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Brandon Parker, Senior Communications Manager



WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the heels of completing one of the most unique NFL seasons ever, 120 NFL players will begin focusing on their professional development off the field by taking part in the third annual NFLPA #AthleteAnd Workshop. The event, which is the only of its kind exclusively for professional athletes, takes place virtually on Tuesday, February 16.

Through various engaging sessions, participants – which also include more than 20 athletes from other professional sports unions and leagues -- will gain insight from industry leaders as well as active and former players on how to expand their network, develop their brand and leverage the opportunities provided by their careers.

“If the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that athletes are more than the sport that they play,” said Dior Ginyard, director of the NFLPA’s Player Affairs department. “We’re excited to have tripled our number of participants from a year ago and do our part in shifting the narrative as athletes find their identities beyond just the playing field.”

The day-long workshop is uniquely formatted for professional athletes, allowing them to connect with potential mentors, business partners and investors while providing practical wisdom on how to succeed both now and in life after football. By using these tools and resources, player participants will better be able to write their own endings to the phrase “Athlete And ­____.”

Programming begins with a panel on how to balance one’s profession and passions, featuring Demario Davis (New Orleans Saints All-Pro linebacker), Nneka Ogwumike (WNBA All-Star and WNBPA President) and Spencer Paysinger (former NFL player and TV/film producer). This will be followed by “learning lab sprints,” -- 15-minute sessions led by industry experts on branding for athletes, how to network effectively and mastering the art of public speaking.

Closing out the event is a fireside chat with brothers Emmanuel Acho (former NFL player, FS1 analyst and New York Times best-selling author) and Sam Acho (NFL linebacker, author and speaker) on how athletes can best leverage their platform and power for good.

“My main hope in attending the #AthleteAnd workshop is to learn from other players and the NFLPA so we can collaborate as much as possible to make a positive difference,” Arizona Cardinals veteran linebacker Devon Kennard said. “There’s power in connecting with like-minded people, especially within the athlete community.”

Full list of NFLPA player member participants below:

First Name Last Name Team
LaDarius Hamilton Dallas Cowboys
Tommy Townsend Kansas City Chiefs
Cameron Clark New York Jets
Kyle Dugger New England Patriots
Deyon Sizer Denver Broncos
Sergio Castillo Free Agent
Justin Hollins Los Angeles Rams
Winston Rose Cincinnati Bengals
Alexander Myres Detroit Lions
Donta Hightower New England Patriots
Tahir Whitehead Carolina Panthers
Cameron Nizialek Free Agent
Shakial Taylor New York Giants
Clay Johnston Carolina Panthers
JT Hassell New York Jets
Emmanuel Ellerbee Free Agent
Jordan Mack Carolina Panthers
Josh Johnson San Francisco 49ers
Sam Koch Baltimore Ravens
Brett Hundley Arizona Cardinals
Nicholas Allegretti Kansas City Chiefs
Charles Harris Atlanta Falcons
Joe Reed Los Angeles Chargers
Johnny Stanton Cleveland Browns
Lane Taylor Green Bay Packers
DeAndre Washington Miami Dolphins
Johnathan Howard Jacksonville Jaguars
Jamil Demby Los Angeles Rams
Picasso Nelson Free Agent
Za'Darius Smith Green Bay Packers
Chase Winovich New England Patriots
Keandre Jones Cincinnati Bengals
Sewo Olonilua Dallas Cowboys
Gabriel Wright Jacksonville Jaguars
Tom Kennedy Detroit Lions
John Townsend Baltimore Ravens
Woodrow Hamilton IV Carolina Panthers
Madre Harper New York Giants
J.C. Hassenauer Pittsburgh Steelers
Marcus Cannon New England Patriots
Jonathan Harris Denver Broncos
Isaiah Johnson Free Agent
Sam Young Las Vegas Raiders
Ian Bunting Free Agent
Amba Tawo Free Agent
Charles Leno Jr Chicago Bears
Reid Sinnett Miami Dolphins
Blake Ferguson Miami Dolphins
Rex Sunahara Free Agent
Brian Cole Miami Dolphins
Bryant Mitchell Free Agent
Alec Ingold Las Vegas Raiders
Nathan Cottrell Jacksonville Jaguars
Aldrick Rosas Jacksonville Jaguars
Vincent Taylor Cleveland Browns
Devon Kennard Arizona Cardinals
Akeem King Miami Dolphins
Casey Toohill Washington Football Team
Elijah Riley Philadelphia Eagles
Jordan Brailford Minnesota Vikings
Jonathan Ward Arizona Cardinals
William Sweet III Dallas Cowboys
Andrew Dowell Free Agent
Kevin Hogan Free Agent
Johnson Bademosi New Orleans Saints
Briean Boddy-Calhoun Free Agent
Brent Qvale Houston Texans
Geremy Davis Free Agent
John Leglue Pittsburgh Steelers
Corey Nelson Free Agent
Sharif Finch New York Jets
Calvin Taylor Pittsburgh Steelers
Tavon Wilson Indianapolis Colts
Rodney McLeod Philadelphia Eagles
Ventell Bryant Carolina Panthers
Matthew Hennessy Atlanta Falcons
Jeremiah Attaochu Denver Broncos
Will Compton Tennessee Titans
Cole Toner Los Angeles Chargers
Christopher Williams Indianapolis Colts
Jermaine Carter Jr Carolina Panthers
Krishawn Hogan Arizona Cardinals
Christian Kirk Arizona Cardinals
Josh Woods Chicago Bears
Nico Falah Free Agent
Dylan Mabin Minnesota Vikings
Michael Thomas Houston Texans
Cody Davis New England Patriots
Judy Adjei-Barimah Former Player
Ryan Nall Chicago Bears
DJ Coker Free Agent
Kyle Markway Cleveland Browns
Derrick Brown Carolina Panthers
Corbin Kaufusi San Francisco 49ers
Bronson Kaufusi Green Bay Packers
Jake Benzinger Indianapolis Colts
Patrick Laird Miami Dolphins
Willie Wright Atlanta Falcons
Dan Skipper Free Agent
Robert Griffin III Free Agent
Doug Middleton Jacksonville Jaguars
Daniel Munyer Tennessee Titans
Trey Burton Indianapolis Colts
Darion Clark Chicago Bears
Joshua Andrews New York Jets
Charles Jones Pittsburgh Steelers
Dennis Gardeck Arizona Cardinals
Wesley Hills Free Agent
Marcus Gilbert Arizona Cardinals
Lirim Hajrullahu Carolina Panthers
Oren Burks Green Bay Packers
Brett Toth Philadelphia Eagles
Tanzel Smart New York Jets
Sherrick McManis Chicago Bears
Bobby Okereke Indianapolis Colts
Jake Eldrenkamp Indianapolis Colts
Jonathan Owens Houston Texans
Josh Watson Denver Broncos
David Onyemata New Orleans Saints
Jester Weah Chicago Bears
ByronJonesMiami Dolphins

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