Former Player Advisory Board
Matt Dorsett is a native New Orleanian. He’s serving a second term as President of the New Orleans Chapter. Dorsett served his chapter originally as a chapter officer and Vice President, before being elected as President.
James is presently the President of the NFLPA Tampa Chapter and a newly elected Advisory Board member of the NFLPA. He was born in Tampa, Florida and graduated from Chamberlain High School. He played college football at the University of Florida and received a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising in 1984.
James played at total of 10 years of professional football (Detroit Lions-1979-1983), Tampa Bay Bandits (USFL 1984-1985), (Lions 1985-1986) and Kansas City Chiefs (1987-1988).
After his playing career James worked for the Tampa Housing Authority’s Executive Staff for 12 years as Director of Public Safety and Youth Programs before retiring in 2003.
Since retiring James has served as a volunteer on numerous boards and has been an officer in the NFLPA Tampa Chapter for more than twenty years, advocating for benefits and programs to help former players live productive lives regardless of the obstacles and challenges that they face after their playing days: behavioral health, financial hardships, and educational housing and medical expenses.
James is married to Maria Yoder-Harrell and has 4 children. He presently lives in Odessa, Florida.
Holmes, Priest - Chairman
Priest Holmes grew up in San Antonio, Texas, where he attended John Marshall High School and led his football team to the State Championship Game his senior year. In 1992, Holmes went on to play for the University of Texas Longhorns and began studying Sports Management. In 1997, Priest's football career took him to the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent. There, Holmes played for 4 years and earned a Super Bowl Ring during the 2000 NFL season. Catapulting off that success, Priest signed a free-agent deal in 2001 with the Kansas City Chiefs where he would play for seven seasons and make a lasting impression setting records and demonstrating his breakthrough ability. Most notably, in his first year with the Chiefs, Holmes became the NFL's leading rusher totaling 1,555 yards for the season. In 2007, Priest announced his retirement from the game, but not before attaining the Chief's franchise records for all-time total touchdowns, rushing touchdowns, and rushing yards.
Holmes has always set a standard of excellence, be it on or off the field. His football accomplishments have been commemorated over the years in both Texas and Missouri, and in 2002 he was named the Pillar of Character for Fairness by the San Antonio Northside Education Foundation. Priest was inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame, Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, University of Texas Hall of Honors, and Texas High School Hall of Fame. And, in 2014, he was forever eternalized as #31 with induction into the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame.
As proud as he is of his 11-year NFL career, Priest has gone on to accomplish a great deal upon his retirement, including becoming one of his hometown's most active philanthropists. Always a forward-thinker, Holmes founded the Priest Holmes Foundation (PHF) in 2005 to set up his life after the game. PHF is committed to ENCOURAGING education and ENHANCING the lives of children in the community. Through comprehensive programs and scholarships, Holmes' Foundation has laid the groundwork to EMPOWER students to achieve brighter and more prosperous futures. Furthermore, in 2015, Priest demonstrated his dedication to education by finishing his degree at the University of Texas and obtaining a bachelor’s in education.
Holmes currently resides in San Antonio, and in addition to his devotion to various charitable initiatives, Priest is actively involved in the NFL Players Association (NFLPA). He has held every leadership position within the San Antonio - Austin Chapter and is commencing his second term on the Former Player Advisory Board. In addition, Holmes was selected to serve as one of two Former Players on the NFLPA Executive Committee from 2018-2020 and was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Former Player Advisory Board. This honor will once again give him a seat on the Executive Committee from 2020-2022.
Bobby Howard is native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With an insatiable love for sports it would be football that would fuel his passion and afford him the opportunity to receive a full football scholarship to Indiana University, where he studied business administration. Because of his outstanding athletic ability, he would later be drafted into the National Football League (NFL) and play professional football with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In 1993, after suffering severe kidney disease, life as he knew it would be changed forever. Bobby received a life-changing, life-giving kidney transplant on October 25, 1994. Since then, Mr. Howard has dedicated his life to helping others who face life-threatening health challenges by leading collaborative efforts for LifeLink of Georgia. As Director of LifeLink of Georgia’s Multicultural Donation Education Program, he earned the Achievement Award for Outstanding Service and Dedication to the LifeLink mission.
Mr. Howard is President of the Atlanta Chapter and has faithfully served in the following capacities: President of the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation, President of the Georgia Transplant Foundation, LifeLink®Foundation Board of Governors, an advisory board member of the United Network of Organ Sharing, and Donate Life America.
Mr. Howard was identified as one of six exceptional community leaders across the country by Coors Light and named Atlanta’s Coors Light’s Ice Cold Leader. Mr. Howard was awarded the Thomas F. Smith Leadership Award, Georgia Transplant Foundation and was inducted into the city of Pittsburgh High School Hall of Fame.
As an ambassador for life, Mr. Howard continues to be in high demand as a motivational speaker nationally and locally. He has been featured in major media outlets such as USA Today, Jet Magazine, The Tavis Smiley Show, The Reverend Al Sharpton Show; The Ed Gordon Shows TBN, Good Day Atlanta, Focus Atlanta, and Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting, just to name a few.
Rob was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. He attended Istrouma High School where he earned All District, All-State, and Academic All-State. He graduated 3rd in his Senior Class with a 3.998 GPA. Rob was a member of the Louisiana High School All Star Game. After High School Rob played collegiately at Northwestern State University where he helped lead the NSU to a Southland Conference Championship in 1996. Rob left Northwestern as one of thirteen All-Time Team Captain and Top 100 Players in Northwestern State History! Rob was recently inducted into the Northwestern State Hall of Distinction in the College of Business in 2018. He was also nominated for the NSU Hall of Fame in 2020. Rob went on to play for the Baltimore Ravens earning (2) accredited seasons. He was part of the Raven's inaugural season opening up M&T Bank Stadium. A fun fact about Rob is he played pop-warner football with Warrick Dunn. He was roommates for 2 years in Baltimore with Priest Holmes.
Rob has 20+ years of financial services experience. Rob has served in numerous Senior Executive Leadership Roles with GMFS, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase. Rob has extensive leadership experience as a culture-centric builder, change agent, and P & L Leader. As a Senior Leader, Rob has been a dynamic innovator and influencer. Rob is best known for restructuring organizations and expanding foundations for scale. Recognized for establishing an identity of culture by hiring and sourcing diverse and competitive successful talent. Rob possesses a unique ability to integrate cross-functionally to drive value and keen focus on accountability and KPM’s. He has established creditability in transforming difficult opportunities into dynamic and successful outcomes. Increasing compliance gaps by 50%, rebuilding P&L’s from a loss to a substantial gain year over year and taking an expansion market from ground zero to an established well-built ecosystem are a few highlights Rob is very proud of.
Rob is passionate about building and coaching a successful team building the foundation and "culture of caring." His leadership skills and ability to develop a winning culture has played a key role to his success serving in many different geographies during his leadership journey, moving from Georgia to Florida and from Florida to Virginia. Rob has served as a Servant Leader across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic and has developed a tremendous followership as a result of his leadership. Rob thrives on the acronym CPR. Culture, People and Relationships are the 3 core ingredients that Rob likes to develop his business model behind. Rob is a big component of collaborating with internal partners and driving strategy that will encourage a great customer experience internally so that the team can drive a great customer experience externally and helping customers succeed financially!
Sewall, Robert "Bobby"
Robert “Bobby” Sewall graduated from Brown University with a double major in Economics and American History. He finished his career at Brown as a two-time All American, three-time All-Ivy League selection, and top ten in Ivy League History in catches and yards. Bobby was selected as an UDFA by the Tennessee Titans in 2010 and concluded his career in 2013 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bobby remained proactive during his football career, taking internships on Wall Street. Upon the completion of his NFL tenure, Bobby took his talents to Merrill Lynch, where he led a Wealth Management team for 6 years, before forming his own Financial Services company, Sewall Financial Group, in 2019.
Bobby is a former Vice President and two-time President of the New York/New Jersey Chapter, and is the youngest member named to the NFLPA Former Player Advisory Board.
Byron Williams grew up in Texarkana, Texas. He received a football scholarship to UT Arlington and studied Business Management. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1983, before joining the New York Giants later that season. Williams played wide receiver for a total of 12 seasons in the NFL, CFL, and World Football League.
Williams currently serves on the UTA Advisory Board & UTA Alumni Board. He also serves as an Elder at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas and serve on several ministries at CBC.
Williams is passionate about giving back to local communities and has been hosting and directing football camps for over 25 years. He is the founder and owner of Football Minicamps and BW Sports, LLC. He was the first athlete to be inducted into his high school, Liberty Eylau High School Hall of Honor in 2011. He received the NFL Unsung Athlete Award in 2012 in Community Outreach and Youth Development. The City of Texarkana, Texas honored him in the 2016 Fox Sports Hall of Fame. He was a Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame Inductee in 2017. He was honored at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2017 for the African American Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award. Williams is a Youth Sports Ambassador for United Youth Football and Victory 7v7 Organization. Williams founded the charity organization Best Wishes Foundation www.bestwishesfoundation.com.
Williams served as President of the NFLPA Dallas Chapter for 2012 – 2017, with a mission to be player focused, family driven, and community serving. Williams is currently serving his second term as a Former Player Advisory Board member.
Williams married his high school sweetheart, Beverly. They have been married for 36 years and they have two adult daughters, Brandy K. and Blair K. His hobbies are mentoring, hosting football camps, golfing, fishing, motivational speaking, and spending time with his two grandsons Landon and Lincoln Broden.