FAQs

The Trust is a set of resources designed to provide eligible former players with the support, skills and tools to help ensure success in life after football. We are here to serve former players and connect you with the world-class benefits you’ve earned.

The Trust was made for players, by players. Discussions with active and former players and the NFLPA launched a movement to provide customized earned benefits to the brotherhood of Trust-eligible former NFL players. We started with a fundamental question: Why do some former players transition more successfully than others after the NFL? Our goal is to provide the answer, and to ensure that every Trust-eligible former NFL player achieves success after football.


Your success is the single measure of our success. Our #1 goal is to equip and empower you. The Trust is your new team. We find solutions not excuses! We work with you to develop your gameplan post-NFL. You’ve earned membership in The Trust. We are here to assist you in taking charge of your health, career, finances, education and continued growth.

All former NFL players with two or more credited seasons are eligible for The Trust. If a former player has less than two credited seasons, please contact The Trust staff to determine what resources the NFLPA or NFL can be provide.

If you are participating in Non-NFL Football Activity, you are able to utilize all of The Trust’s available services and resources, EXCEPT for the Medical/Wellness assessments.

“Non-NFL Football Activity” is defined as including, but not limited to:

  • Signing a CFL, Arena League or any other football league contract to play football
  • Participating in any CFL, Arena League or any other football league practice activity or games

Should I engage in Non-NFL Football Activity of any kind, and at any time, during my enrollment in The Trust, I understand I am required to notify The Trust immediately.

Please contact The Trust at 866.725.0063 or info@playerstrust.com to learn more.

The Trust created the Free Agent Program, in partnership with EXOS, to meet the needs of NFL players who have been released from a roster.

You are eligible for the Free Agent Program if:

  • You have at least two credited seasons in the NFL
  • You are not currently on a NFL roster
  • You have not received your severance pay benefit under the CBA

Visit www.FAProgram.com to learn more and get started.

For the Brain & Body Pillar, The Trust has partnered with University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Brain and Body Health Program; Tulane University and Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine; Cleveland Clinic (locations in Ohio, Florida, Nevada and Hoag Institute of Neuroscience in California) and the Massachusetts General Hospital Brain and Body Program.

For the Career Pillar, we have partnered with AthLife and Lee Hecht Harrison.

For the Educational Pillar, we have partnered with AthLife.

For the Lifestyle Pillar, our partners are EXOS and The YMCA.

For the Financial Pillar, we have partnered with Financial Finesse.

The Gameplan is an overall, customized plan for success – it will give the former player the best sense of where he is, where he should be and how to get there. Once the former player completes intake, his Gameplan will be initiated. The Gameplan is a combination of input from the former player and his Program Manager. Each resource is designed as a “key” to success for each player’s attainment.

The Trust has partnered with leading health providers around the country to provide these assessments. The Trust staff will assist players in scheduling evaluations at the facility closest to their homes.

Certain travel costs are paid for by The Trust, including accommodations, transportation and meals. To determine which travel costs are covered please contact The Trust directly.

Our website is the best source of information available to former players, including information about our resources, our partners and video testimonials. Social media interaction, articles, webinars, descriptions of resources, and other online tools can be accessed through the website.

The Trust holds events throughout the year to engage with former and recently transitioned players. These events offer an opportunity for players to learn more about The Trust, as well as reconnect and network with their peers and Trust partners. Click here to see all of our upcoming events: http://playerstrust.com/events.

The Trust does not replace the NFLPA Former Players department, existing benefits or the Professional Athletes Foundation. The Trust is available to support and enhance the benefits already provided to former players by the NFLPA.

The funding was negotiated as part of the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFLPA and the NFL. 

Call Toll Free: (866) 725-0063– to get in touch with a staff member of The Trust and they will be able to refer you to the appropriate resources. You can also contact us via the website or send us an email to info@playerstrust.com.

Board of Trustees for the Former Player Benefits Trust Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA Trust)

NFLPA-Appointed Trustees (1133 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036):
DeMaurice F. Smith, Executive Director, NFLPA
Eric Winston, President, NFLPA
Nolan Harrison III, Senior Director, Former Player Services, NFLPA

NFL Management Council-Appointed Trustees (345 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10154):
Larry Ferazani, General Counsel, NFL Management Council
Belinda Lerner, Executive Director of NFL Player Care Foundation // Vice President of Alumni Affairs and Retired Player Programs
Kimberly Fields, NFL Chief Strategy Officer


Board of Trustees for the Labor-Management Cooperation Committee Trust (LMCC Trust)

NFLPA-Appointed Trustees (1133 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036):
DeMaurice F. Smith, Executive Director, NFLPA
Eric Winston, President, NFLPA
Nolan Harrison III, Senior Director, Former Player Services, NFLPA
Rashean Mathis, NFLPA Appointee

NFL Management Council-Appointed Trustees (345 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10154):
Larry Ferazani, General Counsel, NFL Management Council
Belinda Lerner, Executive Director of NFL Player Care Foundation // Vice President of Alumni Affairs and Retired Player Programs
Kimberly Fields, SVP/Special Assistant to the Comissioner - NFL
Patrick Reynolds, NFL Appointee