’s premier medical providers ‐ Tulane University School of Medicine ‐ to conduct its Healthy Body and Mind Screening program. This FREE national screening program is open to all former NFL players and includes a series of cardiovascular and prostate screenings and mental health resources and education. With consent from players participating in screenings, clinical information gathered will be used for important research initiatives that may lead to advances that improve the lives of NFL retirees.  NFL Player Care Foundation screenings are offered as part of PCF’s research programs, which help to advance public awareness and scientific understanding of health issues that affect former NFL players.

    Please call 954-639-4584 for additional information on this program.

    NFL Healthcare Hotline

    The NFL Healthcare Hotline is a free telephone service that connects former players to a trained Customer Service Advocate (CSA). These CSAs are on call from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM to answer questions regarding NFL player benefits and can help players maximize the health insurance options available to them under the Affordable Care Act. For more information on the hotline program and the new Affordable Care Act, you may log onto www.NFLHealthCareInformation.com or call 1-800-NFL-GOAL or 1-800-635-4625.

    www.NFLHealthCareInformation.com

    NFL Joint Replacement Program

    The NFL Joint Replacement Program provides medical and financial resources to retired players who are uninsured or lack the financing to have joint replacement surgery.

    The Plan provides the Basic Benefit to any Eligible Player. If you are covered by insurance, the Basic Benefit is the lesser of (i) $5,250 or (ii) your co-insurance for health care items or services directly related to your surgery, such as your co-pays, provided the expense was incurred within one year of your surgery. If your surgery was performed before October 1, 2009, the $5,250 benefit was $5,000.

    If a player is not covered by insurance and does not have the means to pay for this surgery, he may qualify for financial assistance from the NFL Player Care Foundation. In that case, he will not bear any of the costs associated with the surgery as long as the surgery is at one of several specially designated facilities. In addition, most normal complications arising from surgery are covered in full, up to a maximum of $250,000.

    For more information regarding the Joint Replacement Benefit Program or to receive an application, please contact 1-800-NFL-GOAL or 1-800-635-4625.

    Who is eligible for the Program?

    To be eligible for the Basic Benefit, you must be a Retired Player and an independent, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon or Rheumatologist must certify, on a form provided by the Plan, that surgery to replace your knee, hip or shoulder is medically necessary. You must then send the certification, along with a completed application, to the Benefits Administrator to obtain confirmation that you are an Eligible Player. Effective November 1, 2010, if you apply for Joint Replacement Benefits after your surgery, the Benefits Administrator must receive the certification and completed application no later than 365 days after the date of the surgery.

    What are the Benefits?

    If players are covered by insurance, the Program will pay or reimburse the lesser of (i) $5,250 or (ii) the co-insurance for health care items or services directly related to their surgery. Players are also entitled to special treatment on a VIP basis if they elect to have their surgery at one of the healthcare facilities designated by the NFL Former Player Life Improvement Plan.

    How do players apply?

    Players must complete an application and a HIPAA authorization form. Also, they must have a Board Certified Orthopedist or Rheumatologist complete the form to certify that joint replacement surgery is medically necessary. Application materials are available by calling the NFL Player Benefits Department at 1-800-NFL-GOAL or 1-800-635-4625.

    NFL Life Line

    In 2012, the National Football League provided a grant to establish the NFL Life Line for members of the NFL family—current and former NFL players, coaches, team and league staff, and their family members, who may be in crisis. The NFL Life Line is a free, confidential and independently operated resource that connects callers with trained counselors who can help individuals work through any personal or emotional crisis. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. To be connected with a counselor, individuals can simply call 1-800-506-0078 or chat online.

    www.nfllifeline.org

    NFL Player Benefits Office

    The NFL Player Benefits Office provides administration services for the following collectively bargained benefit plans: Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan, NFL Player Supplemental Disability Plan, NFL Player Second Career Savings Plan, NFL Player Annuity Program and the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan. By calling 1-800-638-3186 or logging onto www.nflplayerbenefits.com, players can get information regarding which benefits they are eligible to receive, the amount of the benefit, and when and how they can receive the benefits they have earned. The Plan Office has customer service agents who are trained to help you understand and apply for your NFL benefits. They can also answer general questions regarding other collectively bargained benefits that are not administered by the Plan Office and direct players to other resources and benefits available through the NFL or the NFLPA.

     

    www.nflplayerbenefits.com

    Brookdale

    If you or someone you love needs extra help beyond what you can provide, you don’t have to go it alone. Thanks to a partnership with the NFL Player Care Foundation, Brookdale Senior Living provides special discounts and priority access to eligible players and qualifying family members for their senior housing and care needs, including Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care. Brookdale offers a choice of more than 700 communities in 42 states, covering geographic areas where many former players now live.

     

    WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

    Brookdale has agreed to grant priority access to eligible players. Frequently, that means a player will not have to wait to move into a community of their choice in addition to the program discounts available:

    • 7.5% discount on Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care

    • 10% discount on Private Duty Home Care

    • Respite stay discounts (variable by community)

     

    WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE PROGRAM?

    Discounts are available to both current and previous NFL players and their family members, including: Spouses, Parents, Stepparents, Siblings, In-Laws, Adult Children, Adult Stepchildren, Grandparents and Step-Grandparents

     

    HOW DOES A PLAYER GET THE BENEFITS?

    A player can take advantage of these benefits by contacting Brookdale Senior Living directly and identifying himself as a current or previous NFL Player or family member. Additionally, he can contact the NFL Player Benefits Department at 1-800-NFL-GOAL or 1-800-635-4625.

     

    CONTACTS

    Brookdale Senior Living (Preferred Provider): (844) 585-5501

    Visit www.brookdale.com/nfl

    Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund

    The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund is an independent non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, established to provide financial and medical assistance to dire need retired NFL players and their families in dire need. Gridiron Greats Board of Directors consist of: Mike Ditka, Marv Levy, Gale Sayers, Kyle Turley and Matt Birk.

    www.gridirongreats.org

    NFL Player Engagement

    NFL Player Engagement optimizes and revolutionizes the personal and professional growth of football players through continuous guidance and support before, during and beyond their NFL experience. NFL Player Engagement prepares and supports players with matters such as Education, Physical and Mental Health, Family Safety, Lifestyle and Transition into their post-NFL life. Their goal is to serve and assist as a resource for parents, coaches and athletes in using football as a catalyst to build and develop life skills for success.

    www.nflplayerengagement.com

    NFL Legends

    The Legends Community was developed to embrace and celebrate all who have played in the NFL. Its mission is to bring opportunities and information to former players through other members of the Legends Community and to help them stay connected with former teammates and players they met during their playing days.

    There are a number of resources available to assist former players following their playing career. These resources include benefits they may be entitled to including career development, financial, medical, or educational assistance, and total wellness.  The NFL Legends Community is designed to be the single source for information regarding all of these programs.

    For additional information, please visit: http://www.nfllegendscommunity.com/

     

     

    Professional Athletes Foundation

    The Professional Athletes Foundation (PAF) provides financial support to any professional or amateur football player or his immediate family in times of financial crisis. PAF is governed by an elected board of directors that oversee all aspects of the funding process.

    https://www.yourpaf.com/about/#.VuBxPvkrK70 

    NFL Alumni Association

    The NFL Alumni Association is a nationwide group of former National Football League players, coaches, and other employees whose mission is to serve, assist, and inform former players and their families.  The association offers a variety of medical, financial, and social programs to help members lead healthy, productive, and connected lives, as well as community initiatives under its "Caring for Kids" programs.  For more information, please visit www.nflalumni.org.

    The Trust

    The Trust is designed to provide an ecosystem of support for former players, with an emphasis on overall health and successful transition from professional football. The Trust staff counsels players through a wellness plan across six primary pillars: Brain and Body, Career, Education, Financial, Lifestyle and Personal Interaction.

    The Trust emerged from the commitment of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and its members to ensure that players are provided access to benefits and services that assist in their success beyond the game of football. It culminates the hard-fought efforts of past and present CBA battles to better serve former NFL players. As such, The Trust is a benefit earned by NFL Players.

    www.playerstrust.com

    Pro Football Hall of Fame

    Since opening it's door in 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has grown in both size and stature. A founding memeber of the NFL Player Care Foundation Board of Directors since its 2007 inception, today, the Pro Hall of Fame stands to Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values, and Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE. For additional informtion on the Pro Football Hall of Fame please visit http://www.profootballhof.com/ 

    Pro Football Retired Players Association

    Pro Football Retired Players Association (PFRPA) is an independent and court established retired NFL player organization, designed to develop programs and benefits for the betterment of retired NFL players. PFRPA oversees the Greater Good Fund, its 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, which is specifically designed to develop health, welfare and educational programs for retired NFL players. The association’s comprehensive insurance plans, the PFRPA Dental Plan and PFRPA Vision Plan, are available to its membership. PFRPA brought on WME | IMG to establish an independent agency known as the Football Greats Alliance (FGA). It creates, develops and manages new revenue streams through the strategic development of retired player publicity rights.

     

    PFRPA Board of Directors consist of: Jim Brown, Dave Robinson, Darrell Thompson, Billy Joe DuPree, Mike Haynes, Ron Mix, Mike Singletary, Jackie Slater and Jack Youngblood.

     

    www.pfrpa.com 

    The Players Congress

    The Players Congress was launched in 2013 for the benefit of over 19,000 NFL veterans and family members of deceased players. The organization’s mission is to assist retired players, families, widows and various Community Causes via income generated through its apparel manufacturing and import business, along with held interest in other projects. The organization functions as a C-Corp (For Profit) and is owned, operated and controlled solely by Retired Players. The Players Congress joined with manufacturing giant, J.H. Design Group, NFL Properties and the Dallas Cowboys in a joint apparel-licensing venture that includes training and opportunities for former players. A portion of royalties are distributed to players through the Pioneer Assistance Fund, the Widows Fund, scholarship assistance and other programs. 

    For more information please visit us at : http://www.playerscongress.com

    Ronnie Barnes

    PCF Board Appointee

    Ronnie Barnes has served as Head Athletic Trainer of the New York Giants since 1980 and Senior Vice President of Medical Services since 2014.  A former Giants student intern and Michigan State University Athletic Trainer, Barnes has served on numerous committees, both for the NATA and NFL. Barnes was the first African American graduate of the Sports Medicine Department at his alma mater, East Carolina University and was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame, one of the most prestigious awards an athletic trainer can receive He is currently a member of the NFL Head Neck and Spine Committee, NFL Foot and Ankle Committee, and Liaison to the NFL Equipment Managers Meeting.  Ronnie has served on the NFL Player Care Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2022.

    Tricia Bent-Goodley Ph.D., LICSW, LCSW-C

    PCF Board Appointee

    Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley Ph.D., LICSW, LCSW-C currently serves as Team Clinician for the Baltimore Ravens.  In this role, Tricia provides counseling, clinical care, crisis management, and intervention in mental health emergencies to players, coaches, significant others, and family members.  She is also a member of the NFL Team Clinician Advisory Board.  Tricia is a Professor Emeritus at Howard University School of Social Work and a Graduate Professor of Public Health in the Howard University Graduate School where she served as Founding Director of the Howard University Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program.  Tricia received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. from Columbia University. Dr. Tricia has served on the NFL Player Care Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2022.

    Andre Collins

    NFL Players Association Appointee

    Andre played in the NFL for 10 years including starting in Super Bowl XXVI for the Washington Redskins. He currently serves as the NFLPA Director of Former Players Services and Executive Director of the Professional Athletes Foundation, helping players transition out of the game. He is responsible for managing a department that services the League’s former players, creating a sense of community, compassion and opportunity working with 38 former players’ chapters across the country. Andre’s personal experiences after leaving the game and a desire to make the transition smoother for retirees is his driving force on the board.

    Carlie Irsay-Gordon

    PCF Board Appointee

    Carlie Irsay-Gordon is in currently in her 11th season as Vice Chair/Owner of the Indianapolis Colts.  Raised in and around the organization, Carlie interned with the club’s Football Operations and Marketing departments while pursuing her undergraduate degree at Skidmore College.  She has represented the Colts at NFL Owners’ Meetings since 2004 and is involved in all aspects of the organization, specifically in directing the team’s growing digital, social media, content, and production operations.  Carlie is a member of the NFL’s Media Owned & Operated Committee, which oversees the NFL Network, NFL.com, NFL Mobile and other league-owned media properties.  She also serves on the boards of Visit Indy, Park Tudor School, and co-chair of the Indy Championships Fund.  Carlie has served on the NFL Player Care Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2022.

    Ozzie Newsome

    National Football League Appointee

    Ozzie played in the NFL for 13 seasons and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He has spent an additional 26 years holding various executive positions in the NFL. Since 2002 he has been the General Manager of the Baltimore Ravens, the first African-American to occupy this position in League history. Ozzie has experienced many great NFL moments, but it is the day to day, being in touch with the players that he most enjoys. His PCF board position gives him the opportunity to help the many great men who paved the way for today’s game.

    Roman Oben

    PCF Board Appointee

    As a member of the NFL Alumni Board of Directors Roman Oben is charged with the responsibility of providing effective governance to the organization's mission and strategic direction, as well as giving guidance, assistance, and oversight to the Executive Director. In 2015, Oben joined the NFL as Director of Youth & High School football, where he drives the league’s youth football strategy and develops new programs to encourage participation in tackle and flag football. Oben’s professional playing career began with the New York Giants in 1996 and continued in Cleveland, Tampa Bay and San Diego. Throughout, Oben has been a leader and advocate for youth sports enrichment, and has received countless awards for community service both as an NFL player and off the field.

    Will Shields

    Professional Football Hall of Fame Appointee

    Will Shields was drafted in the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, and in his illustrious 14-season career, never missed a game and set franchise marks with 224 games played and 223 starts.  Will earned his first Pro Bowl berth following the 1995 season and embarked on a string of 12 straight AFC-NFC Pro Bowl berths that ran through the end of his career.  He is a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s, and in 1999, joined Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Thomas as the only active players to be named to the Chiefs’ 40th Anniversary Team.  In 2011, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and three years later was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.  In 2003 Shields was the recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, for his work in The "Will to Succeed" Foundation, the charitable organization he started in 1993.  Will has served on the NFL Player Care Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2022.

    Al Smith

    NFL Alumni Association Appointee

    Al Smith is a former All-Pro National Football League player, executive, author, and speaker with over 25 years of leadership experience in sports, business, broadcasting, and community service.

    A collegiate standout, Smith was inducted into the Utah State Athletic Hall of Fame and selected for the State of Utah’s All-Century Team. In 1987, he was drafted by the Houston Oilers, where some of his NFL career highlights include multiple Pro Bowl selections and First Team All-Pro Honors.

    Currently, Al serves on the Board of Directors for the NFL Alumni Association, the American Cancer Society, and Ambassador to the NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative.

     

    Harold Henderson

    President

    Harold R. Henderson served as NFL Executive Vice President for Labor Relations and Chairman of the NFL Management Council Executive Committee for sixteen years. In that capacity, he had responsibility for all aspects of the League's player and labor relations, with a legal and professional staff of 44 reporting to him. After 2007 Mr. Henderson focused on Player Development programs; drug, alcohol, steroid and conduct policies; and benefits for current and former players. He has been President of the NFL Player Care Foundation since its creation, and continued in that role after his retirement from the NFL in 2012.

    Belinda Lerner

    Executive Director

    Belinda Lerner is the Executive Director for the NFL Player Care Foundation and Vice President of NFL Alumni Affairs and Retired Player Programs. In her role as Executive for the NFL Player Care Foundation, she is responsible for directing all the Foundation’s operations including grant distribution and managing charitable partnerships and programs. As Vice President, she represents the NFL in a variety of matters focusing primarily on player disabilities and health and wellness programming. Ms. Lerner was the first female attorney to be employed by the NFL when she was hired in July 1993 to work in the NFL Management Council. During her tenure with the NFL, she negotiated the first collective bargaining agreement with the NFL game officials union, has represented NFL clubs in numerous arbitration hearings, and has provided them with advice and council on a variety of collective bargaining and employment issues.

    Brendan Wilson

    Secretary

    Brendan Wilson is a partner at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, where he serves as a member of the firm’s tax-exempt organizations practice group. In that role, Mr. Wilson counsels charities, private foundations and associations on tax and corporate law matters. He has worked with the NFL Player Care Foundation since its founding in 2007 and has been a member of its Scholarship Committee since 2016, helping former NFL players pursue various post-graduate educational opportunities.

    Nate Recknagel

    Clinical and Research Director

    Nate Recknagel is currently the Clinical and Research Director for the Player Care Foundation. Nate's prior experience as a Clinical Social Worker allows him to effectively serve as a liaison between former players and social service providers, with the goal of satisfying the emotional, financial, health, employment, and all other needs of former players. Nate provides direction on all Clinical PCF Programs, which includes PCF’s Mental Health Screening Program, clinical research, and clinical treatment partnerships. In the past, Nate served as a Mental Health Clinician with the Psychiatric Emergency Services in the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry and as a Medical Social Worker at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. Prior to becoming a social worker, Nate played baseball at the University of Michigan and with the Cleveland Indians organization.

    Valon Alford

    Clinical Program Manager

    Valon Alford is a Clinical Coordinator with the NFL Player Care Foundation. In this role, Valon assists former players who have separated from the game in addressing critical transition areas, including: physical health, money management, and employment. As a clinical social worker, Valon adds mental health expertise to the psychosocial factors involved with case management. Prior to joining PCF, Valon worked as a Clinical Social Worker with the Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency. Valon has provided psychotherapy, behaviorally-based case planning, and court supervised case management services to children and families, as well as military beneficiaries during various stages of transition. 

    Dana Lihan

    Program Director

    Dana Lihan is the NFL Player Care Foundation's Program Director.  In
    this role, Dana provides direction on all PCF programs.  Dana helps all
    former players at any point in their post-NFL life by developing an
    individualized case management process.  Dana participates in programs
    ranging from career transition, financial assistance and health and
    wellness, including coordinating neurological exams and connecting them
    with many of PCF's former NFL player partners.  She directs the PCF
    Healthy Body and Mind Screening Program, its national cardiovascular and
    prostate screening program that also offers mental health resources and
    education free of charge to all former players.  Prior to joining PCF
    Dana directed the activities of the NFL Alumni's Dire Need Charitable
    Trust, and since 2001 has worked as a Certified Child Advocate with the
    Guardian ad Litem Program, which provides legal support for abused ,
    abandoned and neglected children in foster care.

    Andrew Jo

    Assistant Treasurer/Program Manager

    Andrew Jo is a Senior Manager of Retired Player Programs at the National Football League. In this role Andrew manages incoming player cases for the NFL Player Care Foundation and provides support to former NFL players in the areas of post career resources, financial assistance, and mental health and wellness.  In addition to case management, Andrew evaluates all PCF grant requests to ensure grant making is ethical, transparent, and compliant with the Foundation’s bylaws, manages PCF’s annual operating budget, and all financial reporting for the Foundation. Since 2019, Andrew has served as the inaugural Chairperson for the NFL’s Asian Professional Exchange (APEX) Employee Resource Group where he works to promote the integration of DEI initiatives into the NFL business plan, focus groups and educational/cultural awareness trainings.  Prior to his work at the NFL, Andrew was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Zambia where he worked alongside the Zambian Ministry of Education on strengthening its radio education and open & distance learning initiatives

    Jason Cantor

    Program Manager

    Jason Cantor works as the Foundation Manager of the NFL Player Care Foundation. In this role Jason manages incoming player cases for the NFL Player Care Foundation and provides support to retired NFL players in the areas of financial assistance, health and wellness, and NFL benefits. In 2015, Jason introduced the NFL Player Care Foundation Scholarship to help retired players pursue further education. Prior to his time with the Player Care Foundation, Jason worked on the philanthropic and volunteer initiatives of the 2014 NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee. Jason has worked in different capacities in sports with the New Jersey Nets, New York Jets, Intuit Talent Marketing Agency, Rutgers Football, and The Baseball Assistance Team at Major League Baseball.

    A.J. Forbes

    Program Coordinator

    In his role as a coordinator, A.J. spearheads Career Portal expansion efforts, assists with the planning and execution of career fairs and ultimately helps improve the quality of life of retired NFL players through sustainable career opportunities. While working at PCF, A.J. is a member of the Racial Equity Committee (REC) and resides in Orlando, Florida, where he is pursuing his Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master’s in Sports Business Management (MSBM) at the University of Central Florida. At UCF, A.J. also serves as a lead graduate assistant for Dr. Richard Lapchick at The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) – where he leads efforts on Racial and Gender Report Cards for various professional leagues, including the NFL. Before PCF, the Iowa-native and oldest of four received his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa prior to relocating to Washington, DC, for an internship with The Trust (Powered by the NFLPA).

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