The programs that run from April 6-8 are part of an ongoing NFL- NFLPA initiative to assist players in preparing for their post-playing careers. Tuition will be covered by the NFL’s Tuition Reimbursement Program. Veteran players may be reimbursed up to $15,000 per league year for education expenses at an accredited institution of higher learning.
In addition to Brees, Green and Dawkins, all of whom will be participating in the workshop at the Wharton School, Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Dhani Jones, wide receiver Freddie Mitchell, and Kansas City Chiefs fullback Tony Richardson are among the players enrolled in the Harvard Business School workshop.
Three members of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will also take part. Defensive back Je'Rod Cherry and linebacker Ted Johnson will participate in the workshop at Harvard Business School. Tight end Christian Fauria is enrolled in the Wharton School program.
As part of its custom executive education activities, Harvard Business School has developed a customized workshop targeted to the needs of NFL players interested in owning, operating or building their own businesses. The Wharton Sports Business Initiative and Wharton Executive Education have collaborated to develop a combination classroom and field-based workshop. It focuses on personal investments as well as entrepreneurial opportunities for players transitioning from their football careers. Both three-day programs run from April 6-8. The Harvard program concludes with an additional three-day session in May. The Wharton program offers follow-up with a year-long support program.
"This is one of many important steps that the union is taking to assist NFL players in their lives off the playing field," said Buffalo Bills cornerback Troy Vincent, who is president of the NFL Players Association and will be participating in the program at the Wharton School.
"I know first hand how challenging it is to begin that second career. We are delighted that we are able to provide this additional assistance to players," added NFL Vice President of Player and Employee Development Mike Haynes, a Pro Football Hall of Famer who took executive education classes during his playing career.
Career development after football has become an increasing concern of the NFLPA in the last few years - gone are the days when players like Haynes had to further their educations on their own. In an AP story last year, Vincent pointed to the alarming number of ex-players who call the NFL offices on a regular basis looking for jobs, and there are far too many unfortunate stories of former stars who have fallen on hard times.
Following are the NFL players enrolled in the workshop at the Harvard Business School (most recent team listed in parenthesis if player is a free agent):
|DB Jason Bell||Houston||LB Ted Johnson||New England|
|DB Jack Brewer||NY Giants||DE Lance Johnstone||Minnesota|
|T Ray Brown||Washington||LB Dhani Jones||Philadelphia|
|G Ruben Brown||Chicago||TE Dustin Lyman||Chicago|
|DB Je'Rod Cherry||(New England)||LB Mike Maslowski||Kansas City|
|QB Todd Collins||Kansas City||WR Freddie Mitchell||Philadelphia|
|RB Greg Comella||(Tampa Bay)||LB Ryan Nece||Tampa Bay|
|LB Sam Cowart||Minnesota||P Kyle Richardson||Cleveland|
|DE Jerry DeLoach||Houston||RB Tony Richardson||Kansas City|
|WR Damon Dunn||Retired (Jax, Cle, Dal, NYJ)||DB Dainon Sidney||Detroit|
|DE Demetric Evans||Washington||DB Jason Simmons||Houston|
|TE Kendall Gammon||Kansas City||DB Pat Terrell||Retired (Car., GB, NYJ, Rams)|
|DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila||Green Bay||LB Kailee Wong||Houston|
|LB Barrett Green||NY Giants||DE Renaldo Wynn||Washington|
|C Justin Hartwig||Tennessee|
|C Kevin Houser||New Orleans|
Following are the NFL players enrolled in the workshop at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (most recent team listed in parenthesis if player is a free agent):
|T Willie Anderson||Cincinnati||DE N.D. Kalu||Philadelphia|
|LB Micheal Barrow||Washington||QB Danny Kanell||Denver|
|QB Drew Brees||San Diego||LB Jason Kyle||Carolina|
|K Doug Brien||NY Jets||DT Steve Martin||Minnesota|
|TE Mark Bruener||Houston||DT Alvin McKinley||Cleveland|
|T Javiar Collins||Cleveland||G Brandon Moore||New York Jets|
|RB Casey Cramer||Carolina||LB Jim Nelson||(Indianapolis)|
|DB Brian Dawkins||Philadelphia||LB Hardy Nickerson||Retired (Pit., TB, Jax., GB)|
|TE Darnell Dinkins||Baltimore||DB Brian Russell||(Minnesota)|
|TE Christian Fauria||New England||RB Rod Smart||Carolina|
|DE Akbar Gbaja-Biamila||Oakland||LB Takeo Spikes||Buffalo|
|RB Ahman Green||Green Bay||TE Brad St. Louis||Cincinnati|
|DB Robert Griffith||Arizona||DB Bobby Taylor||Seattle|
|DB William Hampton||Carolina||LB David Thornton||(Indianapolis)|
|TE Ben Hartsock||Indianapolis||DB Troy Vincent||Buffalo|
|DB Terrence Holt||Detroit||DB Dewayne Washington||(Jacksonville)|
|RB Terry Jackson||San Francisco||TE Roland Williams||St. Louis|
|T Matt Joyce||Detroit||DB Jimmy Wyrick||(Miami)|
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