Frequently Asked Questions

Questions

What is The Trust?

Where did the idea for The Trust come from?

What are the guiding principles of The Trust?

Who is eligible for programs and benefits under The Trust?

How can The Trust's programs benefit my family?

Who are The Trust's partners?

What is a "game plan"?

I want to receive a brain and body assessment. What if there is no health partner in my area?

Is travel provided for access to The Trust services?

What information is available online?

When and where are The Trust's events hosted?

What is going to happen to the benefits I already have?

Where does the Trust get its funding from?

How do I get started?

Answers

What is The Trust?

It is a set of resources, programs and services designed to provide former players with the support, skills and tools to help ensure success off the field and in life after football. We chose The Trust as the name of the program 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.

Where did the idea for The Trust come from?

Discussions with players led the NFLPA to the decision to aggregate resources and create a set of programs for 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. 

What are the guiding principles of The Trust?

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

Who is eligible for programs and benefits under The Trust?

All players with two or more credited seasons are eligible for The Trust. If a player has less than two credited seasons, please contact The Trust staff to determine which services can be provided.

How can The Trust's programs benefit my family?

The Trust offers a total wellness platform. Resources in such areas as health and nutrition, financial education, continuing education and entrepreneurship are beneficial, not only to you – the player – but to your family as well.

Who are The Trust's partners?

For services in our Brain and Body Pillar, The Trust has partnered with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Brain and Body Health Program, the Tulane University and Tulane Institute of Sports MedicineCleveland Clinic and the Massachusetts General Hospital Brain and Body Program.
For the services in our Career Pillar, we have partnered with AthLife, Babson College and SCORE.
For services in our Lifestyle Pillar our partners are EXOS and The YMCA.
For services in our Financial Pillar we have partnered with Financial Finesse and Hillard Heintze.

What is a "gameplan"?

The Gameplan is an overall, customized plan for success – it will give the player the best sense of where he is, where he should be and how to get there. Once the player participates in at least one service, his Gameplan will be initiated. The Gameplan is a combination of input from the player, the partners and The Trust staff. Each service is designed as a “key” to success for each player’s attainment.

I want to receive a brain and body assessment. What if there is no health partner in my area?

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

Is travel provided for access to The Trust services?

All travel cost are paid for by The Trust, including accommodations, transportation and meals.

What information is available online?

Our website has a lot of information available to players, including information about the Six Pillars and video testimonials. Social media interaction, articles, webinars, descriptions of resources, and other online tools can be accessed through the website. We also have a Welcome to The Trust video that provides a nice (and funny) overview of what we're about.

When and where are The Trust's events hosted?

The Trust holds Captain's Events throughout the year in cities across the country. We have also partnered with the NFLPA Former Players Department to host regional and national events throughout the year. More information about the events can always be found here: http://playerstrust.com/events

What is going to happen to the benefits I already have?

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

Where does the Trust get its funding from?

The funding was negotiated in the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFLPA and the league.

How do I get started?

The Trust has partnered with experts in various fields to assist players. Call (202) 212-6180 – 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 e-mail.