Winter registration is open with our education partner, Indiana University's Kelley School of Business! We spoke with running back Donald Brown, one of our players taking courses to further his education, to learn more about his experience. Donald is from Atlantic HIghlands, New Jersey, and entered the 2009 Draft after attending University of Connecticut. He was selected in the first round by the Indianapolis Colts and has played for the Colts, Chargers and Patriots.

Registration for the winter term at Kelley School of Business is open through October 23. Learn more about our education opportunities for both active and former players and get started today!

What motivated you to begin an MBA at the Kelley School of Business? How was the registration process? 

DB: The desire to increase my knowledge of business and finances motivated me to enroll in Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business MBA program. The registration process was pretty seamless. All you need to do is post your resume, write a personal statement and get two letters of recommendation.


Why did you sign up?

DB: This business degree will assist in future endeavors post-football.


Why do you think guys are resistant to go back to school?

DB: Every individual has different reasons and situations.  However, the longer you are out of school, the harder it is to go back.  If any player has even the smallest desire to continue their education, I highly recommend this program.


How do you balance family and fatherhood and your education?

DB: It forced me to be more purposeful with time and really helped put my priorities in order. I primarily do my work early morning or after the kids are asleep at night. My wife has been very supportive during this process.  


How many hours did you have to commit weekly?

DB: This program is designed for people with full-time jobs and other commitments. Depending on the time of year dictates what class(es) I take. The professors are very understanding and work with you – so you can put as much work on your plate as you’d like.


What advice do you have for players entering the league?

DB: If you haven’t gotten your undergraduate degree, go back and finish! I went back and finished up my final semester after my rookie season.  I wanted to make good on my promise to my parents to finish school.  Also, I want my children to know the importance and the benefits of continuing your education.

Take advantage of the different programs that the NFLPA has - player development, player wellness and other off season programs.


Fun Fact

DB: I love to surf!


Find Donald on Twitter and Instagram @Donaldb31.