FAQs

It is a set of resources and services designed to provide eligible former players with the support, skills and tools to help ensure success in life after football. We chose “The Trust” as a name to convey what our core values are and what we stand for. We are here to serve players and earn their trust through continued interaction, relationship building, and feedback.

Discussions with active and former players led the NFLPA to the decision to aggregate earned benefits, including resources and a set of programs dedicated to former player support – thus The Trust was developed. The name “The Trust” implies a sense of belonging – a tight-knit group of which a player is already a member. The name also aims to convey importance and exclusivity – “The” implies that it’s the one and only. 

The Trust operates as a team, with each eligible former player’s success being the sole measure of the organization's success, individually and collectively. The Trust's goal is to empower former players to take charge of their health, careers, finances, education and growth. We find solutions not excuses. We work with players to develop their gameplans and welcome their feedback along every step of the way.

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.

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, Babson 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 and Hillard Heintze.

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):
Dennis Curran, Senior Vice President of Labor Litigation and Policy // General Counsel of 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):
Dennis Curran, Senior Vice President of Labor Litigation and Policy // General Counsel of 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